Most people seldom visit a bank to forget all their troubles, but Salon 701?tucked into the lobby of the Bank of America building?changes all that. With crystal-strewn chandeliers hanging throughout, the glamourous space would feel just as at home inside a luxury hotel or one of Donald Trump's storage spaces. The stylists and aestheticians provide everything from hair styling to professional make-up application to eyelash extensions, and go out of their way to make each experience feel luxurious. They might serve a glass of champagne with a mani-pedis, for instance, or recommend an intense moisture treatment to transform damaged hair into strands that feel soft, rich, and healthy.
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.
Almost a decade ago, Barbara Ballán—an accomplished entrepreneur and recording artist—opened the first Barbra Hair Salon & Spa in the World Trade Center Mexico City. Since then, positive feedback from locals, international celebrities, and enchanted mannequins masquerading as people has inspired Ballán to open a second location at the DoubleTree Grand Hotel in Miami.
Amid contemporary and minimalist decor—including stark white tiles, chic black furnishings, and red accents—stylists cut, color, and straighten strands using Keratin Complex and Moroccanoil products. The salon also features a blow-dry bar, which is quite literally a bar where clients can sit and sip a complimentary glass of wine, coffee, or juice while stylists blow-dry and style strands. Over at the spa end, aestheticians cleanse and moisturize faces with European facials, and nail technicians decorate digits with acrylic, gel, and Shellac polishes.
At the modern and environmentally friendly Petit Spa, highly trained aestheticians and med-spa experts work to improve dry, oily, and acne-prone skin during chemical peels, microdermabrasion treatments, and specialty facials. They use the hypoallergenic Babor skincare line from Germany and the botanical-laden Aquaroma line when tending to mugs, and they use an organic spray-tan solution with green-tea extract and anti-oxidants to bronze limbs.
To further rejuvenate bodies, they rely on toxin-flushing hydrotherapy treatments and tension-melting massages in Swedish, aromatherapy, or deep-tissue modalities. They even have a localized deep-tissue massage, which concentrates exclusively on the neck, back, and shoulders, leaving clients as stress-free as Christmas shopping in April.
Epidermal specialists at Med Aesthetics Miami help customers attain internal wellness and external beauty with a variety of cosmetic procedures. The staff caters to individual whims during laser hair-removal sessions, which reveal the smooth skin hiding beneath, and facial treatments that harness a selection of products. Beneath shelves brimming with elixirs, the crew helps patrons acquire their desired looks, just in time for a fancy event such as a wedding or building demolition.
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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.