Ever since small business stopped advertising on fingernails, people have been searching for a way to keep them looking spiffy. That's where Diva owner Evelyn Calderon comes in. She and her staff of expert technicians meticulously decorate finger and toe billboards with a wide array of nail techniques. Salon guests may also request an invigorating facial or banish unwanted hair from eyebrows with a specialty waxing session.
Myself Spa is a family-run company that specializes in beauty and wellness. The staff is made up of licensed therapists trained in various techniques of massage as well as aestheticians who can administer facials and other skincare treatments. Other therapies focus on weight loss and cellulite reduction, including several that rely on state-of-the-art technology.
Lying on her side, her body supported by pillows, the expectant mother begins to relax. Her massage therapist goes to work, kneading the back, legs, and other areas pregnancy tends to put stress on. With benefits ranging from better sleep to increased blood flow, the pregnancy massage at Essence Day Spa is proof that spa treatments can be about more than just escaping from stress or wearing slippers in public; they can be integral to your health.
This isn’t news to Dr. I. Anthony Cardella, the MD who founded and operates the spa. The OB/GYN and former University of Miami professor created Essence Day Spa to be a place where licensed pros could apply their highly technical skills. That’s why, in addition to staples such as European facials and Swedish massages, his center performs services that require training with special equipment, including laser hair removal, bamboo massage, and microdermabrasion.
With average temperatures in the '70s and '80s, it makes sense that Miami is full of body-baring outfits. All that skin is why people like the owners of Velour Med Spa were able to open a successful laser hair-removal business in 2005. With the hope of further beautifying bodies, they established Velour—a full med spa—in 2010.
Its certified medical aestheticians, who are supervised by a medical director, still perform the popular laser hair-removal treatments, but they also fade unwanted spider veins, smooth cellulite, and rely on intense pulsed light to refresh faces. In addition to beautifying clients, they relax with massages and mani-pedis, which take place in a pristine all-white room.
Because Costa Sol Medical Spa is relatively new—it opened its doors in 2009—the staff has its fingers on the pulse of the latest in anti-aging, salon, and massage treatments. These advanced med spa treatments range from an exfoliating Miami peel that evens skin tone to a keratin treatment that defrizzes manes so they look more like silk and less like mohair. Costa Sol also offers a menu of classic salon and spa treatments such as mani-pedis, facials, and haircuts for women, men, and children.
A&S Natural Massage's team of licensed massage therapists and aesthetic experts heals musculature and noninvasively enhances silhouettes through services including laser therapy and body contouring. Within the confines of Salonz Beauty Suites, spa therapists greet guests with a consultation, assessing each client's goals to recommend the best course of treatment. Technicians can then tauten physiques by harnessing radio frequencies, ultrasound, or blow dryers, while muscle masons relieve tensed sinews with modalities ranging from Swedish massage to trigger-point therapy.
Fritz's talented staff of stylists perform haircuttery that pulls out all the stops, including the one imprisoning a dangerous djinn. Fritz's haircut ($34) prefaces its precision scissor-snipping with a luxurious, meditative shampooing, a hot-towel treatment, and a scalp massage. All the young dudes carrying the news can freshen their follicles with a highlighting ($40+), while distinguished gents can either defy the passing of time with a custom color ($60+) or gray coverage ($35), or rock the salt-and-pepper with a gray blending ($30). Beyond the head, you can sample Fritz's spa-grade services such as a 45-minute customized facial ($45), a 60-minute massage in the style of your choice ($75), a manly and respect-inducing men's manicure ($25), and more.
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