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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.

 

Laser Hair Removal in Coral Gables

We offer laser hair removal services in our Coral Gables hair salon where we feature the Gentle YAG Candela Laser. This is one of the fastest most powerful lasers on the market today.

GentleYAG laser hair removal can be used for any area of the skin which has unwanted hair, including the face, neck, chest, back, bikini area, underarms, arms and legs.

This laser procedure may be used on women and men, and from teenagers to seniors. Any skin type may be treated including Asian and African American skin types. The hair must be pigmented, either brown or black. Because the laser targets pigment, blonde and gray hairs cannot be removed with the GentleYAG.

Below is one of our luxurious and clean spa rooms where we perform laser hair removal procedures.

 

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Laser Hair Removal Treatment Room at Avant-Garde Salon and Spa

 

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The GentleYAG Laser is a powerful and versatile machine to use for unwanted hair and works on several different skin types.

Why did we choose GentleYAG for our Coral Gables Hair Salon?

·         Because it’s powerful

26,333 watts of peak power and capable of delivering fluences up to 600 J/cm2 for vascular applications, and hair removal energies in pulse durations as short as 3ms for unparalleled treatment efficacies, especially finer hairs.

·         Because it’s versatile

Non-ablative treatment, including fine lines and wrinkles, and for pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB), or beard bumps, leg and facial spider veins.

·         Because it treats all skin types

Deep penetration with minimal scattering of laser energy makes the GentleYAG ideal for all skin types, especially dark and tanned skin.

Does laser hair removal hurt? When the laser is applied to the skin, customers feel some stinging, similar in sensation to a little pinch on your skin. We apply an anesthetic cream to the area being treated for 30 minutes prior to the procedure. This ensures your comfort during the treatment.

After the customer has had the topical anesthetic cream on for 30 minutes, a cool gel is applied to the area being treated. Dark glasses are worn to protect the customer’s eyes from the light. With the customer in a comfortable, relaxed position, the GentleYAG hand piece is applied to the skin.

How long does it take? The length of the treatment varies, from fifteen minutes to an hour or more, depending on which area is being treated.

In general, customers have two to six treatments, approximately every four to six weeks. Customers with darker skin types may require more treatments.

What will my skin look like afterwards? The appearance of the skin after using the GentleYAG Laser varies from customer to customer, depending on their skin type and area treated. Most customers report experiencing redness and some swelling of the treated area with mild discomfort similar to the sensation of a light sunburn. This may last from an hour to a day. Hair from the treated area may shed. You should be able to return to your usual activities right away.

Cold compresses applied to the treated area help to reduce redness, swelling and discomfort. Customers may shave carefully as soon as the day after their treatment. Customers notice that treated hairs will shed during the week or two following treatment. Gradually, it becomes apparent that some hairs are not re-growing while others are finer.

It is important to protect all your skin from the sun using a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day as well as sun protective clothing.

The GentleYAG Laser causes significant hair reduction in the areas treated. After two to six treatments, most customers are satisfied with the results. These effects are permanent, although a touch up may be required from time to time. In some people, complete hair removal may not be attained.

If you’d like to schedule a laser hair removal appointment, please call our salon at (305) 442-8136 and we’d be happy to give you any additional information you might need. We are located at 155 Miracle Mile in the heart of Coral Gables.

 

The Best Pedicure in Coral Gables, Brickell and Coconut Grove

Taking good care of your feet and toe nails is important for women in a climate like Miami where sandals and open toe heels can be worn all year long. Therefore, finding a salon that has good spa and nail care services is essential. So, if you’re searching for a salon that can take care of all your beauty needs, especially your nails, then you’re closer than you think to finding that placeAvant-Garde Salon and Spa in Coral Gables!!

If you’re new to Miami, Coral Gables, Brickell or Coconut Grove and are looking for a good place to get a pedicure or manicure – first, Welcome! – and secondly, we recommend you stop into our salon and give our very experienced nail technicians a try. They all have many years of experience in the art form and care of nails and we’re certain you’ll love your pedicure once they’re done.

Visit us on Facebook by clicking here Official Avant-Garde Salon and Spa Facebook page.

Here are some links to their bios if you want to learn some more about them:

Lionela – http://www.avantgardesalonandspa.com/lionela_ag_staff.html

Rosa – http://www.avantgardesalonandspa.com/staff_ag/rosa1

Nery – http://www.avantgardesalonandspa.com/nery_ag_staff.html

Evelyn – http://www.avantgardesalonandspa.com/evelyn_ag_staff.html

Matilda – http://www.avantgardesalonandspa.com/matilda_ag_staff.html


Here are some images of our pedicure stations in the spa area of our beauty salon. Each pedicure station provides a back massage while you’re getting your feet done.

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Here is one of our luxurious pedicure stations in Avant-Garde Salon and Spa

 

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This is Matilda performing one of her fabulous pedicures on a client.

We encourage you to stop in, put your feet up and relax while we do the rest. The pedicure stations are set in their own room so the commotion of the salon doesn’t interrupt your relaxation time. You can relax and sip a glass of complimentary wine while our nail techs beautify your feet.

Trying to convince you that we offer the best pedicure in town is something that can only be done in person, however, we’ve included some video clips that might help persuade you to visit our salon and give our nail techs a try. Here’s a video clip of our spa pedicure on our Official Avant-Garde YouTube Channel. Here is a quick look at our spa manicure in case you’re also interested.

Our salon is located at 155 Miracle Mile in downtown Coral Gables. If you’d like to make an appointment to visit with one of our nail techs, call us at (305) 442-8136.

 

 

Getting the Best Manicure in Coral Gables

There are plenty of options, in terms of salons, for you to choose from if you’re in need of a manicure. These days however, people are price conscience and generally will go to a salon that offers the lowest price for nail care.

Our manicures are competitively priced but what differentiates Avant-Garde Salon and Spa from other salons is the quality of our Nail Technicians. Many of them have many years of experience and take their profession very seriously. So here are three (3) good reasons why you should choose Avant-Garde if you’re looking for a manicure in Coral Gables, Brickell or Coconut Grove:

1. We have Nail Technicians who have years of experience doing manicures and pedicures. Here are bios of a few Spa Team members at our beauty salon.
http://www.avantgardesalonandspa.com/evelyn_ag_staff.html

http://www.avantgardesalonandspa.com/matilda_ag_staff.html

http://www.avantgardesalonandspa.com/staff_ag/rosa1

http://www.avantgardesalonandspa.com/nery_ag_staff.html

2. Our services are competitively priced, however, we don’t claim to be the most inexpensive beauty salon in town, we claim to be the best at what we do and our customers understand the overall value of getting beauty services done in our salon. Here’s a menu of the beauty services we offer in our salon.

http://www.avantgardesalonandspa.com/prices

3. Our spa area has been renovated with a classy, elegant yet slightly edgy look. Click the video below to see our spa area and our nail technicians in action.

http://www.youtube.com/user/AvantGardeMiami?feature=mhee#p/u/25/NjOgCEqVLuY

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This is one of our luxurious nail stations in our beauty salon at Avant-Garde
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We have amazing nail stations for you to relax and get one of the best manicures or pedicures Coral Gables has to offer.

 

We understand that sometimes you’re in a hurry and can’t spend all hours at the beauty salon getting your nails done, so if you’re in a rush – our nail technicians can adapt to your schedule yet still maintain a high quality manicure. Our salon team takes their various specialties very seriously because they know their work is a reflection on them. If you love how your nails look, you’re more likely to return again for another manicure, however, if you’re not happy with your nails, then we wouldn’t expect you to comeback. Therefore, it’s imperative that all of our spa customers are thrilled with the appearance of their hands.

We do offer promotions in our beauty salon that include manicures. For example, take a look at this standing promotion we offer new customers when you get your hair done at Avant-Garde.

Manicure Promotion at Avant-Garde Salon and Spa in Coral Gables

In summary, we understand that many women and men are looking to save money when it comes to getting a manicure; however, we are of the belief that good quality nail care is value in and of itself. With our extremely talented group of nail technicians, we’re certain you’ll notice the difference between a manicure at Avant-Garde Salon and Spa.

Ombre Hair Color Technique at Avant-Garde Salon and Spa

Ombre hair is that half brown, half blonde look where the tips of your hair look ‘dipped’. The style is sexy in an edgy way. Ombre is a French word that literally means shaded and it is a hot trend in hair color this year.

We think it’s important to share with people considering Ombre is that it is not something you want to try at home. This is a coloring technique has to be done properly or else you’ll end up looking like you have over-grown roots. The difference with over-grown roots is that over-grown roots typically look like two colors that don’t match with a distinct borderline. When our colorists do Ombre at Avant-Garde Hair Salon, it is obvious that the effect was intended.

Most people ask to see samples of a salon and Colorists work, so we’re pleased to share this video by clicking the link below to be taken to our Official Avant-Garde YouTube Channel and watch our team perform Ombre on the girl below.

Official YouTube Channel for Avant-Garde Hair Salon in Coral Gables – Featuring Ombre Hair Color

In the video, you noticed that this customer had the same dark hair when they started on her. Look how amazing her hair looks now.

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Ombre color done at Avant-Garde Salon and Spa. Notice the dramatic color contrast between her roots and her ends, but because the transition is gradual (this is really key), it’s not a harsh look.
Ombre from all sides!
Completed ombre on blonde hair.
Another example of a beautiful ombre color.

 

The Ombre is meant to be a gradual fade of color that should be feathery and subtle. There should be no in-between. The colors must be chosen wisely so it’s definitely a smart move to have a professional Colorist do this for you. The colors chosen must complement and fade into each other.

So why should you give the Ombre technique a try?

  • It’s a low-maintenance hair color technique.

Ombre is a fairly easy hair color look to keep up. For the least maintenance, go as close to your natural hair color as possible near your roots, then gradually go lighter down the hair shaft.

  • Use it as anti-aging hair color trick.

Ombre is actually a way to imitate the hair color of your childhood. Remember when you’d get so much sun in the summer that your hair would naturally lighten? Ombre hair color gives off that youthful look.

  • It is an easy way to grow out your roots.

The whole purpose of the effect is to make it look like you’re growing out your roots on purpose.

  • Ombre is a sexy and edgy trend.

This can be a fresh and unique look for you. It’s casual and looks like you’ve been at the beach all summer. When done right, it’s an extremely flattering way to “go lighter.” If you’re thinking about going blonde but feared that it wouldn’t work with your complexion, Ombre hair color is a nice compromise.

Here are some celebrities that have had Ombre done to their hair.

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Notice the gradual ‘fade’ so her roots don’t show that borderline. It gives that natural look to her hair.
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Notice the hair color tones used match her complexion perfectly. That is why it is so important to use a professional Colorist and not to try this at home by yourself.
See how her color looks like she’s been at the beach and the color fade looks completely natural.

If you’re interesting in giving Ombre a try, or would like to come visit our salon for a consultation, please feel free to stop by, we are located at 155 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, or you can call us at (305) 442-8136.

We look forward to making you look even more beautiful than you already are!!

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.

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.