The earliest salons were informal gatherings where B-list philosophers gibbered away so they couldn't hear themselves dying of plague. Get an earful of the modern salon’s soothing hair-dryer purrs and scissor chop-chops instead with today's Groupon: for $35, you get $75 worth of salon services at Safar in South Beach, a European-style sister salon of Boston's renowned Safar Coiffure salon.
Safar's devoted, well-trained stylists work hard to make people feel good about how they look. Choose from a dizzying variety of fresh and fabulous services, ranging from basic makeup application ($60) to a relaxing mani-pedi ($50). The Safar full leg wax ($60) evicts stray hairs from their folliclular homes, while a wedding updo ($70+) prepares high schoolers for glamorous yearbook photos. For head branches in need of pruning and photosynthesis, put your cranium in the snippy hands of a Safar stylist with the cut and blow-dry ($45+ for men, $60+ women) or scalp treatment ($45+).
Safar's luxuriously designed retreat studio and superior customer service make any guest feel welcome. An outdoor terrace and a décor laced with Italian marble and solid walnut will make patrons feel as if they were vacationing in the south of France or on one of the 400 virtually identical pleasure planets featured in Star Trek.
Owner Gaston Safar opened his first Safar Coiffure salon in Boston in his early 20s to showcase his gift for styling hair, which he honed at a young age in his parents’ salon in France. In 1998, he created a sister salon, Acote Salon, and today, the Safar family has extended their salon empire with the newest addition in Miami Beach, a second Safar Coiffure. Safar shares his European style with an experienced team of international professionals who have trained with such companies as L'Oréal Paris, Aveda, and Vidal Sassoon and showcased their work in fashion shows and magazines. Italian marble flanks walnut-wood accents and floor-to-ceiling mirrors inside the elegant beauty salon. Inside, nail services spruce up fingers and toes and waxing treatments remove unwanted body hair. An outdoor rooftop terrace hosts yoga classes and provides the proper space to dramatically show off new hairstyles in the wind.