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Hair Extension in Coral Gables

These days, women are less adverse when considering hair extensions because:

  1. The quality of hair extensions is fast improving.
  2. The techniques for applying extensions are more effective today.
  3. Stylists are better trained and have a good amount of experience under their belts by now.

The actual hair used in the extensions can vary dramatically. Hair can be low quality which gives you and/or your stylist less maneuverability when it comes to creating the look you might be looking for. Also, poor quality extensions are visible to others – and we all know how terrible exposed extensions can look.

This brings us to the techniques of applying hair extensions. There are extensions that are removable and those that are applied on a more permanent level. Extensions should be adjusted after 2 months since your hair will grow which could possible expose the extension. Our stylists have plenty of experience applying hair extensions so they are invisible and integrate perfectly with your natural hair.

Here is a brief video of extensions being applied in our hair salon.  We offer a before and after because we not only apply the extensions but we cut and style them as well.

One important factor when it comes to considering hair extensions is obviously the skill level of the person applying the extensions but a close second is cost. Certainly, cost is important, however, we strive to educate people that when it comes to something like hair extensions, that are on one of the pre-dominant features of your body – your head, you should look at more than just the amount charged. Here’s why…

  1. There is a skill involved in applying hair extensions properly and a stylist will have invested time in becoming good at it. It may cost more somewhere else but you’re likely to find that you’ll be happier with the result if your extensions look natural and blend into your hair properly.
  2. Make sure to ask anyone you’re considering using about the quality of hair in the extensions they will be using.
  3. Make sure that the person applying the extensions is also a quality stylist. Too often we have seen people come into the salon needing help with their extensions because they were applied incorrectly or they visibly didn’t look natural.
  4. We don’t proclaim to be the cheapest salon in town when it comes to hair extensions but we can tell you this, you’ll love how your new hair will look when you leave our salon.

Hair extensions are really fun because they let you change your appearance temporarily or you can achieve that look you’re waiting for now by getting your hair to the length you’re looking for until your natural hair growth catches up.

Give our salon a call and ask for more information about our hair extensions or feel free to stop in for a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced stylists.

We’re located at 155 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. Our zip code is 33134 and our telephone number is (305) 442-8136. Here’s a brief video about Avant-Garde Salon and Spa if you’ve never been here before.


Bridal Hair Services in Coral Gables

If you’re planning your wedding day, a major part of that day is your appearance. We often ask people, when you look at your wedding pictures five years from now, how do you want to see yourself?

At Avant-Garde Salon and Spa, we offer brides and their wedding parties an opportunity to relax and look gorgeous for your big day. Here’s what we offer to future Brides. During your wedding day, you and your party arrive at the salon where our team will be waiting for you. Since we understand that this can be a stressful day for you, we make every aspect of your visit with us as thoroughly stress-free as possible. We’ll get you and bridesmaids looking spectacular as quickly as possible so you can be on your way to the ceremony in a timely fashion because we know you’re the center of attention on that day and you’re probably expected to be in several places at one time.

We’ve held countless bridal spa parties so we’re pretty knowledgeable about what needs to get done and how fast things need to happen. We encourage you to consider our salon for your bridal beauty needs because we offer so many services for you and others in your bridal party. Here are just a few of the bridal beauty services we offer and a short video for each:

  1. Bridal Updos
  2. Hair Extensions
  3. Makeup for brides
  4. Spa Manicure
  5. Spa Pedicure

Our salon is located in the heart of Coral Gables on Miracle Mile. We invite you to stop in for a complimentary consultation with our Wedding Co-ordinator, Christine Painparay, to discuss your wedding plans in terms of your appearance.

Often times, brides will use their friends or someone they know to help them get ready for their big day, however, since your wedding day is one of those moments that should last forever, we are of the opinion that a small investment in enhancing your appearance will make a massive difference five years from now when you look back at your wedding photos and see how beautiful you were on that special day.

We also offer cosmetic enhancements such as Botox, dermal fillers and skin tightening but we suggest you plan in advance if you’re considering these enhancements so the effects are maximized prior to your wedding.

Our address is:

155 Miracle Mile

Coral Gables, Florida 33134

(305) 442-8136


We look forward to being able to provide all your beauty needs on your wedding day.


Hair Color Correction in Coral Gables

in this case this lady had an ombre done by a friend of her in her house
in this case this lady had an ombre done by a friend of her in her house


They try to conserve money.

  1. They don’t have time to get to the salon.
  2. They have a friend who can ‘do it’ for them.
  3. They did their own color at home
  4. They went to another salon where the didn`t have stylist color experience

Coloring hair is a complicated process since a stylist needs to know the chemical and color charts and be familiar with the different level of peroxides needed for different hair types. Processing time is also something that has to be monitored closely.

Here’s the good news…bad hair color can be fixed; however, there are some things you’d need to know and prepare for:

  1. You’ll need to find an experienced stylist that specializes in color correction. Why? Because not every stylist or colorist can repair a bad color job. A stylist must prepare for this process and they really do need to know their color and chemical charts.
  2. Fixing color is not a one-time process. Therefore, as a client, you should be prepared for a few visits to correct your hair color and keep your hair looking healthy. This also means that you need to be prepared to make a financial commitment to repair your appearance as you’ll be paying for the colorist’s knowledge and expertise.
  3. Get over the embarrassment of coming in and asking someone to fix your hair. We’ve come across lots of customers who said they were too embarrassed to come to a salon to fix their color so they thought they would keep trying on their own. Once they took the initiative to get their color fixed, they were thrilled at how they looked when the process was done and vowed to never let an inexperienced colorist touch their hair again.
  4. You need to be comfortable and willing to try different suggestions because your hair will react differently through the color correction process. Your color might not be able to be corrected during your first visit, so you’ll need to be patient during the process. Often times there has been such a bad build-up of color and the hair is fried or damaged as a result of poor color processing so deep –conditioning treatments might be necessary as well.

Because hair color is often considered and art, you’ll need to find a good salon and stylist and stick with that person through the color correction process.

Why? Because you need someone who will be honest with you and experienced enough to take you through the color correction process. For example, there are different levels of peroxide used in color correction and your stylist needs to know what to do to keep your hair from getting any further damaged during the correction process and how to remove all the different tones that might be in your hair. You’ll need to find a salon that carries a quality hair color – this author uses and recommends Goldwell for hair color in general – especially when fixing someone’s hair color.

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In this picture, we are illustrating a color correction by Elena. If you are interested in correcting your color or changing your color, please consider using our professionals here at Avant-Garde Hair Salon in Coral Gables


As a colorist and stylist for several local television personalities and with lots of experience correcting hair color, I find it very satisfying and rewarding to correct someone’s hair color. Transforming someone’s appearance and giving them that feeling of confidence is extremely rewarding for me.

If you aren’t completely satisfied with your hair color and are looking for a knowledgeable stylist or colorist, I encourage you to give me a call and schedule a consultation where I can look at your hair and determine the best way to start the color correction process. If you’re willing to put your hair in my hands, I can assure you we’ll fix your color and we’ll get you that look you were trying to achieve. It might take a little time and a few visits, but the final result will be worth it.

Remember, coloring your own hair might be inexpensive but when you need to fix it, it can get pretty costly as you’ll need to invest additional time and money. So, we recommend that if you’ve never colored your hair, that you start out properly and start with a professional who has lots of experience with hair color and chemicals.

The information for this article was provided by Elena De Vera who is a master colorist has been a part of the Avant-Garde team for 23 years. If you’re interested in a color consultation with her, please call us at (305) 442-8136.

in this case this lady would like to remove the yellow , orange that yopu can see in this pictures
in this case this lady would like to remove the yellow , orange that yopu can see in this pictures


after the color correction you can see on ombre and the purple is totally gone

in the case this young lady did her hair in another salon ,she would like to remove the purple and have an ombe
in the case this young lady did her hair in another salon ,she would like to remove the purple and have an ombre


after the color correction you can see on ombre and the purple is totally gone


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A Great Hair Salon in Coral Gables

If you are searching for a hair salon in Coral Gables on Google, you’re likely to find several results for that search phrase. However, we want to take a moment and explain why we feel Avant-Garde Salon and Spa should be your only choice if you’re looking to try a new salon and you live in Miami, Brickell, Coral Gables or Coconut Grove.

Avant-Garde has been a part of the Coral Gables community for over thirty (30) years. Many of our talented stylists have been with us for several years and have grown their experience and skills by attending classes and industry hair shows on a regular basis. Local news anchors entrust us with styling their hair for their television appearances and our hair salon has been asked to sponsor many events in the Coral Gables community.

These are some of the stylists that work at Avant-Garde. They are a talented bunch.

So why Avant-Garde? We are one of two exclusive salons in Miami that carry the Carita product line. Carita is a high-end French product that is used for facials and pedicures. Our talented staff has been trained and certified in the proper application of Carita products. The only other salon authorized to carry the Carita line is the Ritz-Carlton Miami.

Another reason why you should choose us as your hair salon in Coral Gables is that our highly trained and professional staff can assist you with many different services, such as:

  • Color – Ombre hair color technique, French Balayage, highlight, lowlights
  • Hair extensions
  • Feather extensions
  • Makeup application
  • Bridal Updos
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body massage

At Avant-Garde, we believe that everyone should look forward to their hair salon appointment and expect to have a good time while they are here. We work hard to give our customers a friendly, fun and professional environment. We’ll also show you ways to maintain your hair in-between visits by advising you how to keep your style intact longer with in-salon and at home treatments.

We carry great hair product lines for both women and men. We stock brands such as Kerastase, L’Oreal, MoroccanOil, Carita and the Renan product line.

There are other hair salons in Coral Gables, no doubt, however, Avant-Garde is a special place where our customers are more than just customers. You become a friend that we look forward to having a long-term relationship with. We know how important your hair is to your appearance and how important your appearance is to the impression you’ll make on people, so we take our responsibility to your beauty very seriously.

We hope you’ll consider Avant-Garde Salon and Spa should you be looking to try something new. Here is a video to familiarize and introduce you to our hair salon in Coral Gables.

Balayage Highlights in a Local Coral Gables Salon

We are a salon located in Coral Gables on Miracle Mile called Avant-Garde. We’ve been in Coral Gables over thirty (30) years and we wanted to share a hair coloring technique called Balayage with you. Hair color at Avant-Garde is about giving you that specific look you’re looking for and we realized that not too many people were familiar with Balayage or had never even heard of it. So, the purpose of this blog post is to give you the information you need so you can decide if you’re interested in giving this technique a try.

Balayage is a French term that means “sweeping” or “to sweep.” It is named after the way in which the color is applied to the hair. It is actually swept on or painted on by hand leaving a more natural looking highlight or lowlight. The technique was developed as a new way to add variation to hair color with a more natural appearance and a more subtle grow out. The color can also be applied for a more bold variation depending on the client’s willingness.

People also refer to this technique of middle-range highlights as ‘free-hand’, which means these are done by hand and without aluminum foils. Basically the stylist saturates the very tips, more than the middle of the strand so it mimics those sun-kissed highlights they are trying to achieve. This way, the hair looks as though you just spent the summer at the beach and ends up giving a very natural look.

We have performed this technique on several clients and we’d like to share some images on our Facebook so if you’re considering something new for your hair with color, perhaps you might be interested in giving Balayage a try with one of our capable colorists.


Choosing the right hair salon in Coral Gables

The topic of today’s blog is to help people make the right decision when they are choosing a new hair salon. Since we are located in Coral Gables, we’ll focus our attention on those of you living near Brickell, Coconut Grove and Coral Gables.

Obviously, there are many choices to consider but we wanted to share with you why Avant-Garde Salon and Spa is the right choice for you. Here’s a short-list of some really good reasons to consider our salon next time you need a switch. Here’s an introductory video to Avant-Garde that’ll show you a little about us!

1. We’ve been servicing Coral Gables, Miami and surrounding neighborhoods for over 30 years.

2. We have some amazing Stylists that have more than ample training in hair color and styling.We also retail only quality hair and skin products, so if you are looking for quality products, we’re very well stocked.

3. Beauty is our passion, however, we understand that the customer experience matters most to you. We make every attempt to provide you with the most welcoming experience in our salon.

4. We are a full service salon. That means we can take care of your hair, nails, skin and body. We offer Laser Hair Removal and Permanent Makeup application. Whatever your beauty needs might be, we’re confident we have you covered!

5. We are conveniently located in the heart of Coral Gables on Miracle Mile, so after you visit the salon, there are so many other things you can do as well!

We know that choosing a new Stylist or salon is a big decision and we want you to know that we understand that. We encourage you to visit us, look around and feel the energy in the salon. We’re sure once you try us, you’ll be glad you did!

If you’re a first-timer, visit us on Wednesdays or Thursdays and you’ll get 20% any service.

We’re located at 155 Miracle Mile and you can call (305) 442-8136 to schedule an appointment.