When she was young, Michelle's mother taught her that pursuing dreams is the only way to find true happiness. That’s why her mother moved the family from Puerto Rico to Florida, and why today, after a detour through medical school, she runs her own day spa. Among the salon’s scents of lavender and candles, she and her staff give clients individual attention during L’Oréal scalp-renewal treatments, all-over blonding processes, and Brazilian straightening treatments. They also accommodate guests seeking complete makeovers with makeup applications, facial waxing, and lash extensions.
Instead of offering quick beauty pick-me-ups, the staff at Premier Day Spa takes the long view?in this day and age, people are living longer than ever, which means that anti-aging skincare is more essential than it's ever been. To that end, the spa calls on imported skincare formulas from Guinot-Paris in facial treatments that take a proactive approach to halting the signs of aging rather than making up for them by wearing pigtails constantly. One such service is the Hydradermie Lift, which uses galvanic current to exercise facial muscles and help rejuvenate sagging features. Of course, Premier Day Spa focuses on more than just aesthetic results?clients can release tension and center their minds with more than a dozen massage styles that range from classic Swedish strokes to Asian specialties such as shiatsu and reflexology. The spa experts also perform detoxifying body treatments, refine digits with mani-pedis, and enhance faces with lash extensions and permanent makeup. With this atmosphere centered on relaxation, the spa does not permit children to accompany adults during their visits.
Upon entering Robar Beauty Salon & Spa, a visitor might first notice the recently remodeled interior, splashes of canary yellow or vibrant fuchsia, or the smell of organic hair products wafting through the air. But owner William Robar?an industry veteran of almost 40 years?remembers his salad days in less prosperous locations. His first salon "was so busy I didn't know where to put the people!" he laughs, recalling its cramped layout. His clientele ranged from street criminals to drug dealers. "In those days it was wild. Every walk of life came into my salon."
Now a sought-after celebrity stylist, William has clipped and styled famous hair for Frank Sinatra, Barbara Walters, and President Bill Clinton, who needed a trim before delivering a presidential speech. Inside his upscale salon, William and his team of certified stylists use their fashion instincts and mastery of the sibilant scissor language to team up with shears and craft elegant coifs for men, women, and children.
Bellezza Beauty Bar can't be contained—the beauty center pampers clients not only in its studio, but also at fashion shows, parties, and other private events. Regardless of where the services take place, clients receive the Hollywood treatment: anti-aging facials, NovaLash eyelash extensions, and Brazil Bronze luxury spray tans that add definition as well as color. In the studio, the center of attention is the well-stocked beauty bar, which is outfitted with lotions, makeup, and special soaps that smell like loyalty. Before their services, clients rest on plush couches and sip cucumber water or Cuban coffee.
The cadre of bilingual beauty professionals at Aventura Surgery Center & Med Spa focus on delivering tranquility almost as much as beauty. Massaging pedicure chairs, aromatherapy oils, and paraffin dips can enhance mani-pedis, and facials include a massage for the neck, shoulders, and hands. Skincare salves rely mainly on botanical ingredients, such as the aloe vera, papaya, and green-tea extracts that power peels. All this hands-on attention doesn't make the spa any less attuned to emerging technologies: for instance, the QuickSlim Lipo system uses laser light to shrink fat cells while delivering all the health benefits of a planetarium show, and an LED facial treatment destroys surface bacteria and prompts collagen growth.
Since 1974, Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers' dedicated instructors have edified spa and salon hopefuls in the tricks of the beauty-boosting trade. Under the watchful eye of a seasoned professional, each soon-to-be beautician performs a variety of services on visitors to earn the certification of a license massage therapist or the gilded epaulettes of an aesthetician. At both the Hollywood and Miami Beach locations, clients can help students achieve their goals by simply indulging in rejuvenating facials, stylish cuts and colors, and relaxing rubdowns.