The team at Nails 111 believes in "good, clean fun," combining a health-conscious philosophy with a charming, shabby-chic ambiance. Antique-style tables and chairs, chandeliers, and lilac walls create an 18th-century-parlor vibe as nail techs wash and sanitize hands and set aside an individual spa kit for each guest. They wear latex gloves upon request and eschew spa chairs and whirlpool-type footbaths in favor of disposable pedicure tub liners. The crew decorates nails with Essie, OPI, or Shellac polish and also performs sleek blowouts and straightening treatments at the Blow and Go hair bar.
The salon was created by internationally trained beauty expert and Lima, Peru, native Marizza Contreras and Miami native Jonathan Nussbaum, who was inspired by a girlfriend's frustration the lack of nail salons open after 7 p.m. Nails 111 staffers refine digits until 9 p.m. Monday–Saturday, making late-night manicures possible for owls wishing to impress their prey.
Owner Gaston Safar opened his first Safar salon in Boston in his early 20s to showcase his gift for styling hair, which he honed at a young age in his parents’ salon in France. In 1998, he created a sister salon, Acote Salon, and today, the Safar family has extended their salon empire with the newest addition in Miami Beach, a second Safar. Safar shares his European style with an experienced team of international professionals who have trained with such companies as L'Oréal Paris, Aveda, and Vidal Sassoon and showcased their work in fashion shows and magazines. Italian marble flanks walnut-wood accents and floor-to-ceiling mirrors inside the elegant beauty salon. Inside, nail services spruce up fingers and toes and waxing treatments remove unwanted body hair. An outdoor rooftop terrace hosts yoga classes and provides the proper space to dramatically show off new hairstyles in the wind.
A row of plush white leather seats stands out amid a sea of pink in Lace Nail Lab's main studio. The studio is furnished with seats that have soft red pillows, where the ministrations of dedicated nail technicians tend to feet and hands, maybe those of a client, maybe those of a clock that fell off the wall. Sparkling pink walls and Asian-inspired lamps add to the atmosphere of color-coded luxury. Facials, waxing, and massages round out the menu of beautifying services.
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Expert stylist at 7 Salon, Christina Gonzalez, harnesses the nourishing might of Rahua's Omega-9-infused deep-conditioning treatments to enrich and hydrate hungry tresses. During each revivifying treatment, Gonzalez infuses hair with the natural nutrients of the vegan conditioner, leaving 'dos softer and more manageable while spurning the advances of chemical additives, environmental toxins, or turtledoves looking to sublet a summer nest. After conditioner penetrates deep into the hair, strengthening and permeating it with luxurious shine, Gonzalez completes the event with a thorough blow-drying. Treatments run between 60 and 90 minutes as patrons quell follicular uprisings while recharging amid the angular furnishings and subdued hues of 7 Salon’s restive environs.