At Miami Nail Club & Spa, patrons are invited to outfit their talons with a diverse array of gel colors and acrylic nails. Nail art, whimsical designs, and tiny likenesses of Grover Cleveland also add flair to nails, turning manicures and pedicures into creative personal expressions. A technician can quickly pamper digits with a mini manicure, or she can boost overall beauty and relaxation with a spa package that includes a mani-pedi, a restorative facial, and a reflexology treatment.
As a welcoming gesture, Daymara Navarrete and her staff of licensed aestheticians press a cup of wine, tea, or coffee into the hands of arriving guests. The team fosters a familial bond with clients during services ranging from therapeutic wraps and massages to cuts, styles, and hair texturing. Each staff member offers experience in a particular area and hones his or her skills through continual training on new products, such as Gelish polish, or through wagers that they can get a bespectacled mannequin asked to prom. As they execute their pampering services, most of which call upon OPI products, staff members navigate between rows of pedicure chairs and black leather-backed salon chairs. Their busy hands release a symphony of soft sounds that reverberates off dark wood accents and sea-green walls as floral arrangements nod their colorful heads in time.
Alcira Eimil—a certified medical electrologist and the owner of ANJ Permanent Hair Removal & Aesthetics—draws upon 15 years of experience to wrangle unsightly strands. ANJ's LightSheer Duet laser terminates unwanted hair quickly using tough yet gentle photons that harmlessly pass through the skin and directly impact hair follicles. The treatment targets hair of any shade other than gray or blond, and gents can boost suaveness by exiling errant threads from the back, ears, and sideburns beneath their pinky toenails. Though some patients experience discomfort during laser treatments, LightSheer Duet equipment reduces hirsuteness without requiring topical anesthetic, and lasers are calibrated for empathy and small talk with sensitive epidermises. While most patients achieve their desired level of smoothness in six or fewer treatments, results may vary based on skin tone or hair color and density.
To make Glowing Gold Tanning Spa more than just a basic tanning salon, its team of therapists and aestheticians employs an extensive collection of high-powered tanning beds and specialized spa services. Housing three levels of tanning beds and a VersaSpa automated system, the spa offers clients a selection of standup beds, reclined beds, and UV-free spray-tan systems. While some people, such as beach-goers or those playing the pie crust in this year’s pageant, may be content with just a tan, others can enjoy Glowing Gold's other offerings, such as teeth whitening, massage, waxing, and facials.
"Purple is our theme color," says manager Karen Mesa, of the hue covering Chicka's Hair Salon's accent wall. "It's on our website, our business card; even our salon chairs are purple. We like purple." In line with their devotion to this regal color, stylists strive to give their customers the royal treatment: each shampoo also includes a relaxing head massage, and customers sip complimentary tea or coffee during haircuts. And, though the salon caters to its titular chicas by offering mani-pedis and waxing sessions, men and children can get beautified here, too. "Girls bring their husbands in," says Karen. "[It's very] family-friendly."
An all-star team of hairstylists, aestheticians, and nail technicians reinvents beauty inside the hip and colorful Exquisite Salon & Spa. Here, red and green walls alternate with touches of sandy taupe, and big, metal storage cabinets double as mirrors. Hairstylists take their positions behind modular, black styling chairs situated right beside the space’s collection of floor-to-ceiling windows, the perfect spot for sunlight to illuminate freshly cut and colored tresses. In the nail corner, clients can sink into cushy, high-backed chairs as technicians work diligently to shape fingers and toes into uniform parabolas, all while sloughing dry skin from the hands and feet. Aestheticians, meanwhile, swathe skin with warm wax in an effort to remove unwanted fuzz or to create the world’s most lifelike wax figure.