Upon entering Robar Beauty Salon & Spa, a visitor might first notice the recently remodeled interior, splashes of canary yellow or vibrant fuchsia, or the smell of organic hair products wafting through the air. But owner William Robar—an industry veteran of almost 40 years—remembers his salad days in less prosperous locations. His first salon "was so busy I didn't know where to put the people!" he laughs, recalling its cramped layout. His clientele ranged from street criminals to drug dealers. "In those days it was wild. Every walk of life came into my salon."
Now a sought-after celebrity stylist, William has clipped and styled famous hair for Frank Sinatra, Barbara Walters, and President Bill Clinton, who needed a trim before delivering a presidential speech. Inside his upscale salon, William and his team of certified stylists use their fashion instincts and mastery of the sibilant scissor language to team up with shears and craft elegant coifs for men, women, and children.
Bellezza Beauty Bar can't be contained—the beauty center pampers clients not only in its studio, but also at fashion shows, parties, and other private events. Regardless of where the services take place, clients receive the Hollywood treatment: anti-aging facials, NovaLash eyelash extensions, and Brazil Bronze luxury spray tans that add definition as well as color. In the studio, the center of attention is the well-stocked beauty bar, which is outfitted with lotions, makeup, and special soaps that smell like loyalty. Before their services, clients rest on plush couches and sip cucumber water or Cuban coffee.
Inside the terra-cotta-tiled entrance to Glamour Center, stylists cut and color men's and women's hair with carefully selected European products. Skilled in color, color correction, highlights, and lowlights, the staff can tint all hair types—long, short, curly, or stolen off a mannequin. Nail services pamper hands and feet, and facial waxes outfit customers with perfectly arched brows and smooth skin.
Nails on one side, hair on the other. So it goes at 770 Salon Miami, where the full-service salon's dual storefront allows the hushed quietude of mani-pedi services to coexist with the jubilant salon soundtrack of blow-dryers and conversation. Cushy red couches give way to polished hardwood floors in the salon area, in which owner Gayle Nelson—a veteran in the hair industry—oversees her staff of stylists. Their adept hands clip, trim, and shape hairdos before enhancing them with colors or keratin smoothing treatments.
In the tranquil nail salon, patrons sink into reclining pedicure chairs, dipping their feet into sparkling foot baths to smooth calluses and soothe nagging hop-scotch injuries. Here, away from the snipping of scissors and buzz of clippers, nail technicians scrub sore feet, massage hands, and buff and file nails before dressing them in polish from OPI, CND, and Essie.
Step into the luxurious lion's den of a man cave, where leather-filled lounges and private rooms create a town-square atmosphere fit for a gentlemanly gathering. The aptly named Royal Haircut starts with a complimentary consultation. After you and your barber decide on the best 'do for you, the trimming begins. Artful snips will magically transform mangy mops to crisp cuts. You can even request a sprucing up of your nose and ears, which may become jealous and want mini hairdos of their own. The subsequent shampoo and conditioning treatment removes any stray snipped renegades hiding amid your reformed head of hair. A relaxing scalp massage is followed by a rinse, style, and splash of cologne, bringing the procedure to a wistful yet inevitable end. Once you've had your manly tresses thoroughly shaped and sculpted by a hair artiste, you'll understand the value of a good haircut and will be able to prove Goldbach's Conjecture.
A graduate of the Aveda Institute, Jessica Bruno opened FeNom Salon and covered its indigo walls with products by Redken, Pureology, and MoroccanOil. Her educated stylists craft new 'dos with services such as ombre and balayage coloring techniques and Keratin Complex smoothing treatments. When Jessica isn't working on her home turf, she hits the road for weddings, fashion shows, and photo shoots. She also spends her off-hours honing her makeup skills and soaking up as much knowledge as she can about the beauty industry, like a sea sponge in cosmetic school.