Behind Panico Spa & Salon is industry expert Jack Panico, a 45-year hair styling veteran and three-time international haircutting champion. The founders of several successful salons in New Jersey, Jack and his wife Sandra designed their spa in the Flamingo South Beach hotel with influences from Eastern healing traditions. Buddha-themed treatment rooms, Zen-inspired decor, and sustainable hair care products from Neuma bring peace of mind to clients as they enjoy fresh fruit, hot teas, and herb-infused waters. Facials derive their anti-aging powers from vitamins and antioxidant-rich ingredients, and massages can be made all the more relaxing with the addition of aromatherapy, volcanic hot stones, or a therapist that moonlights as a jazz saxophonist. Even waxing services take a cue from the salon’s soothing philosophy, thanks to a formula that hydrates as it strips hair from the face, arms, chest, and back.
It's virtually impossible to administer nail polish while swimming in the ocean, but Nyce Nails has done the next best thing by setting up shop right on Miami Beach. The sound of nails buffing harmonizes with rippling waves as techs rehab nails and decorate with basic and shellac color polish. Clients may also request nail art in intricate designs such as hearts, zebra stripes, or bows.
The team at Sanctuary Salon & Spa, which is nestled within the foliage-lined, crisply black-and-white Sanctuary South Beach boutique hotel, nurtures bodies with organic products and anti-aging facials. Skilled aestheticians pamper visages with Dead Sea minerals and organic exfoliating flaxseeds, and stylists cut and color hair in the natural light that floods through the onsite salon. Clients can elect to receive massages, including hot-bamboo and deep-tissue modalities, in pristine white spa treatment rooms or pick another location in the hotel that they would prefer. Therapists can meet guests in their room or beside the rooftop pool surrounded by white tile steps and a manicured green strewn with lawn chairs and vacationing garden gnomes.
A full-fledged day spa, Massage by Design offers much more than its name might convey. Here, massage therapists practice uncommon modalities, such as Tian Di bamboo massage, in which smooth bamboo sticks are rolled across the back help improve circulation and alleviate musculoskeletal pain. Custom signature massages blend many modalities, including Swedish and deep tissue, to treat each individual's most pressing needs. But beyond the physical manipulation, aestheticians revitalize complexions with anti-aging facials and microdermabrasions. Mani-pedis beautify nails, lash extensions create lavish looks, and waxing gets rid of unwanted hair in a safer manner than leaning over a campfire.
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.
NBA-player-size windows overlook the palm-tree-lined street at SoFi Salon and Spa, where light bounces off the equally tall mirrors and dark hardwood floors. Exposed beams, yellow accents, and wicker baskets add decorative delight to the sunny salon, as do the welcoming smiles, hugs, or kisses on the cheek from the friendly staff. The experienced stylists beautify men's and women's hair with barbershop and salon services, plus they perform facials, spray tans, and waxes. Their Brazilian body polishes exfoliate the skin and transform dark body hair into something that’s lighter and blonder, like when Burt Reynolds transformed to play a golden retriever. The team also has hair products, perfumes, and OPI and Essie nail polishes available for purchase.