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.
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.
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.
Founded by the owners of Bikram Yoga Fort Lauderdale, Prana Massage and Beauty flung open its doors in October 2012. Nestled inside the Progresso Plaza building, the handsome studio overlooks a courtyard that emanates a peaceful feeling and mirrors the sense of tranquility the staff imparts to each of their guests. Their eclectic selection of massages includes both therapeutic and relaxation-focused treatments. Hot-stone massages incorporate flat stones that are warmed to nearly 140 degrees—the temperature of a planet humans could theoretically colonize, but only if allowed to gripe about the heat. Swedish massage, alternatively, uses a rhythmic combination of long, sliding, and gliding strokes to relieve tension. The staff also peels away hair on both men and women with full-body waxing and offers threading as an alternative for those with sensitive skin.
Those looking for Las Olas Barbershop need only look for the striped Padair barber pole, which has been spinning out front for generations. Made in the year 1948, it’s emblematic of the longevity of the shop, which first opened on Las Olas Boulevard in 1951 and was helmed by the same man—Ben "The Barber" Adamo—for more than 46 years. Though Ben has since passed, the traditions set down by the old-school barber are continued by current owner David Quinn, who takes care to ensure his third-generation customers receive the same quality service as their fathers and grandfathers before them. He's also taken great pains to revamp the aging hub—which he described as "a piece of history on the boulevard," to Go Riverwalk writer Kevin Lane—while respecting its legacy and character.
Today, though the wood floors and paint colors have been updated, guests can still see Ben's familiar photo and prized golf club hanging around. Upgrades have included barber cabinets and chrome-and-porcelain Paidar barber chairs dating back to the 1930s, which add authenticity to the shop's vintage aesthetic and nightly jitterbug marathons. And while the new generation of barbers continues to dole out the shop's signature shave-and-a-haircut service, they now also cater to women and kids and have even added manicures to the menu.
Tropicalaser’s medically supervised staff is armed with best-in-class skin-smoothing technology, including Alexandrite, Gyag, and Diode lasers from renowned companies such as Candela and Lumenis. The top-notch tools facilitate follicle zappage from nearly any strand-stuffed space, and the gentle beam blasts are effective for all skin tones and hair hues.
The hair artistry emerging from the cool, modernistic walls of Salon Bongini looks like it belongs in a picture. That's because seasoned salon owner and expert stylist Joel Bongini's work has appeared in top fashion magazines and on international runways. Bongini honed his skills at prestigious salons in New York and Los Angeles, and after a career in film and television, he decided to make the Sunshine State his home.
Bongini has assembled a talented team of stylists who can transform looks with razor cuts, highlights, blowouts, or hair extensions. The crew vivifies hues and softens strands with products such as Goldwell color and Moroccanoil, and also offers mani-pedis, waxing services, and poolside massages for stressed-out mermaids. The sleek white and silver salon cultivates an upscale vibe with hints of color from red and yellow paintings and orange chairs.