Nestled in Wynwood’s art district, the talented barbers and stylists of LaNu’s Barbershop create eye-catching hair designs. Within the shop’s chic, art-filled space, stylists trim overgrown heads or shave well-defined shapes into heads, making sure customers leave looking as dapper as a knight riding on a horse that's wearing a horse-tuxedo.
At Midtown Beauty Bar, experienced stylists and aestheticians cut, color, or wax off hair, and nail technicians decorate nails with regular or gel polishes. Then there are the makeup artists, whose airbrush system effortlessly dispatches a fine mist of pigment, unlike a hose filled with foundation. The result is a naturally glowing complexion and more even skin tone.
Josue Romero first whipped out a pair of shears in his backyard at the age of 13. He wasn't performing typical backyard landscaping, though; instead, he was using scissors to clip and trim hair. His work has paid off, as he's moved from backyard barber to owner of Clippers, Trimmers, and Shears. With the help of his staff—who he personally trained—Josue provides haircuts, hot towel shaves, and custom designs to regular customers, as well as to more high-profile clientele including local radio hosts and DJs and even Pit Bull.
Evanesce Spa offers visitors a welcoming escape from the world via beautifying treatments meant to revive both body and spirit. Both take turns basking in attention during the signature Evanesce mani-pedi: nails look clean and chic after technicians groom and polish them, and the mind surrenders stress to a soothing sea-salt mud mask and sugar-green-tea-scrub foot massage. The staff at this welcoming oasis seems to strike a similar balance in all their treatments, whether they’re doling out a revitalizing facial, restorative body treatment, or a full-body massage that relaxes the muscles before they become too tight to flex for surveillance cameras.
Situated amongst the Design District’s hip shops, boutiques and cafés is Hairdragon Salon. Opened in 2006, owner Drako Romaniuk strives to set a new standard for individual style, with innovative beauty techniques found at his lush boutique inside of the Atlas Plaza. With a loyal following, Romaniuk and his team specialize in precision and textured haircuts, thermal straightening, keratin treatments, healthy hair care and corrective color techniques, with state-of-the-art equipment canvassing the Asian-accented shop. The salon also offers hair extensions, bridal hair up-do’s, and makeup application, which makes Hairdragon a one-stop shop for any woman’s big day preparations. It is no surprise that Romaniuk, whose A-list clients include Eva Longoria and supermodel Veronica Webb, has been recognized as one of the best hair stylists in South Florida.
When people talk about huge transformations, a butterfly or a fairy-tale frog may come to mind. At Radiance Beauty Lounge, significant transformations are not limited to idle observation or fantasy—they really happen. Owner Yesenia Payano witnesses this frequently, and it’s what keeps her excited about running the Radiance Beauty Lounge. Her handpicked stylists and colorists, who attend ongoing education to stay savvy with trends, “can change somebody’s life,” she says. She recently watched a client’s “incredible” metamorphosis, after which the client "hugged the stylist—three times.”
It’s not surprising that the client felt so comfortable and overjoyed, because Radiance Beauty Lounge goes out of its way to make clients feel welcome. Happy hours—from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays—outfit clients with a complimentary mimosa, cocktail, or personal cheer squad as they receive keratin treatments or spa services such as facials and massages. Radiance Beauty Lounge is open until 7 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays for post-work or pre-party styles.