For aesthetician Vicki, clear skin isn't just about outer beauty—it's also about inner confidence. At Skin by Vicki, her goal is to help clients determine what they want for their skin, at which point she can help them overcome acne, signs of age, or other issues with custom skincare regimens. She uses products derived from fruits and plants in all of her treatments, which range from deluxe facials with chemical peels to mini facials designed to maintain skin from week to week.
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.
Michelle Ann's athletic background helped her appreciate the physical challenge of yoga when she first discovered it. After training with Shri Yogi Hari at the Sampoorna Yoga Ashram, she went on to teach classes at parks, beaches, and inside the studio. In addition to creative vinyasa flow sequences, Michelle teaches hatha yoga. A portmanteau that combines the Hindi words for sun and moon, hatha aims to balance contrasting concepts such as "effort" and "surrender," or "healthy" and "tastes good." Michelle also blends vinyasa yoga and Pilates techniques to tone muscles and increase flexibility.
The licensed massage and cranial-sacral therapists of Healing Hands Medical Massage administer specialized manual therapies in order to ease physical pain and promote healthy minds. Through gentle manipulations of the neck and skull, the therapists correct restrictions and imbalances in the cranial-sacral system, striving to relieve chronic aches—such as those associated with migraines or fibromyalgia—and emotional stress. During reflexology treatments, they stimulate specific pressure points located on the feet, each area tied to a larger bodily system. The sessions promote increased relaxation and are ideal for clients who never want to take off their Hulk costumes. Those willing to expose their real back muscles can enjoy Swedish, deep-tissue, prenatal, or hot-stone massages. Healing Hands Medical Massage also provides corporate services such as onsite chair massages and acupuncture.
Echo Salon's skilled stylists and skincare specialists employ high-quality products, but their experience is the most valuable tool in their kits. Each staffer has worked in the industry for at least a decade, and draws upon that knowledge to pamper clients from head to toe. The salon menu goes beyond cuts and styles with treatments such as Great Lengths extensions, keratin treatments, permanent weaves, and relaxers.
DermatoneMiami's licensed technicians and nurses wield FDA-certified radio-frequency generators for skin-tightening treatments that seek to mitigate stretch marks and cellulite. The therapeutic, deep-seeking heat massages existing collagen and promotes the production of new collagen in hopes of firmer skin surfaces. The clinic and its technicians, however, don't only offer this treatment—they also present a slate of facials designed with essential oils, clay masks, and vitamin C. Additionally, they offer weight-loss services via vitamin injections, recipe books, and freezing one's snacks in a block of ice.