Body Minute's focus on catering to women with busy lifestyles propelled its skin-care methods into more than 350 beauty centers across Europe—and then, across the pond. Whether requesting individual services or a monthly subscription, each of Body Minute's clients receives the convenience of quick treatments without the need for an appointment.
Basic facials with steam and extractions cleanse specific skin types, while facial patches reinvigorate the skin with algae or olive-tree extracts. Alternatively, aestheticians pamper the whole body with services such as a relaxing Japanese massage and a Hormeta scrub exfoliation, which lets clients feel the smoothing effects of volcanic rock without having to roll down the slope of Krakatoa. To help clients achieve the results of their treatments at home, Body Minute carries its own line of paraben-free, Swiss-made beauty products.
Spa owner and director Silva Haroutunian is all about skincare. Her establishment Silvianas Salon & Spa is known for its facials – all of which are done by Silva herself. She is meticulous about her technique and the customer experience she offers, and her facials, peels, collagen treatments and microdermabrasion services have been cited as some of Miami’s best spa services for years. The spa has two small, all-white, contemporary service rooms, making for very intimate surroundings. In addition to face treatments, Silviana’s offers waxing, massage therapy, hand and foot treatments and manicures and pedicures, while providing a line of at-home products that have been thoroughly tested and recommended by – who else – Silva Haroutunian herself.
Ugo Di Roma has been the go-to-guy for hair in South Florida for over 25 years. He has worked on the crowns of such celebs as Katie Couric, Elizabeth Taylor and Bianca Jagger, and he and his staff are consistently considered to be the ones to turn to when a haircut or color treatment has gone bad. His sunny white minimalist salon also works with difficult cases including damaged hair or split ends, which may require special attention. The two-story contemporary space is situated in the heart of Coconut Grove, and features several open work stations utilizing the latest in hair care products, many of which are on sale behind the front counter. In addition to the standard cut, color and blow options, the salon also offers special hair treatments including hydration for dry hair and intense reconstruction for damaged or weak tresses.
The full-service Avant-Garde Salon and Spa located on Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile offers hairstyling, body care, facials and skincare. Owners Christine and Thierry Painparay are known for their hair conditioning treatments that provide a cocktail of emollient and anti-oxidants to give hair its ultimate shine and cellular renewal. In addition, the salon offers permanent makeup services for lip color, eyebrows and eyeliner, while providing eyelash enhancement options, from the application of flash eyelashes that last for weeks to semi-permanent extensions, which tend to be longer and thicker. The salon also offers bridal party makeup and hairdo services. The tall, long and inviting space is pulled back to the rafters, revealing old wood and lots of industrial accents.
The waiting room at BOD Cosmetic Surgery conveys both sides of the med-spa equation at a glance: utterly pristine, nurse's-cap-white furniture, paired with a luxurious chandelier and a few touches of hot pink. It makes sense that this is a place people go when they want to get sleek, whether through cosmetic surgery, waxing, or noninvasive BOD Lipolaser slimming treatments, which help patients lose inches without having to give up whipped cream on their salads. Three plastic surgeons oversee the center.
For nearly three decades, the stylists at Beauty Strategy have outsmarted wind, humidity, and other harbingers of bad-hair days by combining their international styling educations with handpicked salon products. They work with all hair types—frizzy curls included—and begin each of their cuts with a free consultation. This crucial aspect of the appointment gives them a better sense of their clients’ style and aesthetic vision. The salon’s staff doesn’t limit its scope to the scalp; manicures and pedicures keep nails groomed, and 11 types of facials work to erase acne, redness, and bite marks from untrained houndstooth scarves.