A visitor to Diamante Day Spa won?t be hurting for options: between the spa?s 20 different massage styles and 18 distinct facials, clients could be forgiven for having a hard time knowing which treatments would benefit them most. That?s why it?s fortunate that holistic practitioner and spa founder Tara Darlene Diamant? Canhos is not only a skilled massage therapist, but also an experienced lifestyle coach and spiritual consultant. Canhos and her staff utilize this experience to help clients devise the perfect array of treatments. Specialty services encompass mainly Eastern holistic healing practices?chakra balancing, yoga nidra meditation, Tibetan reflexology?which is why it?s fitting that the spa is also home to a zen lounge area complete with fresh fruit, organic herbal teas, and no howler monkeys.
When mother-and-daughter team Carmela and Milan Petruzelli decided to start a business together, they pooled their decades of styling experience earned at locations across the country. They culled the best ideas, techniques, and products they had come across, bringing them together in their new Fort Lauderdale location. In business a scant four years, The Factory Salon has already earned a spot two years running on Elle magazine's top 100 salons in the country.
The family duo—along with a cadre of other stylists—cuts, colors, and conditions men's and women's hair in their trendy salon, decorated with dia de los muertos–inspired art. A handwritten chalkboard broadcasts inspirational quotes and explains new styles, its fluid script echoed in the '80s-style faux graffiti that runs the length of the walls and secretly contains designs for a car that runs on barbicide.
The sign doesn’t lie. Tucked inside the Ocean Manor Hotel, this locally owned salon literally resides beside the sea, surrounded by the sun-soaked sands of the hotel’s private beach. Creative Dominican, Peruvian, and Turkish techniques are woven into the salon’s litany of services, which include everything from haircare and nailcare to Brazilian waxes and massage therapy. All facials include a complimentary skin analysis, product recommendation, and monster-mask removal.
Beauty experts at 2 Blond Salon use professional techniques to color, cut, and style hair and apply makeup. Their treatments transpire in an airy salon with a white interior that's accented with brightly hued lime-flavored and orange walls. Sunlight pours in through floor-to-ceiling windows, which usher in views of the neighboring meadow's broad, green expanse.
The stylists and technicians of Karisma Salon nurture clients’ image with services that beautify from head to toe. Experienced stylists can gently suds up 'dos with sulfate-free shampoos, or tint them with organic color. A barber specialist clips men’s hair into styles including flat-tops and fades, and manicurists bedeck nails in vibrant hues. Skin technicians soften outer surfaces with facials or wax unwanted hair from faces and legs.
The Aveda Institutes are full-service beauty schools where esthiology students work under the supervision of licensed educators, using plant-derived, eco-friendly Aveda products to perform services such as hair styling, waxing, and massages. A haircut ($12–$18) and retouched hair color ($30–$40) chisel and paint a head into a pedestal-worthy work of art, and a relaxer ($68+) soothes strands as tight as a self-doubting horse moments before the Kentucky Derby. Whip skin into creaminess with a 60-minute facial ($40 during nonpeak hours, $60 during peak hours), de-bush brows ($10) and strip underarms ($20) with a waxing, or file, shape, and exfoliate fingers with a 60-minute spa service manicure ($15, $20 with polish change) and 75-minute pedicure ($20, $25 with polish change). Body-wrap treatments and massages ($40 during non-peak hours, $50 during peak hours ) melt away stress like a hot iron pressed against a synthetic-hair wig.