"A one stop beauty shop" is how the owners of Health and Beauty of South Florida describe their business, and they have the wealth of services to prove it. Licensed aestheticians perform facials that hydrate and rejuvenate skin, and their body wraps zap inches from waistlines and help their clients detoxify. The center's massage therapists get to working on muscle aches and tension, which melt away thanks to applied pressure and gentle kneading. But pure beauty treatments aren't left out, either: mani-pedis add shine to fingers and toes, and updos give clients a new look for a night out on the town or a convenient place to store a pen.
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Lauded in New York magazine for its quick service and impeccably honest staff, Personal Touch spiffs sullied wardrobes with its professional dry cleaning services. Prepare winter wear for seasonal retirement by letting the experts cleanse sweaters ($6), vests ($5.50), outer jackets ($12), and full coats ($18). Fine fabric-ed everyday wear including shirts ($6), pants ($6), skirts ($6), and ties ($5) also earns cleaning candidacy, and raincoats ($18) can lose all evidence of April’s rainstorms and May’s Gallagher shows. Personal Touch Cleaners is even well primed to spruce up precious garments, such as three-piece suits ($17), gowns ($14+), and baby's first prom-dress.
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.
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.
As one would expect of a place named one of the best hair salons in the country by Elle, Roberto Giordano's eponymous salon and spa is the product of decades of hard work. Roberto himself divides his time between the styling station and the runway, where he organizes fashion shows.
Bumble and bumble, Kérastase, and Goldwell products beautify locks in the open-design salon, where mirrors float above tawny stylists' tables between sprays of purple orchids. Aestheticians rule over a separate spa suite to deliver facials, massages, and waxing with yonka products.
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.