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.
As a child, Beniley Llorens watched her parents work at their salon in Guadalajara, Mexico, learning secrets of the beauty industry firsthand. Her passion for aesthetics led her to training in places such as Italy, Spain, France, and Japan before she opened a day spa in Guadalajara and eventually relocated to Miami. Now she owns Beniley Wellness Center & Spa, which recently moved to a new location, where she and her team use European techniques to perform facials, microdermabrasion, radio-frequency treatments, PEMF (pulse electromagnetic field therapy), and specializing particularly in waxing.
Not only do Llorens and her personally trained staff members perform waxing services—including upward of 70 Brazilian waxes per week, but Llorens has also developed her own line of skincare and cosmetic products.
In Greek mythology, the goddess of remedy and healing is Panacea, a fitting name for this spa, where the staff specializes in relaxing and rejuvenating services to help each client feel like a goddess or, at the very least, a relaxed human with really soft skin. Along with nail services, waxing, and skin-beautifying treatments including botanical facial peels and sea-salt exfoliations, they tame tension with massages and reflexology. Upping the pampering quotient, wellness packages merge several services for up to four hours of indulgence for men, women, and couples.
The folks behind Tropicalaser view laser hair removal as a necessity, not an indulgence. That's why, like a doctor's office, they try to accommodate as many clients as they can. To swiftly and safely shed unwanted hair, they use lasers from reputable companies such as Lumenis, Candela, and Cynosure. On-staff medical directors and laser technicians implement strict protocol to maintain responsible use. Laser-hair removal is available for both men and women, and the equipment Tropicalaser uses can accommodate all skin types. Other services offered include tattoo removal and skin rejuvenation treatments.
Licensed aesthetician Rose Levenda draws upon more than 30 years of combined local and overseas experience to enhance appearances and help clients stay abreast of current cosmetic trends. Focused on skin, she attacks uneven complexions and blemishes from all angles with a slew of anti-aging treatments, specialized peels, and deep-reaching exfoliation measures, including microdermabrasion. For bodies that can’t seem to shrink after exercise, dieting, and sleeping in sardine cans, nonsurgical liposuction and body contouring offer less invasive alternatives to traditional medical procedures.
Michelle Sternberg has spent nearly 35 years perfecting her technique as a licensed electrolysis technician, and over the years she's built a loyal fan base that's quick to speak to her prowess. At Laser by Michelle she performs electrolysis as well as laser hair removal. During laser treatments she uses pulsed-light Palomar technology, effective on the majority of complexions and nearly any body part. For most people, it takes between 6 and 12 sessions to see desired results, but for a sloth it would probably take longer.