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2015 Salon & Stylist Awards

When it comes to looking good, these are the go-to salons and professionals that deliver best-in-class services and results that wow. Stay gorgeous, Miami!

Stylist Danny Jelaca consults with one of his regular clients at his South Beach salon.

{ Best Blowouts }
Dry de Luxe
Highly rated for its competitive prices and beloved by busy ladies for its late hours, this centrally located venue has carved out a niche thanks to its vegan take on the blowout, which allows patrons to choose from sulfate-free hair products by Pureology and Davines. TIP Add some oomph to your blowout visit by tacking on customized vegan luxury hair masks, aromatherapy scalp massages, and hydrating and strengthening treatments for a small extra charge. From $40, 2000 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.763.8032

{ Best Bridal Services }
Warren Tricomi
Namesakes Joel Warren and Edward Tricomi first enchanted New Yorkers with their salon in Midtown Manhattan in 2008. By 2010, they were delighting Miami with a South Beach outpost. Years of experience in the business have told them that when it comes to beauty, a woman’s wedding day is do or die. That’s why their bridal services cover it all: hair, makeup, eyes and a lot of hand-holding. TIP The Bridal Hair Trial allows clients to sample different hair and makeup looks to decide on which one will work best on them, depending on their dress and head ornaments. $300-$1,650, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.673.9190

{ Best Color }
Red Market Salon
Known for his blond ambition using the French technique Balayage, colorist Reynald Ricard is half the force behind the New York salon whose outpost at Bal Harbour Shops recently relocated to a more spacious location. TIP Book Ricard far out as his schedule fills up quickly during his visits to service his Florida clientele. Coloring services from $150, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305.864.3978

{ Best Extensions }
Detlev Aveda Lifestyle Salon
Formerly Van Michael, this salon is certified (with an educator on-site) in the VoMor Hair Extension System. Reusable, comfortable tape-in locks are custom-cut for an even, more natural look that can be worn for six to eight weeks without damaging hair. TIP Bring photos of desired hairstyles from color to volume to length for the complimentary consultation with a VoMor specialist. From $270, 1667 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach, 305.534.6789; 3065 Fuller St., Coconut Grove, 305.448.5750

{ Best Facials }
Ölsüss Skin Boutique
At her quiet oasis, natural beauty proponent Sonia Reisin gives every client her undivided attention during customized facials using botanical products by Dermalogica that incorporate aromatherapy. Among her most popular services is the UltraCalmin, which calms and soothes inflamed skin. TIP Reisin encourages clients to keep her facials’ full benefits going at home with Dermalogica’s rice-based Daily Microfoliant and PreCleanse with apricot and olive oils. From $85, 20 NE 41st St., Ste. 2, Miami, 786.356.3378

{ Best Makeup Application }
Gee Beauty
A Bal Harbour Shops favorite since its opening, this venue is where goddess and co-founder Natalie Gee works her magic on faces of all colors and shapes. And, with services like The Red Carpet and Paparazzi, which incorporate faux eyelashes for Hollywood flair, it’s not hard to see why she’s earned such a loyal clientele. TIP For a thorough lesson on what makeup can do for you, ask for the Secrets From the Chair session, a complete evaluation and tutorial with a follow-up practice session. $60-$125, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305.868.3533 

{ Best Mani/Pedi }
Lapis Spa
The Fontainebleau’s nail salon at its lavish spa uses products from brands like CND and Smith & Cult for superior results, and gifts patrons with files and buffers once treatments are done. TIP For winter-cracked hands and feet, the Rehab mani/pedi adds Thalgo’s marine-based products, such as Intensive Nutrition Cream, to ensure hands and feet are thoroughly moisturized and ready for sandal days. Manicures from $35, pedicures from $60, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.674.4772 

{ Best Massages }
The Spa at The Miami Beach Edition
Hospitality visionary Ian Schrager has a knack for getting guests to relax. At his The Miami Beach Edition, his cozy cocoon of a spa presents the perfect setting for the Build a Massage, which allows robed guests to check off boxes for the desired touch, intensity, oil, lotion and music for a most customized experience. TIP The Power Nap/Oxygen & Aromatherapy Inhalation combo is a must if you’re jet-lagged or worn down from daily stresses. Custom massages from $160, 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786.257.4539 

{ Best Men’s Haircuts }
Junior & Hatter
Wynwood’s hipster hub for grooming separates boys and girls with its rear barbershop, an all-encompassing man cave (complete with foosball and flat-screens) where men can add hot shaves and beard trims to their of-the-moment haircuts. TIP Guys with hair that’s neither curly nor straight, but somewhere in between, would benefit from the styling advice of Robert Cartwright, who is happy to teach tricks and tell you which products are best for you as he works his magic. From $45, 2750 NW Third Ave., Wynwood, 305.571.8361

{ Best Nail Art }
Ayumi Nails
Japanese graphic- designer-turned-nail-artist Ayumi Yamashita imports an exclusive nail gel polish from her homeland that rises above the rest for its saturated pigments and durability. Her rather detailed designs weave in crystals, stickers and line tape for those who want their hands to be noticed. Yamashita’s must for spring? Cherry blossom motifs. TIP Although you can go to her, Yamashita also offers at-home services. From $60, 1611 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach, 213.369.2838

{ Best One-Stop Shop }
Rik Rak Salon, Boutique & Bar
Whatever the pampering need, this beauty emporium on Brickell has you covered. Eat lunch and shop brands like Roberto Cavalli, Maaji and many others in between being cut, colored, tweezed, painted, scrubbed, massaged, bronzed, waxed or blow-dried. TIP For the ultimate treatment when it comes to color and cut, request the man himself, Rik Watters (who co-owns the venue with his wife, Raquel) and ask him about the Olaplex treatment to fortify colored hair. Cuts from $75, color from $75, Olaplex from $60, 1428 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305.371.7324 

{ Best Updos }
Oribe, the master of red-carpet updos, inspired stylist Scott Wasnak, for the look that Christie Brinkley sports in Barneys New York’s new campaign. Both avoid overly fussy prom throwbacks and opt for natural styles for a tousled, effortless effect. TIP Don’t shampoo those locks on the day of your updo service. Dirty locks make for longer lasting updos! From $75, 1627 Euclid Ave., Miami Beach, 305.538.8006 

{ Best Veteran Stylist }
Danny Jelaca
Hairstylist Danny Jelaca landed in South Beach 20 years ago during the heyday of Versace, Madonna and $10,000-a-day models, and has styled the famous tresses of everyone from Jennifer Lopez to Cameron Diaz to Scarlett Johansson. TIP Since every one of his stylists have a particular specialty, Jelaca recommends Meredith Texeira for hair treatments, Emily Sikes for Balayage hair color, Eduardo Bravo for extensions and Diego Gordon for ombre hair color. Services from $15-$450, 500 S. Pointe Drive, Ste. 120, Miami Beach, 305.604.9696

{ Best Women’s Haircuts }
Rocco Donna Hair & Beauty Art
South of Fifth’s first salon celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, and in that heady decade, stylist-to-the stars Leonardo Rocco, who counts Katy Perry and Sofia Vergara among his many A-list clients, has become the go-to guy when it comes to haircuts that frame the face and accentuate its best features, no matter the shape. TIP Before your haircut, Rocco suggests restoring dull, damaged locks with an oil complex (he’s got plenty in the Rocco Donna Professionals collection) as a way to prep those tresses. Cuts from $85, 101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.531.3330