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What is the Microdermabrasion ?

New services in Avant-Garde Salon&spa !!

the Microdermabrasion


You may have heard the term “microdermabrasion” used in your favorite salon or spa

                                                                                 in Miami

but have wondered what it really is, and what it does for your skin. The following is an

explanation of the procedure and a list of the benefits microdermabrasion has to offer.


Microdermabrasion facial



The term “micro” refers to the tiny crystallized diamond compound that is used during

the procedure. These diamond crystals are moved across the surface of the skin to

gently exfoliate, or remove, dead skin cells, pigmentation or dark spots, blackheads,

whiteheads, and other skin debris. When this top layer of skin is removed, the debris is

vacuumed away, leaving fresh, clean, new skin behind. This process stimulates blood

flow to the skin’s surface, as well as stimulates the skin’s natural collagen production.

For the first time in Avant-Garde Salon and spa , Elisabeth our facialist will perform a

speciality , the Microdermabrasion skin treatment , we are located 155 Miracle Mile in

the heart of Coral Gables , Miami .


Feel free to contact Elisabeth for a complementary skin diagnostic.

Elisabeth will be happy to answer all your questions and to determine with you the

                                                          process to restaure your skin .



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.




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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Salon Miami, Hair botox, smoothing treatment.

   Just as your skin ages, so too does your hair — getting thinner, limper, and more unruly with time. We find in salon treatment to help you . HairBotox takes the damaged strands and smooths out the surface of your locks.

Super popular in Hollywood and all around the latest Hair Botox treatment. The purpose of Hair Botox is to smooth out your hair to make it as easy as possible to manage on your own, adds shine, removes frizz, and helps out with split ends to make your hair healthier. It lasts about 10 weeks with proper care. It is a 3 step process treatment:  


  1. We wash hair with Hair Botox clarifying shampoo to deeply cleanse the hair pores.
  2. Then, apply the treatment and let process for from 30 minutes to 1:30 mn
  3. Lastly, Heat dry and flat iron or just blow dry to smooth out hair and seal in treatment.


It is very similar to the keratin treatment instead it is completely free of harsh chemicals like formaldehydesand . The hair botox will leave your hair silky,smooth and frizz free —The hair Botox is eco-friendly, meaning, no scary gas mask required. Works on any type of hair and it is a guaranteed success. Check out our video demonstrating this amazing treatment. Feel free to contact us 305-442-8136 for any question or to book your appointment. Avant-Garde salon and spa 155 Miracle mile ,Miami

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