Thursday, November 7, 2013

#ThankYouMiami for Glitz, Glamour & Gorgeous Hair

I recently suffered one of the most traumatic losses a girl can experience: my go-to hair stylist moved out of Miami. Lucky for me (and for you), Miami has had a recent influx of new beauty talent and they’re taking over our favorite neighborhoods. Moreover, the salons they call home are equipped with all the beauty outing essentials: vino, snacks, and the latest gossip.

Last month I studio-hopped in your name to try two newly opened beauty venues: Studio Chroma Inc. and Elle Air Blow Dry + Make Up bar. I am thrilled to report my experiences were nothing short of stellar. Both salons get major brownie points for their fantastic service, their beauty know-how, and their trés chic decor. Because what is a beauty salon if not a female haven?

Studio Chroma Inc.

145 Aragon Ave
Miami, FL 33134
(786) 518-2920

Studio Chroma is located one block north of Miracle Mile and successfully captures the desirable ambiance that draws international retailers to the famous Coral Gables strip. The salon’s interior decorations are simple and modern in a blend of urban style typical to the neighborhood. However, Studio Chroma’s sense of corporate social responsibility, including their use of environmentally-conscious beauty products, is a breath of fresh air in the surrounding commercial monotony.

While the entire Studio Chroma team has received rave reviews on Yelp, I stopped by to visit Emilee for a quick haircut and styling before the Fashion Scene Miami fundraiser. The odds were stacked against her when I walked in because a few months prior, I had my hair cut much shorter and in a different style than I have worn half of my life.  Additionally, I was very hesitant to test a stranger’s abilities a few hours before an important social event.

Without sharing any of this with Emilee, I let her do her thing. Turns out, hair is not only her passion, but also her calling. She did a fantastic job of cleaning up my ends and refreshing my haircut without cutting off too much hair. She listened to all of my recommendations and refined them with her expertise to give me absolutely gorgeous hair that fit my personal style. Best of all, she is extremely friendly and a genuine sweetheart.

Studio Chroma is located in close proximity to Miracle Mile and emits the same air of exclusivity and sophistication for which the area is known.

Emilee (left) is one of a handful of talented stylists on the Studio Chroma team. She is extremely talented, but also humble and charismatic which makes her the perfect person to trust with your beloved locks.

After a quick haircut and styling, I left Studio Chroma with gorgeous hair fit for the glitz and glamour of the Fashion Scene Miami fundraiser.

Elle Air Blow Dry + Make Up bar
9480 Harding Ave
Surfside, FL 33154

(305) 763-8385

Elle Air Blow Dry + Make Up bar is located in the heart of the Surfside business district. While its ambiance draws upon Surfside’s beach town feel to provide a soothing sanctuary, Elle Air delivers the luxury expected in this stylish and modern neighborhood. Owner Arielle’s attention to detail is evident in every aspect of her business, from the fresh look of the venue’s interior to her excellent customer service.

I stopped by Elle Air for a quick blow-dry during their soft opening and was immediately captured by its youthful and welcoming atmosphere. Walking in felt like arriving at a private beauty party with my closest girlfriends. Everyone inside the salon was engaged in excited chitchat and was visibly enjoying their treatments. Before each girl left with their finished styles, they proudly showed off their picture-perfect locks to the others.

I received an excellent scalp massage and left with fabulously smooth and straight hair, but my favorite part of the visit was the spread of wines, refreshments, and snacks that Elle Air makes available to their customers. It is incredible how such a simple detail can really elevate a customer’s experience. I look forward to visiting them again so I can test out their skills with the more complex hairstyles from their menu, as well as the make-up services they offer using Gorgeous Cosmetics. I received a few samples of their products during my visit and have since added the Icicle lip lacquer to my daily beauty must-haves.

The décor at Elle Air is modern and trendy, but calming which is fitting for a beauty refuge in the heart of Surfside's business district.

Ocean Drive Magazine's Michelle Petrillo stopped by Elle Air during the soft opening and left looking radiant with her expertly styled hair.

Miami Beach resident Melissa Henriquez models her elegant up-do next to Elle Air's bar of snacks and refreshments.

Have you visited these two beauty venues? How was your experience? What are some of your other go-to beauty destinations in Miami? Leave a comment below or send me a tweet @ThankYouMiami!


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