Fabian Lopez completed his salon training in Buenos Aires before carrying his expertise with him to Miami, where he launched Cabellos Salon with an international team of stylists, waxing specialists, and nail technicians, whom he believes represent the melting-pot character of the city. With an arsenal of products from MoroccanOil, Alfaparf, and Redken, the stylists cut, color, and condition locks to suit each client's lifestyle and hair type. Hair extensions add naturalistic volume and length, and Featherlocks feather extensions deliver pops of color, texture, and confidence to birds with receding hairlines. Inside the waiting area, a red leather couch situates clients beside a coffee table topped with fresh flowers and glossy magazines. Large, sparkly chandeliers add luminescence to the casual scene, and a nearby armchair printed with a portrait of Audrey Hepburn brings a subtle sense of Old Hollywood glamour.
As Miami natives, the three founders of WaxMee Spa are lifelong beach-goers who understand the importance of a smooth body. In that spirit, they offer more than 40 different face and body waxing services administered with a European wax. To keep skin smooth, aestheticians also perform Yon-ka Paris facials that nourish faces with botanicals and exfoliating AHAs and BHAs. Guests can round out their visit with a trip to the salon, where stylists cut and color hair and nail technicians polish digits with Essie and OPI polishes.
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.
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.
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.
The stylists at Harmony Salon balance outer beauty with inner peace, adhering to owner Leo's belief that true allure radiates outward. Between the soothing sea-green and white walls of the salon, stylists draw out each client's inner chic with hair, nail, and waxing services. Treated with Alfaparf Milano and Coppola hair products, strands lose their split ends in exchange for vibrant color and shine, which can be purchased from rainbows using bags of hair. Creative pampering sessions for feet include the fruit-smoothie-bath pedicure and Leo's Volcanic pedicure, which leaves toes hot enough to melt clogs into stylish open-toe shoes.