Waxing seems like a simple beauty treatment?but at Wax Spa, there's more to it than meets the eye. First off, aestheticians must be licensed to ensure safe, effective treatments, and the wax is imported from Europe. Then, there's the strict policy against recycling wax and spatulas, which ensures a germ-free salon.
The team complements their waxes with an array of body contouring treatments, which rely on technology ranging from ultrasound waves to radio frequencies, which is a cosmetic treatment designed to tighten skin without the need for an incision or recovery time. The treatment uses radio frequencies to uniformly heat the dermis, or inner layer of skin, to tighten and help initiate the production of new collagen. Depending on the size of the treatment area, the procedure may take anywhere from 15 minutes for a facial to upwards of an hour for a full body treatment. The salon also brightens complexions with diamond microdermabrasion, which sloughs away dead surface skin to reveal the bright, youthful-looking skin beneath it. And no matter the treatment, each team member takes a customer-centered approach to their services, and helps to cultivate a warm atmosphere that puts clients at ease.
Even as a child, Gustavo Briand's fascination with hairstyling was so strong, he was willing to get into trouble for it. In the years since he lopped off the locks of his sister and all of her dolls, he's gained enough fans to outweigh any early disapproval his passion encountered. Those fans tend to be highly visible: a lifelong lover of the arts, he's styled a long list of opera stars, prepped heads for the red carpet at London Fashion Week, and performed pro-bono work for the Florida Grand Opera, the Miami City Ballet, and the Miami Symphony Orchestra.
In his home studio, Briand and his team draw from a service menu spiked with innovative techniques. Ionic infrared technology leaves blowouts smooth but not overly dry, Davines and Sojourn shampoos and conditioners are specially formulated to restore dehydrated hair, and hair extensions are applied with a minute "lock-and-key" system that requires no adhesives, duct tape, or other potentially damaging techniques.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Nestled inside the five-star Hilton Bentley Miami hotel, Ocean Drive Spa tends to aesthetic and stress-relief needs with authentic ayurvedic services lead by ayurvedic doctor Vishwanath Guddadar. A practice of medicine that developed in India more than 5,000 years ago, ayurveda balances and strengthens the body and mind through a combination of herbal medicines, detoxification, massage, exercise, and incorporeal duels.
Ocean Drive’s providers, all trained in India, work to heal problems including fatigue, joint pain, headaches, and insomnia. Dr. Ivan Rusilko helms the weight-loss and anti-aging programs, which detoxify physical forms with herbs and lymphatic massage or relaxation and meditation. Ornate fabrics drape over plush treatment beds inside private rooms decorated in rich woods, cascading curtains, and polished metal antiques for heating aromatic oils or completing Victorian chemistry sets.
At Tribeca Medaesthetics, Dr. Jason A. Shapiro beautifies façades in a state-of-the-art cosmetic surgical center decked out with colorful artwork and cozy seating with relaxing lounge music. Cosmetic surgeries, such as face-lifts, breast augmentation and reduction, and liposuction—as well as Botox, Juvederm, and other injectables—help Dr. Shapiro contour patients’ curves and overall appearance to desired specifications. The board certified plastic surgeons also aim luminescent beams from a trio of cosmetic lasers to help resurface skin, burn fat, and break down any unwanted tattoos or long-division problem. Tribeca Medaesthetics also supervises weight-loss programs and nonsurgical aesthetic services such as facials, chemical peels, and microdermabrasions.
Dr. Lior Elkayam M.D. helms Medical Beauty's dedicated crew as they push clients over their beauty-goal finish lines with the help of custom beauty-treatment plans focused on non-invasive, technologically enhanced facial treatments. Whether their clients' goals include erasing sunspots with an IPL photofacial or evicting unwanted strands with laser hair removal, the staff of Medical Beauty ensures each procedure forgoes the use of needles, surgery, or nosy aliens in need of a subject to probe. While the center's treatments may not be invasive, they are certainly potent, some of the more advanced therapies including the Venus Concept (MP)² system, which harnesses the power of radio-frequency waves to help reduce cellulite and sagging skin, and the acne-fighting powers of the Isolaz laser.