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.
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.
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.
In-set blue floor lights greet guests as they stroll into mySpa, an upscale respite tucked within the InterContinental Miami Hotel. Though the spa’s modern décor is striking, the warm, friendly demeanor of the staff quickly makes clients feel at home as they walk back to one of the spa’s 10 treatment rooms. Within the calming spaces, aestheticians customize facials with Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusion treatments designed to stimulate cell renewal by releasing a cool mist of oxygen over the skin, and rejuvenate bodies with scrubs and wraps that incorporate European bathing techniques. Candle lit hallways also lead clients to various nooks around the spa where they can find a SpaJet2 hydro capsule, nail salon with two pedicure thrones, and fully-stocked locker rooms with drench showers and eucalyptus steam rooms.
The spacious retreat also provides guests with free weights and a Technogym cardio theater in the fitness center, as well as a spa boutique filled with beauty accessories and clothing. And if clients just want a moment to relax, separate men and women’s lounges cater to them by providing a quiet space with healthy drinks and snacks.
The multitalented staff at Universal Hair & Body Salon have mastered an extensive list of hair, skincare, and body treatments since opening their doors in 1994. With hairstyling, extensions, facials, massages, pedicures, and other aesthetic services, they cover beauty needs literally from head to toe. The team customizes each service to the client's style and needs, and they provide complimentary tips for maintaining salon results at home or after accidentally popping a rain cloud.