Ani Miryala started learning ancient-Indian skincare techniques at an age when most people think "acne" is the misspelling of a Road-Runner plot. Surrounded by uncles who were practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine, Miryala immersed herself in the noninvasive organic methods taught at the family beauty school, eventually opening a spa with her three sisters. As Kate Hamilton of Skin Inc. magazine reported in 2008, Miryala now owns one of the largest female-operated companies in southern India and has brought time-honored Indian traditions to the United States at Anoo's Herbal Day Spa and a dozen other locations worldwide.
The aesthetician and published author has amassed a team of licensed specialists that rejuvenates minds and bodies with chemical-free treatments. Hair-removal technicians refine 80–120 eyebrows per day with signature threading services, leaving behind more clearly defined arches than a freshly poured sidewalk. Pesticide-free fruits and vegetables nourish skin during Indian facials, and natural peels and herbal-microdermabrasion techniques leave faces smooth and glowing. To combat stress, the crew massages muscles with an ancient herbal-wheat-dough method that turns muscles into soft, buttery loaves of relaxation.
Owner and experienced massage therapist Michael Church organizes his business around the belief that the difference between giving a good massage and a great massage is “asking the right questions and customizing [the massage] to the customer’s needs.” His therapists begin each new-client relationship with a review of the client’s grievances, lifestyle habits, and professional wrestling history, and then they check in with their patients throughout each treatment to better understand where to focus pressure.
Each massage style is priced the same, freeing people to mix and match modalities such as deep tissue, Swedish, and trigger point within single sessions. The therapists also add hot stones to massages, and the team plans to grow its repertoire of treatments that utilize healing laser and light therapies.
Upon arrival at the cozy studio, which resembles a living room with antique furniture and a painting that represents the four elements, patrons can snack on a complimentary chocolate or mints from the front desk. Soothing instrumental music is piped throughout the space, although patrons can control the volume from their individual rooms.
Linda Alfieri has been working in the hair-replacement industry for more than 30 years, but her destiny in the field was first forged even earlier. Her father, Charles Alfieri, was a renowned industry expert who developed a signature lace-front hairpiece. Now an expert in her own right, Linda has appeared on NBC 6 Miami and CBS 12 News to discuss her life-changing hair-replacement services and has worked with plastic surgeons, oncologists, and patients with alopecia and lupus.
Inside her salon, Linda and her team can custom design a kosher custom human-hair wig or recommend an appropriate salon treatment for thinning tresses. Alfieri has also created her own line of haircare products, including a silk-protein shampoo that helps rebalance the hair’s pH level and a holding spray that can help hair resist humidity and hold its favorite yoga pose for hours.
The services at Boca Med Spa were selected not just to relax the body, but to get to the root of aging and other aesthetic issues with results-oriented corrective skin care and body treatments. At the med spa, certified and licensed staff focuses customer service and on custom treatments using medical-grade products, performing services that include body treatments, slim detox therapy, and lymphatic drainage to medical micro needling, a new technique for stimulating collagen in the face. For exfoliation, the aesthetician resurfaces the skin with diamond-tip microdermabrasions, facial peels, or dermaplaning, which softens fine lines by removing the top layer of skin and fine hair. They also work with el?s technology, which blends gentle radio frequencies with lasers to rejuvenate and tighten skin, remove body hair and spider veins, and cure hiccups.
London, Paris, and New York. These are just some of the global beauty capitals where Salon Sima's hairstylists have trained––including owner and master colorist Sima Sara. To organize the breadth of talent on display at the salon, its hairstylists have been divvied into two categories: Platform 1 and Platform 2. Collectively, the team can perform nearly any hair miracle its clients can come up with, from hand painting sultry balayage highlights to smoothing strands with a nourishing Kérastase treatment.
Off the salon floor, nail technicians are also hard at work polishing clients’ looks and fingertips with CND Shellac, OPI, or Essie polishes. Regardless of what service brings clients to the salon, before they leave they can peruse the lobby’s black shelves, which hold bottles of beauty products from Pureology, Redken, and Kérastase.
At Giggles Kids Salon, pint-sized clients ease into barber's chairs shaped like airplanes, trains, and cars. Nearby, other kids sit on bright orange couches and footstools that resemble building blocks, waiting to be summoned by their stylists. The kindergarten-like milieu was designed by owners John Tsapakas, a roofer, and his wife, Stefanie, a teacher, to be a welcoming, stress-free setting for both boys and girls.
Walk-in customers select from a menu of services as comprehensive as an adult spa salon’s. The kindly stylists can perform daring feats of hairstyling (often it's a first haircut), spangle appendages with mani-pedis, or pierce ears before distributing candy, stickers, and balloons. Also like adult spas, Giggles also offers themed-party packages that pair celebration with beauty pampering.