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.
Body Minute's focus on catering to women with busy lifestyles propelled its skin-care methods into more than 350 beauty centers across Europe—and then, across the pond. Whether requesting individual services or a monthly subscription, each of Body Minute's clients receives the convenience of quick treatments without the need for an appointment.
Basic facials with steam and extractions cleanse specific skin types, while facial patches reinvigorate the skin with algae or olive-tree extracts. Alternatively, aestheticians pamper the whole body with services such as a relaxing Japanese massage and a Hormeta scrub exfoliation, which lets clients feel the smoothing effects of volcanic rock without having to roll down the slope of Krakatoa. To help clients achieve the results of their treatments at home, Body Minute carries its own line of paraben-free, Swiss-made beauty products.
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.
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.