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.
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.
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.
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.