When everyone in Miami looks like they’ve just stepped out of a photo shoot (and some of them have), it leaves women wondering: Where can I snag that picture-perfect look?
Luckily, Miami is home to some of the country’s—and the world’s—leading salons with gurus great at perfecting hair, makeup and that South Beach glow. Here’s a guide to some of the city’s top experts who will leave you transformed or touched up discretely in mere minutes inside their stylish salons.
1. ATMA Beauty
Thought buns were only sexy on guys? Not the case, says ATMA Beauty creative director Sheenon Olson. “>For women they are becoming another option, seen on models such at Taylor Hill. Both the single and the double top knot are here for 2016,” he says.
The new Sunset Harbour salon, manned by the celeb stylist behind the looks of supermodels like Alessandro Ambrosio and Elle Macpherson, has taken over a lofted, industrial-style space bringing a New York-type feel to the beach with an expertly curated team of stylists, nail artists and spray tan goddesses.
2. RikRak Salon at the Four Seasons
Blending their passions for hair and fashion, the duo behind RikRak Salon at the Four Seasons, Rik and Raquel Watters, bring more than 30 years of expertise to the table. The combo salon and boutique features everything from blowouts to handbags that you can peruse while waiting for your dye job to settle. You can even nibble on a chef-driven lunch of small plates and salads, sipping wine and indulging in head-to-toe treatments.
3. Salon Vaso
Vaso Spirou has made quite the name for herself in Miami over the past 10 years trimming the locks of both locals and celebrities alike at the Alton Road Salon Vaso. After freshening up your ‘do, have those nails worked on with the exclusive Moroccan Love mani and pedi that weaves Moroccan Oil into a rejuvenating nail treatment.
4. Sean Donaldson Hair Salon
Antique silver leaf wallpaper, steamer trunk-inspired salon carts, a plexi-glass-encased shampoo room, these are just a few of the luxe factors that set Sean Donaldson Hair Salon apart from the others on Miami Beach. The award-winning salon is designed in a style that’s equal parts zen and sexy, with a reputation built on the celeb stylist’s expertise when it comes to the latest looks and trends in the hair world—plus signature spa treatments that are just as cutting edge.
5. Junior & Hatter
Set in the Wynwood Building, Junior & Hatter serves up a more hipster version of the traditional beauty salon with treatments just as glamorous but in a setting much more laid-back than the spots you’re used to on South Beach. If you’re in desperate need of a color fix, these stylists are some of the top in town.
Celebrity fave Oribe on Lincoln Road lives up to its star-studded rep built on the master stylist’s 30-plus years working in the fashion biz with everyone from Karl Lagerfeld to photographers like Helmut Newton and Mario Testino.
7. Elle Air Blow Dry + Makeup Bar
For a one-stop-shop for all things beauty, head to Surfside to Elle Air Blow Dry + Makeup Bar. Looking for a quick hair fix? The blowouts here range from sleek and straight to rip-curl and beach waves à la Blake Lively. You can also snag a quick up-do without having to worry about a wash that’ll have you looking glam and ready for a night out in no time.
8. Bdry Blow Dry Bar
The sister spot to the Tribeca blowout bar, South Beach’s BDry Blow Dry Bar offers six signature blowouts as well as dry styling, if you just want a little pick-me-up. Of course you can also do glosses, toners and root retouches, but if you just want a simple seasonal festival look, swing by and request bohemian braids for a Bonnaroo-ready style.
9. Sobe Tan by Fabiola
We may be living in Miami, but UV tanning is so passé. Get the same glow faking it with the help of spray tan experts like Sobe Tan by Fabiola (pictured at top), which offers organic and paraben-free turbo spray tans in three locales: South Beach, Coral Gables and now at ATMA. Fabiola is the mastermind behind the five-minute instant bronze sesh that will have you looking just as golden as her celeb clients like Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian.
10. Gloss Nail Bar
The term organic no longer applies to just your grocery shopping. At Coral Gables Gloss Nail Bar, there’s over 100 polishes and products to choose from that are all-natural and organic, designed by founder Sandra Weir herself. Treat yourself to a sumptuous manicure with raw sugar scrub and butter hand cream or take a seat in the pedicure chair and soak those heels in a sea salt bath scented with lemon grass and tea tree oils.
11. NailBar & Beauty Lounge
At the eco-friendly Midtown NailBar & Beauty Lounge, you can not only get chemical-free treatments, you can also score some of the best nail art in town. While you’re at it, take a Keratin treatment from your mane to your mani with a Brazilian manicure that works with Keratin gloves made of 100-percent vegetable active ingredients sure to sooth and soften your skin.