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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Jorge Gaviria brings more than 15 years of hair-restoration-surgery experience to every procedure he performs. Moreover, as Dr. Gaviria's website proclaims, he is not just a surgeon but "an artist whose medium is the hair and scalp." He and the med-spa team at Pure Restorations help men and women regain their coif confidence with follicle transplants that cause minimal discomfort. Transplants reverse the once-irreversible thinning associated with genetics, medication, and kleptomaniacal hats. The clinic's menu of rejuvenating services also includes facials, injectable wrinkle fillers, sclerotherapy, and laser hair removal.
Surrounded by flowers and seated in cozy red spa chairs, Dominican Spa & Salon's guests find themselves relaxing even as seasoned nail and hair stylists buzz around them. The nail techs pamper fingers and toes with manicures and pedicures, using no-chip Shellac polish for long-lasting color or regular veneer polish for scarecrow touchups. Hair experts snip and style locks during haircuts, or they revamp locks with human-hair extensions. Smooth skin and glowing faces complement new hairdos after waxing treatments and facials.