Red Market stylishly lops and illuminates locks with a follicular array of cutting-edge salon products and services. The sleek stylist team tames overgrown manes with a haircut (a $120 value) before cocooning head cords in a conditioning mask from Rene Furterer (a $45 value). The nourishing, plant-based treatment leaves hair supple and smooth enough to slip into vending-machine openings and retrieve errant nutter butters.
SandiLeon Salon & Spa is the namesake brain baby of owners Leon Perez and his partner, Sandi Gil, who bring European flair to their plethora of serene spa services. The hands of an in-house massage therapist deftly manipulate painful musculature during 50-minute deep-tissue massages. These intense bouts of therapy are designed to realign fibers for a back as straight and relaxed as a ruler lounging on the beach. Taut dorsal filaments unwind under the pressurized kneads, which chase away stress deposits while working out chronic kinks imbedded deep within muscles.
Cosmetologist Marie Charles brings more than 20 years of experience in the beauty and fashion industry to her salon, Marie Hair Designs. In addition to working for top fashion names, such as Chanel and Armani, she’s perfected looks for styling shows across South Florida at Neiman Marcus and Saks. Tapping into this vast knowledge base, she beautifies her clients with everything from cuts and styles to hair-extension weaves and keratin straightening treatments.
Nails on one side, hair on the other. So it goes at 770 Salon Miami, where the full-service salon's dual storefront allows the hushed quietude of mani-pedi services to coexist with the jubilant salon soundtrack of blow-dryers and conversation. Cushy red couches give way to polished hardwood floors in the salon area, in which owner Gayle Nelson—a veteran in the hair industry—oversees her staff of stylists. Their adept hands clip, trim, and shape hairdos before enhancing them with colors or keratin smoothing treatments.
In the tranquil nail salon, patrons sink into reclining pedicure chairs, dipping their feet into sparkling foot baths to smooth calluses and soothe nagging hop-scotch injuries. Here, away from the snipping of scissors and buzz of clippers, nail technicians scrub sore feet, massage hands, and buff and file nails before dressing them in polish from OPI, CND, and Essie.
Step into the luxurious lion's den of a man cave, where leather-filled lounges and private rooms create a town-square atmosphere fit for a gentlemanly gathering. The aptly named Royal Haircut starts with a complimentary consultation. After you and your barber decide on the best 'do for you, the trimming begins. Artful snips will magically transform mangy mops to crisp cuts. You can even request a sprucing up of your nose and ears, which may become jealous and want mini hairdos of their own. The subsequent shampoo and conditioning treatment removes any stray snipped renegades hiding amid your reformed head of hair. A relaxing scalp massage is followed by a rinse, style, and splash of cologne, bringing the procedure to a wistful yet inevitable end. Once you've had your manly tresses thoroughly shaped and sculpted by a hair artiste, you'll understand the value of a good haircut and will be able to prove Goldbach's Conjecture.