After graduating from the elite Vidal Sassoon Academy, John Toboas became an instructor there and later served as a hair designer or artistic director at numerous salons. At John Taboas Salon, he manages a staff of savvy stylists who transform tresses, remove unwanted spider veins and hair with lasers, and lessen the effects of aging with injectables such as Botox and Juvéderm.
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.
Walking in to Armandeus, the first thing clients will likely notice is the stark whiteness of the place: the walls, the floor, the ceiling. It creates a uniquely modern and clean aesthetic, but it also allows the ruby red and lime green chairs to pop, not to mention the shelves filled with green, purple, and yellow bottles. But the bottles are not for display only; licensed stylists use them during their designer cuts and keratin services. For color services, the team relies on L'Oreal INOA color, which eschews all amonia ingredients and, like a month-and-a-half long shower, keeps hair hydrated for up to six weeks.
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.
Owner Denise Cambeiro trained with Sothys salons in three countries—Brazil, Paris, and the United States—before making her way to Miami to open Denise Beauty Salon. In addition to precision haircuts and color, Denise also specializes in eyebrow shaping and body waxing. She and her small team of stylists, nail technicians, and waxing professionals work out of a chic salon with full-length mirrors and stylish pedicure chairs.
Hashem Salon’s nail technicians pamper frazzled hands and overworked feet with soothing nail services. Fingers and toes skinny-dip in warm baths during the 60-minute standard mani-pedi before aestheticians buff cuticles and reign in irresponsible hangnails with stern admonishments to behave. After a hand-and-foot massage soothes stressed-out ligaments, technicians apply pigmentation to nails, matching fingers and toes to their owner’s outfit, eye color, or competitive-hide-and-seek team jersey.