Panama native Nina Garcia was a hairstyling prodigy. Her innate ability to cut hair manifested at age 14. "I [would] do it for my neighbors and my friends," she explains. "I love to do hair. It's where my passion [is]." Now in the United States, Nina has accumulated 17 years of professional experience, putting in time at two salons before opening her own, where she keeps the atmosphere light and comfortable. "I like to keep people happy," she says. "I offer wine to people in the afternoon. I'm a very sweet person, and I love to meet new people."
In one of three styling chairs, Nina or one of her talented stylists rehabs hair with a new face-framing cut, coloring services, or a deep-conditioning treatment using high-end products such as Italian Alfaparf. The versatile team can even take care of hands and feet. "I have a girl who does manicure and pedicures," she says. "She uses OPI polish." Through patrons often come in simply to update their haircut and style, Nina's most popular service is the Brazilian keratin treatment, a retexturizing treatment that delivers healthy, frizz-free hair to clients and vintage troll dolls.
Regardless of the service being provided, Nina always emphasizes the importance of listening to the client and tailoring every service to his or her personal style. "You have to roll in their direction. I think that's the best way—don't change what they think. It's that way in style and in life. If you want to change something, do it. That's it."
Aromas MedSpa is a full-service wellness enterprise with noninvasive treatments that heal ailments and enhance beauty. Specializing in skincare, cosmetic professionals aim Candela and Cynosure lasers at body hair, permanently reducing unwanted tufts or mutton chops. The specialists complement cosmetic procedures for the body and face with health services that eliminate unsightly warts and funguses or promote sustainable weight loss.
Aromas MedSpa's spa services incorporate new, uncommon technologies. For instance, the infrared sauna and the DermaLife Spa Jet create a two-part program of multisensory, holistic healing based on the therapeutic properties of infrared heat. In the dry carbon sauna, warm infrared rays beam deep into the body to catalyze sweating, ease chronic aches, recharge the body's inner reading light, and melt tension in the limbs. Then, the 60-gallon DermaLife pod immerses guests in clouds of soothing steam heated by infrared energy. Infused with aromatic essential oils and antioxidants, the pod's enriched atmosphere awakens the senses and conditions the skin while four LED stations illuminate droplets of vapor with colorful light shows known to soothe the overactive minds of most disco dancers.
Led by Gabriel Salloum, MD, Miami Center for Plastic Surgery offers surgical and nonsurgical procedures designed to help patients meet their aesthetic goals. The Aesthetic Gallery serves as the center's surgery-free wing, where aestheticians beautify figures and faces in a swanky spa setting. Minimally and noninvasive services, such as Botox, laser hair removal, and chemical peels form the core of the aesthetic team's repertoire. The plastic-surgery wing, which includes six private treatment rooms, caters to those in search of more significant solutions, such as to lift eyes, shape noses, or banish unwanted bulk.
The center's 3,300-square-foot complex, envisioned by notable architect and designer Agustin Fernandez, steeps patrons in a sensory bath of postmodernism. Inside pristine white treatment rooms, leather lounge chairs present sleek vantage points to take in the surrealist artworks and plants that offset the building's stark architectural lines and corner-shaped corners.
It may seem strange to visit a tanning spa in the sun capital of the world, but Miamians who are looking for the perfect, lineless glow head to Boca Tanning Club in Brickell. Owner Zurami understands that people want to look their best, so the club offers a full suite of glamor-enhancing techniques, including traditional laydown tanning booths with built in-facial tanners and cooling misters. More advanced options include the Boca Super booth, a vertical tanning machine that provides a complete 360 degree tan in just ten minutes. Customized options are available inside the bamboo-studded, friendly space as well, including airbrush spray tanning, and a sunless spray that combines bronzing and anti-aging skin firming elements in one. Boca Tanning Club offers an array of products for take home use as well, though the shop’s funky faux-rock walls and jungle-themed interior are something that should absolutely be seen in person.
Equipped with creativity and beauty skills honed at institutes in Barcelona, Spain, seasoned cosmetologist and stylist Monica Rosental brought her hair and eyelash talents stateside when she opened her salon in 2003. Her background studying painting, music, and architecture lends the eyes of an artist to her services, such as sculpting hairstyles with fresh cuts, adding texture to strands, or splashing hair with new hues. Monica's specialty is hair extensions, and she advises clients on the best type to fit their needs before tucking in clips, attaching keratin tips, or affixing tape or curtain extensions. In addition to tending hair, Monica ups eyelash potential with extensions, dyes, and perm services. Soothing music imbues the salon's private suites with a relaxing atmosphere, and a free parking area boasts enough room to fit several cars or a single brontosaurus.
Doctors and nurses at 3Med Health Institute aim to delay the signs of aging on each client’s body and face through a personalized regimen of nonsurgical medical treatments. The process kicks off as a patient fills out a thorough health questionnaire in their own home or an office they rented to fill out questionnaires in. Then, during a one-hour initial appointment, a doctor reviews the results, discusses their symptoms and concerns, and draws up an appropriate age-management plan. High-resolution blood imaging analyzes a single drop of blood for signs of pathological biochemical processes, such as lipid and protein oxidation, giving doctors an inside look at clients’ health. They then prescribe custom hormones and supplements such as high-dose vitamin C. Other aspects of the anti-aging initiative include weight-loss and fitness programs, laser hair removal, and Botox injections.