Carla Cardoso had one question in mind when she opened Massage Rio Spa: “what can I do to help people?” A massage therapist, aesthetician, and practical nurse by trade, Carla realized that she had many ways to help others relax and feel beautiful.
She draws on her diverse skill set at Massage Rio Spa, alleviating stress with barefoot shiatsu massages in the morning and soothing skin with deep-cleansing facials by the afternoon. Carla is joined by a team of similarly skilled technicians who specialize in massages, facials, waxing, and airbrush tanning. Clients can even get an application of permanent makeup, which saves the hassle of getting ready in your neighbor's bathroom every morning.
Lyn Anthony Salon and Spa’s professional team gussies up clients with a range of services that include Skincare treatments performed with Dermalogica products, waxing procedures, and hair styling sessions employing Moroccan Oil and Osis brand coloring agents. Nail techs bedeck manicured digits with OPI polish as massage therapists banish tension using kneads, strokes, and percussive taps that spell out strongly worded threats in Morse code. Cool and organic tones, along with glossy tiled murals, sweep across the walls to create a tranquil spa setting.
At Beauty by Reyna, formaldehyde-free Coppola keratin treatments render styling simple by smoothing wild tresses into radiant, well-behaved coifs. Stylists comb the keratin gel through damp strands and let it settle in for 20 minutes while it imbues locks with frizz-reducing proteins. A soothing blow-dry then leaves 'dos brilliant enough to ace a calculus exam. The total duration of each procedure varies by hair length and texture, but with minimal upkeep the resultant shine and obedience can last four–six months. Hair whisperers finish each procedure with a mélange of name-brand products from Paul Mitchell and Biolage, as well as styling flair inspired by Dominican roots and a passion for topiary.
All salon service providers are not created equal. That's why Drew James Aveda Lifestyle Salon Spas enlists only Aveda Institute graduates, putting them through an advanced training program before making them work their way up a three-tier ranking system. This emphasis on high-quality staff—coupled with an exclusive selection of plant-based Aveda products—lures clients in for services ranging from basic haircuts to thermal straightening to rosemary-mint body wraps. The salon and spa also adds special touches to many of its treatments, including a complimentary stress-relieving scalp treatment and makeup touchup with each hair service. Both locations feature a wall of mirrors and trendy styling chairs, as well as Aveda tea for clients to sip on while thumbing through style portfolios or folding magazines into swans somehow.
Since 1974, Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers' dedicated instructors have edified spa and salon hopefuls in the tricks of the beauty-boosting trade. Under the watchful eye of a seasoned professional, each soon-to-be beautician performs a variety of services on visitors to earn the certification of a license massage therapist or the gilded epaulettes of an aesthetician. At both the Hollywood and Miami Beach locations, clients can help students achieve their goals by simply indulging in rejuvenating facials, stylish cuts and colors, and relaxing rubdowns.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Service: Tanning
Brands Used: Devoted Creations, Ed Hardy, ProTan, Designer Skin, and California Tan
Pro Tip: If [you're] coming in at peak times (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.), call ahead and make an appointment.