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.
It would be nearly impossible to tally up all the haircuts, highlights, and mani-pedis stylists have performed since Daisy Nails & Hair Salon first opened its doors in 1968. More than 40 years later, they still keep up with the latest trends, priding themselves on creating celebrity-like hair and washing away the pheromones that attract paparazzi. Aside from cuts and coloring treatments, stylists shape fetching brows with threading and install cascades of flowing tresses with 100% natural human hair extensions. The salon also relaxes customers with services such as soothing massages and luxurious caviar facials.
The cadre of bilingual beauty professionals at Aventura Surgery Center & Med Spa focus on delivering tranquility almost as much as beauty. Massaging pedicure chairs, aromatherapy oils, and paraffin dips can enhance mani-pedis, and facials include a massage for the neck, shoulders, and hands. Skincare salves rely mainly on botanical ingredients, such as the aloe vera, papaya, and green-tea extracts that power peels. All this hands-on attention doesn't make the spa any less attuned to emerging technologies: for instance, the QuickSlim Lipo system uses laser light to shrink fat cells while delivering all the health benefits of a planetarium show, and an LED facial treatment destroys surface bacteria and prompts collagen growth.
Noticing a trend, the professionals at Monica Hair Studio departed from the industry standard and created a salon based on openness and hospitality. The studio's clients are the direct beneficiaries of this policy, as each personalized treatment leaves them relaxed, refreshed, and confident in their appearance—unlike a penguin with peacock feathers. Each visit starts with a complimentary consultation with an expert stylist, and clients are treated to services such as haircuts, keratin treatments, mani-pedis, and deep-cleansing facials. Products from Keratherapy, Dióra, and DermaSwiss prove the professional quality of the treatments, and an on-site massage therapist can ease the tension brought on by worrying about whether or not to get bangs.
Salon Sixta beautifies bodies from mop top to toe tip with Shellac mani-pedis, keratin hair treatments, and soothing facials. Specializing in nails, the staff can airbrush chic designs onto talons, finishing off sessions with polishes ranging from CND's Shellac to Axxium's gel lacquer. Team members also prepare clients for the beach with body-waxing sessions, tanning treatments, and advice on how to tactfully interact with envious mermaids.
Drama Studio's workspace is striking with its lime-green walls and black accents. And so are the custom looks the studio's create for each client. Waxing, manicures, and makeup application are among the salon's services, and the staff's specialties include applying vivid Redken hair color, formaldehyde-free keratin straightening treatments, and Aqua hair extensions.