Summer is a great time to check out the latest beauty treatments and start a new routine to get in shape for “the season”. My hairdresser, the super talented Steven Schmidt who has coiffed the super models at Fashion Weeks from Milan to New York and Paris Couture, moved to a new salon and medspa, Danny Jelaca. He told me about the cutting edge skin treatments for men and women and uber mani pedis, and said it is one of the best hair salons in Miami, so off I went to South Beach to check them out.
First, the salon itself deserves special mention. It’s a symphony in white – fresh, bright, contemporary, and with crystal chandeliers. Everyone is super nice, which one doesn’t always find in a glam salon whose owner caters to the likes of everyone from Paulina Rubio and Ivana Trump to Carlos Ponce and Cameron Diaz. My first challenge posed to Isis Suarez, the medical esthetician, who trained and worked in New York, was what would make my skin glow as it was looking dull and not “fresh”. She recommended the microcurrent treatment for women and men which she called a “gym workout for the skin”. Coincidentlally, in an article In the New York Times about the most troublesome hair and skin problems of the season, they mentioned puffiness which comes from planes, seasonal allergies and free flowing rose (“a recipe for bloat city”). The suggested antidote was a a treatment that delivers tiny electrical currents that speed circulation.
Isis’ twenty minute treatment is precisely that, a combination of ultrasound gel and collagen which are applied with a tingling microcurrent (6 biweekly treatments for 3 weeks, $180 or a $30 add on to a European facial, $150). The result? My skin looked fresh, my cheeks rosy, and that evening one of my good friends said I looked fab –and she didn’t know I had had a treatment. Also ask about the LED light therapy.
Then it was time for my dreadful peeling nails. She took special care in all aspects of the manicure, adding treatments including a coconut sugar rub that exfoliates and hydrates, and a fruit peel. For the peel she took a cotton ball infused with Brilliance Peel and wiped the top of my hands several times. The cotton came out dark. She said that with a plan of six treatments, one sees a noticeable lightening of sun spots (the same treatment can be done on the face). And for me, a bottom line was how long does the manicure last, considering that typically the polish peels after 5 days. She told me 10 days. And yes, it lasted ten days with no special care. (regular manicure, $45; with peel, $55). She also does nail dipping which is said to be a gentler alternative to acrylic nails. Isis is up to date on the latest and greatest, too many treatments to describe here. Plus, there are all kinds of hair and beauty services and massage. Total head to toe. It’s well worth a visit. And a big plus, they have their own parking spots (free) in a lot next door. Danny Jelaca Salon & Spa, 300 Alton Road, Suite 100A (T.305-604-9696).