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Welcome to Avant Gardes Blog!

Welcome to Avant Garde’s blog. This tool will engage you, educate you, and most importantly inspire you. Our journey through the world of beauty will begin with a topic which would seem like a basic right but is much harder to achieve. We should have the right to express ourselves and be who we are. I’m happy to say that it’s becoming a trend. Fashion colors are being used as tools to creating works of art, and the canvases are just as bold and beautiful. When taking the dive into fashion colored hair, your making a statement and declaring your own independence. It has become it’s own world of mermaids (and mermans!): bright and vibrant or soft and elegant. There is no limit to what these hair artists will create; However, the process to get you there requires a knowledgeable and skilled stylist. This is what you will find at Avant Garde. Passion is what moves us forward and hair is our gateway to expression. The French word Avant Garde translates to ‘bringing the trend.’ We take pride in our word, and in our work. Hope you will join me again next week and see you soon at Avant Garde!

Get Trendy with Tortoiseshell Colored

Get ready for the beach ladies!

At Avant-Garde Salon and Spa the hair specialists are always working on the latest trends for local clientele and celebrities. One of this years latest trends is tortoiseshell hair. Tortoiseshell colored hair is sometimes referred to as escaille which incorporates hair color variations of chocolate, blondes and caramels that come together to form a perfect combination of layered hair colors.

By combining these warm colors together, it gives hair a new dimension and depth. Women who already have brown and/or brunette hair can incorporate this hair style with little maintenance after as it blends well with their existing hair roots. As hair continues to grow, this hair color technique works well in keeping an ombre look and feel.

Great Lengths Hair Extensions.

Make your dream a reality with the best Great lengths Hair Extensions selections.

In Avant -Garde Salon and Spa Miami, We know that each woman has their own favorite style. This is why we use Great Lengths hair extensions that give us that possibility to choose an option for color without any restrictions. Please take the time to appreciate all the hair extension color selection. Great lengths hair extensions create their own color to be able to achieve the perfect hair style.

There is a big variety of color for each woman to be able to find there perfect color match. Great lengths hair extensions have all natural colors from platinum blonde to dark brown to black; all the different tones from red tones to blonde tones and of course black tones.

Great lengths hair extensions are not only about the different colors and lengths, they also have a lot of different textures to match with your natural hair quality. We adjust the hair extensions  to your own hair thickness. It is practically impossible to make the distinction between the extensions and your original hair.  Whether you want to add length or volume Great Lengths offer s all the elements for you to find the perfect combination of tone, length, texture, and volume.

Dye time ! Pastel hair color ,Ombre mermaid ,hair chalking, Miami.

Highlights the same color as your natural hair?  So last year.

Now you should try these colorful dyed tips !
A few years ago: Unusual hair color like greens, pinks, or blues automatically qualify you as “punk.”
Now: Pastel pink hair has made its way into the pages of “Vogue,” and celebrity are wearing Blue ombre on the red carpet.

“Unusual” hair color has officially took place in top salons as the new dyed hair trends.

While we don’t know why people have changed their attitude about colored hair, it’s a change that makes us very happy.

Another way to express yourself and get creative with your hairstyles? There are a variety of techniques and ways to wear this hair color trend, so it’s easy for any girl to try.

Whether you’re looking for a bold, long-term commitment Mermaid Ombre or a quick and non-damaging method like chalking.
Dipped tips are the most popular way to wear this hair color trend. The process requires a pretty big commitment because the hair must be bleached before any color is applied .

even if you’re already blonde. Because this process is complex, in Avant-garde salon and spa, we recommend that you get your tips dipped at the salon. You can also get a wider variety of hues since the color is mixed to your preference.

There are hundreds of pastel shades adding, that are hot right now.

” Summer is close so girls are going for lighter colors, plus pastels don’t cause as big of a contrast with many natural hair colors. It creates more of a delicate effect.”

Darker jewel tones are also very popular ; Beet purples and Deep blues are finding their way into the mix. Another bonus to choosing a deep jewel tone like blue is the variety of hues that appear when the color begins to fade. “We love blue because it eventually fades to a turquoise green,”

Now that you’ve decided to experiment with a little color, what color should you choose?

Pink: “This works best on blondes, however a brunette with a warm skin tone could wear a deep rich pink or a pink with a little more red in it. Pinks would also be fun on redheads.

Blue: For girls with dark hair and an olive complexion, we recommends navy, while blondes should try a turquoise or pale blue.

Purple: All skin tones suit purple, but  especially loves it on a dark brunette.

Green: “we see this working on a blonde, it’s a tough shade,” .

How long will your color last?

Depends on how much you wash your hair and whether the dye is permanent, semi-permanent, or temporary.

If you use semi-permanent color and you wash your hair every other day, you can expect the color to last four to five weeks. But if you wash your hair every day, you’re looking at two weeks.

We also recommend you to use a sulfate free shampoo and a leave-in with UV protection.

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Smoothing Hair Treatments, Miami Salon.

Different smoothing treatment


 Keratin treatment:

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 If you’re thinking about trying it, you should know this:

 What Is Keratin? It’s a protein that’s naturally in your hair.

 How It Works: A stylist applies a keratin hair-straightening product to your hair and then uses the heat of a flat iron to seal it in. The process takes about 90 minutes or longer, depending on your hair’s length. Salon keratin products include Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy by Coppola, Global Keratin Complex, the La-Brasiliana treatment, Brazilian Keratin Treatment, the Brazilian Blowout, and Brazilian Hair Straightening.

 Time-Saving Tresses: If you usually style your hair straight, a keratin hair-straightening treatment could shorten your blow-dry time by 40% to 60%.

 Farewell, Frizz: You can forget about frizzy hair after treatment. “You could walk out in moist or light rain and your hair won’t change,”

 Wait Before You Wash: You shouldn’t wash your hair for three or four days after getting the treatment. That’s because the solution takes time to work, he says.

 Upkeep: After you get a keratin hair treatment, and after the don’t-wash waiting period, you should use sodium-sulfate-free shampoo to help maintain the treatment.

 How Long It Lasts: Expect the results to last two to 2 1/2 months.

 Keratin treatments won’t make your hair break, but the flat-ironing might. “The hair breakage has nothing to do with the treatments and everything to do with the flat irons that are used to dry and seal the hair afterward, “Some stylists may use a flat iron that is way too hot and scorches hair, making it break off.”

 “Keratin is more of a restorative treatment, “Even if you have a good hair type, it still strengthens the hair shaft and makes your hair more resilient.”


 Formaldehyde Factor

 You may have heard about formaldehyde in salon keratin products.

 Formaldehyde has been linked to health problems, especially for people who regularly work with it. The main health concern about formaldehyde in keratin products has been about salon workers, not people who get keratin hair treatments.

 How much formaldehyde is in these products? That varies. The FDA and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have looked into formaldehyde levels in some of these products.

 “You can ask salon professionals if they know whether a product contains formaldehyde-related ingredients or other ingredients you may wish to avoid,” the FDA’s web site states. If you have a bad reaction to the treatment, the FDA asks that you report it to them.

 “Most companies that put out keratin treatments use safe levels. But the problematic part and where these treatments got a bad rap came when salons were mixing their own to incorporate more formaldehyde,” .


 Chi treatment:




 From the manufacturer’s website: It eliminates up to 95% of frizz while making curly hair more manageable. This safe alternative to traditional harsh straightening systems infuses the hair with a unique formula of amino acids, proteins, silk and pearl into the hairs cuticle. The system safely smooth’s frizzy, curly hair into beautiful, soft and silky hair. The process, that bonds the powerful (yet gentle) formula with the heat from the CHI iron and dryer, dramatically improves the condition, shine and smoothness of even the most unruly hair types. Results typically last up to 4 months.


 Bottom line: It actually works.



 Yuko treatment:

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 The Japanese Japanese Hair Straightening is a long-standing hair straightening technique which employs heat to rebuild the bonds in your hair so the hair lies straight, leaving you with nothing but you glossy, silky, shiny straight hair. This technique is also usually referred to as the Japanese Hair Straightening. The thermal reconditioning or rebonding works most of the time on the majority types of hair other than African hair.


 The Japanese Hair Straightening was devised around 1996 by a Japanese lady called unsurprisingly, Ms. Yuko. She created a fantastic non coating to straighten hair employed heat oxidation. This technique helped to rebuild the hair from the inner to the outer layer. She also used the unconventional ingredient of shark oil put on to the hair and used steam rather than heat directly on to the hair to condition it.


 The Japanese Hair Straightening employs the notion of using the hair’s tiny amount of electrical charge to divert the cystine bone of the hair, and then re-shape it to seem straight.


 You might think that hair that’s been straightened is not healthy or damaged, but it’s not with this technique. Japanese Hair Straightening allows you hair to breathe as it’s non-coated as is the case with normal methods. This opposes the idea that straightened hair is damaged hair. If you like, the Japanese Hair Straightening can be reversed to obtain natural curls once more.


 Generally speaking, the system will last as it is a permanent answer to curly hair but you will require 1 or 2 touch ups from time to time. Long hair could take about 4 to 5 hours to be entirely completed. On the other hand short hair might only take about a couple hours. When people ask what the lowest age to have the treatment goes, it is usually agreed that children as young as 12 years old can safely be treated. Grey hair can also be nicely treated using the japanese hair straightening so I assume there is no upper age limit.


 Research indicates that a few people may be susceptible to side effects to the treatment, especially those with dermatitis on the scalp. Itchiness and welts are quite common in a few people, so if you have sensitive skin or any skin condition on your scalp, you should get medical advice prior to having treatment by the japanese hair straightening.


 Hair Relaxer:

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 By definition, a hair relaxer is a lotion or cream that makes the hair easier to straighten and manage. It reduces the curl by breaking down the hair strand and chemically altering the texture.  Most women who decide to get their hair relaxed have curls that are unmanageable and in need of taming. The results vary depending on your hair type, but usually a hair relaxer will leave your hair straight for about six to eight weeks. Unlike other permanent straightening methods, relaxing your hair will require touch-ups from time to time.  You can go to a professional stylist, or you can purchase a hair relaxing kit to be used at home.


 Hair Botox

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 Hair Botox is a revolutionary hair treatment that restores protein while straightening, smoothing and nurturing hair. Designed to provide women with beautiful and manageable hair, it uses its protein-rich formula to battle the over-processed chemicals that leave hair looking lifeless and dull.


 Starting at the root and all the way to the ends, it straightens each hair strand with its ultra-nourishing technology that restores the damaged cortex and hair cuticles. The results: healthier, smoother, softer and polished hair for up to 12 weeks.


 In the same way that Botox helps smooth out wrinkles on your face, Hair Botox takes the damaged strands and smooth’s out the surface of your locks — hence the Botox reference. The process starts with a clarifying shampoo, making sure your strands are extra-clean, with zero residue. The Hair Botox product is then applied to the hair, section by section, which should take approximately 45 minutes. Once the hair has absorbed all the protein and antioxidants, it is then washed with sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, and styled as desired.


 The promises are similar to the offerings of Keratin treatments: silky, smooth, frizz-free hair. Keratin treatments are still among the most-talked about and desired procedures in the hair care industry. Experience this professional, demi-permanent smoothing treatment that helps you simplify your daily styling routine by smoothing texture for up to two months. The Keratin treatment breakthrough formula delivers sleek, controllable hair that stays smooth all day, every day-with minimal styling effort.


 Both treatments create nourished, restored, and revived hair right from the very first use.




special Mother’s Day salon Miami

Without You

Mom, without you, there would be no me. Your love, your attention, your guidance, have made me who I am. Without you, I would be lost, wandering aimlessly, without direction or purpose. You showed me the way to serve, to accomplish, to persevere. Without you, there would be an empty space I could never fill, no matter how I tried. Instead, because of you, I have joy, contentment, satisfaction and peace. Thank you, mom. I have always loved you and I always will.

By Joanna Fuchs

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Miami salon Hair tips

Here are little tips to help you at home to maintain your hair in between your visit to your stylist:




1/     Bend over and brush your scalp and hair from back to front until the scalp tingles to help distribute the natural oils in your hair.



2/     Use no more than a quarter-size dollop of shampoo, and rub it between your palms first. Lather your hair for no more than 30 seconds



3/     Find a shampoo that is less sudsy. Sudsy does not necessarily mean clean. Shampoos that lather too much are often overloaded with moisturizing products, which can leave build-up in your hair.


Avant-Garde salon and spa recommend Kerastase.


4/    Dampen your hairbrush before brushing to cut down on static electricity. Avoid using a brush on wet hair because it creates hair breakage.



5/    After you have finished shampooing, rinse your hair with cool water to seal moisture in the hair.



6/     Wash before you use color. 
It is a myth that unwashed hair takes dye better than clean hair.



7/      Many volume-enhancing products are heat activated. Instead of merely coming or scrunching them in, aim warm air at your roots, activating the stylers and giving your hair the volume you desire.



8/     Towel-dry your hair thoroughly before using a hair dryer. This will save you time and avoid damaging your hair with unnecessary heat.



9/     Apply products 10-15 minutes before you style. Whether you are curling or straightening, apply the product at least 10 minutes in advance to ensure it is fully absorbed into your strands.





Feel free to contact us if you need any help or a hair salon to take care of you .

Avant-garde salon and spa 155 Miracle Mile 33134 Coral Gables .305-442-8136

Hair over-processed: Salon Miami, solutions and advice.


What is the first thing to do, with this kind of hair damage?


The first thing to do is to give a consultation to the client.

We need to know what kind of chemical she received, the history of the client is important for the direction that we will take.

We also need to know what her expectations are. In this case we have to be very clear with her … No chemical until the hair gets in a better condition.

Then we analyze and check the elasticity of the hair to make sure to choose the right reconstruction treatment and make the hair able to receive a color correction in a few months if it is the wish of the client .


Why does the hair have this aspect?


It is the perfect sample of

Chemically over processed hair, the keratinic chain has been broken, (that is the reason why the hair has no nerve and it looks dull because the cuticle stayed open after the last process impeding the light to reflect over the hair).


What do you suggest in this case?


First, the reconstruction of the hair.


How long do you think she will have to wait to see an improvement?


About 3 to 6 months and to make her realize, that there is no magic. The best thing to do, is to do as less as possible on her hair as give a nice haircut, treatments and be patient!


What kind of treatment?


Kerastase chronologist treatment every 2 / 3 weeks or the mask fiber Architect once a week.


Why not a treatment after each shampoo?


Because the chronologist treatment and the fibre architect mask are strong in protein and over feed the hair in proteins will break it .A regular conditioner for damage hair like ciment anti usure should be used in between the treatments .


What else?


Trim on a monthly basis.


If the client can’t wait and insist because of grow of grey hair, can you offer an alternative?


Inoa color can be an option, ammonia free,   grey coverage 100%, the oil contain in the color gives shine.

Inoa doesn’t damage nor dry the hair.


Will a keratin fix the hair?


No definitely not!

Keratin remove the frizz not the over process plus you need to flat iron the hair for the keratin treatment to work which is very bad for that kind of damage hair.


What about a Botox treatment?


Yes, can be an option it is vegetal proteins and can improve the hair .We will not finish the treatment with the flat iron but with a simple blow dry.


What about having highlights?


Absolutely not recommended, because the bleach used will make the hair thinner than they are already going until the breakage.


After recover what do you suggest ?


Not to go back to a circle … to have more chemical to fix the existing damage. In this case the client has very sensitive hair and she is limited in her options.

– highlight not more than every 2 or 3 months and just touch up the roots.

-Inoa color to avoid the dryness of the hair.

-No keratin.

-using good hair products at home

– avoid flat iron, curl iron and hair dryer, and keep them for the special occasion.

-Being delicate when she brushes her hair

– Hair cut every 3 months.

– do not use elastics to put your hair in a ponytail, they are breaking the hair; prefer the thicker one in velvet fabric.

– Do not play the stylist at home by doing your chemical by yourself to save money, it will cost you more after!

 If you are in this situation, please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to help your hair be beautiful again,

Avant Garde Salon and Spa

155 Miracle Mile

Coral Gables, Fl. 33134



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Traditional Braid at Avant Garde Miami.

The classic traditional braid technique.

1-Put a shine spray on your wet hair .suggest Elixir ultime from Kerastase.

2-Blow- dry your hair on low heat for your hair to look shiny and not oily.

3-Divide your hair into 3 equal sections.

4-Very important step: Pull the middle into a ponytail at the base of the neck and secure it with a clear elastic, then crisscross not too tie the left and right sections over the center before you start your braid.

5-Braid the hair straight down instead of crossing the sections over each other, cross them under one another. Put the right section under the center, the left section under that, and so on .Tie the end of the braid with another clear elastic.

Don`t hesitate to contact Avant-Garde and Spa and have a free consultation for your special event braids hair style ask for Elena ,Isaac, Irina , Vanessa our braids specialist .

Traditional braid

bridal braid hair style with flower

If your hair is straight and smooth , add some texturizing wax or spray to the length to prevent the braid from slipping out, suggest product :laque dentelle from Kerastase)

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Beauty tips : How to finger wave from Avant-garde salon and spa Miami


What You Need

curling iron

mousse or dry shampoo 

Avant-garde suggestion: powder bluff from Kerastase

hairspray shine spray or serum 

Avant-garde suggestion : glimmer shine spay from Moroccanoil

big curl iron

Finger Wave How-To

Part One: The Three-Step, Basic Pin-Curl Technique

This is the essential technique used to create pin curls, which will give you a full head of finger waves. Learn this core set of steps, and then continue to part two to set your whole ‘do.

1: Grab a 1-inch section of hair and spray lightly with hairspray.


2: Wrap the strand around your curling iron starting from the root all the way to the tip. Hold for about 7 seconds (a little longer for coarse hair, a little shorter for finer hair).


3: Release hair from the curling iron. Starting from the tip, wrap the strand around two fingers until the curl is near the scalp. Secure with a clip or pin. Place the clip at the base of the curl, right against the scalp, rather than on the outer edge of the pin curl. This helps prevent creases where you don’t want them. Leave pin curls to set.

once you’ve mastered this set of moves, you have all the technique necessary to make the best finger wave ‘do! Now let’s get started!

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Part Two: Sectioning and Setting the Full Head

1: Start with dry hair. If your hair is fine, prep with dry shampoo or mousse, especially around the roots.


2: Section hair horizontally, starting at the bottom and working your way to the top and moving from back to front. How many sections you ultimately use depends on the thickness of the hair. Leave one semi-circular section at the crown of the head—you can clip it out of the way until later.


3: Starting with the bottom section, take a strand of hair and curl using the techniques above (spray, curl, pin). Work across the head until all the hair in that section is in curls. Once complete, move to the next section of hair, working your way across, creating curls as you go. Move toward the front of the head until all hair is pinned. For the pieces that frame the face, wrap hair outward, away from the face when curling.


4: Once you reach the top section that you clipped out of the way earlier, divide horizontally into pieces that are roughly 1-inch thick. Pin-curl each piece from front to back, to help create volume at the crown. Continue until you’ve curled and clipped the entire section.


5: Once all of your hair is up in pin curls, hit the entire head with hairspray.


6: Then, starting at the back of the head, take curls down section by section. At this point, you can apply a few dabs of shine spray or serum to add polish. As you work, rake through curls lightly with your fingers, spritz with hairspray, and go over gently with a flat paddle brush. For volume, back-comb each section at the roots.


7: When all of your hair is out, back-comb the crown, and finish with a final pass of hairspray.



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