Extend the Lash Love with Eyelash Extensions in South Beach

Extend the Lash Love with Eyelash Extensions in South Beach

Are You in Miami Beach asking “Where Are the Best Eyelash Extensions Near Me?”

Where does Miami Beach go for all things related to eyelashes? There’s only one place according to South Beach locals and that is McAllister Spa, located in an historic home on Alton Rd. Lash maintenance can take many forms – from lash tints & eyelash lifts to natural lash extensions & dramatic volume sets. Whether you are looking to subtlety enhance your lashes or add to them, there’s just only one place in SoBe to go and there is one lash technician that stands out from all the rest in Miami – Nafsika Karavisili!

Today’s post focuses on flawless lash extensions. There are many different looks that can be achieved through lash extensions, and the decision starts with WHO you choose to maintain your lashes. Nafsika hails from Greece, has been trained the world over in all things skincare and is a professionally licensed full specialist in Miami Beach. Her lash training was intensive and she practiced for hundreds of hours before she ever touched her first client. Thousands of happy lash clients later, Nafsika is truly a master at her art. She listens to each client, discusses the look that inspires them, has an honest conversation about the budget of maintaining flawless & perfect eyelashes and gets to work.

Natural Lash Extensions

Once you settle in with Nafsika, it’s time to figure out the look perfect for your schedule and budget. She categorizes lashes into one of three general categories – natural fill, mixed volume & volume sets. Natural fills blend in and fill between your natural lashes, giving a more evenly distributed lash look that enhances your natural beauty. This look takes a couple of hours to achieve during the very first visit and then a commitment to return every 14-21 days to our South Beach historic spa to fill in whatever eyelashes are naturally shed. These lashes will cause all of your friends to say “I wish I had perfect lashes like you…” so shh…don’t worry we won’t ever say anything if you won’t (…but if you do, know that referral of lash clients are rewarded! =)

Mixed Volume Eyelash Extensions

Mixed volume lash sets are for those clients in Miami Beach that want to add a little something extra to their lash look. Mixed volume adds some density to your natural eyelashes while concurrently increasing the length of your lash line. This look takes about 3 hours the first visit to complete and then a lash refill visit every 14 days or so is ideal to keep up with the look achieved with a mixed volume set of beautiful eyelashes.

3D Volume Lash Extensions

Last but definitely most are 3D volume lash extensions – this show-stopping service will make your lashes stand out! Volume lashes in Miami Beach add a tremendous amount of density to your natural eyelashes and extend the length of your natural lash line dramatically. This service takes 4 or more hours to complete but the result is definitely worth the wait. Everyone will notice your luxe lashes and you’ll be addicted to the compliments!

South Beach’s Best Lashes at Miami Beach’s Favorite Salon

There’s no better place in South Beach to get eyelash extensions than McAllister Spa and there’s not better lash extension technician in Miami than our resident expert, Nafsika. Stop in for a free consultation if you’re new to the idea of lashes or book an appointment if you’re ready to go! We are open 7 days, but Nafsika’s incredible extensions work is in demand, so book early and pre-book your next appointment every time.

Fall in Love with Autumn-Inspired Manicures at McAllister Spa

Fall in Love with Autumn-Inspired Manicures at McAllister Spa

Well October is here, the fall season has arrived, and Miami Beach has thankfully re-opened (kind of) for business. Some Zoom meetings are already being replaced with socially distanced South Beach chats. So now that you’ll be within 6 feet of others for the first time in a while, let’s take a look at your manicure and assess the situation. Are your hands ready for humanity? If you are way overdue for a manicure, take a look at the perfection that is Marnie’s manicures at McAllister Spa.

Marnie is one of Miami Beach’s most popular manicurists. Her manicures are nothing short of works of art. So once you’ve made the decision to get a mani with Marnie, this will prove to be the first amazing decision of many more to make. The next pondering is what day should you visit? McAllister Spa is open every day except Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day and Marnie happens to work here – one of the elusive few South Beach nail salons that are open Sundays! To book an appointment, you can call us anytime or text us at 305-604-0550. Appointments for nails with Marnie are always a good idea as walk-in appointments with her are next to impossible. 

Now the next big decision, what sort of manicure is right for you? Our classic manicure & pedicure option is a good starting point. This manicure using regular polish and includes a salt scrub from Mas Skinfood – made just for you by Marnie using fractionated coconut oil and Oregon Tilth-certified essential oils.  This is the ideal nail option for those that are looking for a weekly appointment to keep your hands & feet looking perfect. 

If you need something that is a bit more durable, the tried and true option of a gel polish manicure is where Marnie does some of her best work. Gel polish manicures – using OPI Gel or Gelish! – last for weeks. So if you are going to back to work in the hospitality or bar industry here in South Beach, this the definitely the best choice for you. This nail service is perfect for a visit with Marnie every other week at McAllister Spa

We’ve left Marnie’s best and definitely most popular mani service for last in this little discussion. Marnie excels at powder-dip nails. Her work is pure perfection! McAllister Spa uses OPI powder dip products and SNS acrylic powder dip. These powder-powered manicures are incredibly indestructible. We’ve even seen a few outlast quarantine and return 2 months later for removal and replacement! These powder dip products include naturally-derived ingredients and have actually been proven safe for your nails over time. Marnie’s favorite benefit to your nails is, unlike traditional acrylic nail enhancements, powder dip manicures are completely removed each time and replaced. It gives your natural nails a momentary opportunity to breath and a second for you to assess your nail health to ensure there’s no problems quietly lurking underneath with your natural nails.

The last thing to consider since you’re probably WAY overdue for a manicure is a post-pandemic pedi. If your hands have been feeling neglected these past few months, we’re sure your feet could use at least as much attention! And according to Marnie, you have to decide between two pedicures – the classic pedicure or the Gelish! pedi option. The classic pedicure includes the same infamous Mas Skinfood scrub and your choice of regular nail polishes from the likes of Essie and OPI. The highlight of this pedicure may be the perfect polish by Marnie, but what will keep you coming back again and again is the short massage included of your feet and calves. If you are looking for a pedicure that can take worst that South Beach sand can throw at you, you have to upgrade the pedi experience to our Gelish! option. Gel polish nails are pretty durable and brilliantly colored. And as we head into the autumn months and holiday season, the reason to celebrate will multiply and the number of open-toe shoe events will rapidly increase!

Whatever you’ve been through so far in 2020, with any luck, this coronavirus will begin to fade into Miami Beach’s rear-view mirror as we approach Thanksgiving & the holiday season. And Marnie is here for you at McAllister’s nail salon…take a moment to text or call us to book you ASAP.

Best Spa in South Beach is Open!

Best Spa in South Beach is Open!

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As we all know, our world is going through a crisis right now. COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, has impacted every aspect of our lives. Many businesses have been forced to close their doors until everything settles down, and our hair salon in Miami Beach is no exception.

At our McAllister Spa, our clients and employees deserve nothing but the best. For your safety and for ours, our business has been stalled during these uncertain times and we know this has been difficult for all of us. We thank you for being understanding about this situation.

Reopening in May

In South Beach, we are hoping to open businesses back up some time in May. With nothing being too certain right now, everyone must take this one day at a time and can’t plan too far ahead. We understand how frustrating this must be, but it’s in everyone’s best interest.

However, we know you must be anxious to get back in our salons! Most of us, if not all, are ready for all of this to be behind us and for life to get back to normal. For some of you, that means getting your hair done again, your roots retouched, nails, brows, lashes, pretty much just a whole makeover.

Safety Precautions

When Miami Beach opens again, you can’t just rush back into your old life, no matter how badly you want to. Certain safety protocols must be followed, for everyone’s safety! The longer we maintain these safety protocols, the quicker we can go back to normal. If they aren’t followed, we will find ourselves right back in the same situation or worse!

Wearing Masks

After businesses open again, it is still imperative that everyone wears a form of covering over their nose and mouth when outside of their home. These coverings can be any type of cloth covering, such as homemade masks, scarves, bandanas or handkerchiefs. However, these do not fully protect you, so it is important to still social distance yourself from anyone else that may be outside as well.

Washing Hands

The best way you can help the world right now is by staying home and following safety precautions. This means washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after you come home. If you’re out, you can use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, though it must have at least 60% alcohol. Despite your frequent hand washing, you should still avoid touching your face, more specifically your mouth, nose and eyes.

Disinfect Surroundings

Aside from washing your hands often, it’s necessary to clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces with a cleaning spray or wipe. Some examples include your phone, doorknobs, light switches, counters, dining tables, laptops, etc. If you touch it various times on a daily basis, it needs to be cleaned.

Avoid Sick People

If you know anyone that is sick, avoid any contact with them. If it’s not possible, maintain your distance and wash your hands after interacting. If you are the one who is sick, use tissues to cover your cough or sneeze and throw them away afterwards.

If you have any symptoms at all, stay away from others. A fever, cough or just feeling under the weather? Stay home and ride out the sickness. If your symptoms progress to a severe state, then go to a hospital. Until that point, you should not go outside nor have any contact with anyone.

Cautious Traveling

Travelling anywhere is not recommended, whether it’s nationally or internationally. Staying home is your safest bet to beating this pandemic, as well as only going out to restock on groceries. Anyone arriving in Miami due to essential travel must quarantine in their homes for a period of 14 days after they have arrived in the state. This will prevent any further spreading within Miami.

Any violation of these orders can be punishable by imprisonment or a fine, so it’s best to just follow the orders to avoid further spreading of this virus. We are all responsible for keeping ourselves and everyone around us safe.

Our McAllister stylists thank you for hanging in there. We can’t wait to get back to work and see all of your faces again. Until then, stay home and stay safe!

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What’s Next for Your Nails, Miami Beach peeps!

Nails are the perfect canvas for self-expression. They can feel like the perfect finishing touch to an outfit, a simple way to extend your personal style without going overboard on accessories. So what’s “in” and what’s “out” for 2021? We’ve rounded up our top three predictions to keep you current on the chicest trends in nails.

Prediction: Moody Metallics

The chrome craze is on the rise and here to stay. Easily adding an element of dimension to any nail art design, McAllister’s nail techs are experimenting with new ways to repurpose these multi-dimensional pigments to create something truly unique. One of our favorite trends for Spring is metallic contouring.

Much like contouring on the face, our artists are taking to this technique to create similar optical illusions of the nail for added shape and dimension – think: uplift through light, narrowing via dark, and inside linings for depth. Not ready to go full-on contoured tips? Dip your toes into the trend by opting for a simple, sparkling rim around the nail’s edge for a dainty, subdued take on the trend.

While we love playing with pigment to trick the mind, we never underestimate the power of the more traditional monochromatic look. Single-hued, colorful chrome digits make a serious statement in their own right in a more understated way.  Check out both of these trends at McAllister

Prediction: Revival of the Almond

If you thought picking your polish was the toughest manicure decision you’ll have to make… think again, beautiful! Nail shape sets the tone for the entire look to follow. While square tips and naturally rounded nails were a hit in 2016, it looks like their popularity is waning for the new year.

As sported by a slew of trendsetting celebs including the omnipresent Kylie Jenner, almond-shaped nails (a European mainstay) are making a resurgence for 2021. The style, which tapers tips to a slight point at the end of an otherwise elongated, natural nail, is regarded as the chicest, most glamorous of the shapes, known to slenderize fingers to best show off a handful of your finest jewelry.

Prediction: Rise of the SNS Manicure

Touted as the ultimate manicure hack for longer-lasting color, SNS (also referred to as dip powder) crushes its gel mani counterpart in the longevity of wear department. During the SNS manicure process, your nail tech paints a clear coat on each nail, dips it into a tinted powder and sets it, resulting in nails with serious staying power (two to four weeks!) without the permanence or damage of acrylics.

The treatment does not require the use of controversial UV lamps to set, and is formulated without the use of harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene and DBP. The removal process is quick and easy (simply soak nails in acetone and slip off) and the SNS formulas are fortified with Calcium, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, D3 & B5, meaning that not only will the treatment not harm your nails, it could actually leave them longer, stronger and ready for round two!

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Yulia Tyan is South Beach’s Best Blonde Hair Colorist

Yulia Tyan is South Beach’s Best Blonde Hair Colorist

There are so many different names for blonde highlighting techniques tossed around in Miami Beach’s best hair salons. Each way of achieving blonde hair color is slightly different in approach, but the result is nearly always a brighter and blonder hair color at the end of a visit. If you are contemplating a visit to a local beauty salon to achieve a single color of blonde hair, the decisions abound as the term “blonde” is merely the starting point of a beautiful and wide-ranging hair Goldwell color palette. It is so important to pick a hair colorist like Yulia Tyan you can trust – a beauty professional who is very well-educated and dedicated to realizing your perfect look.

Hues of blonde range from deep, chestnut blonde colors to light honey color blondes at the darker end of the spectrum; it extends all the way through the range to the lightest varieties of blondes. At the lighter end of the blonde color range is where some subtle hair color fun can happen. Very light, platinum shades of blonde can be shifted with hair color overlays, exclusive to our beauty salon, to emphasize light golden blondes or can shift your hair into an entirely different color range, with nearly any other color you can imagine, with violet or rose tones being very popular of late. Having a consultation with a hair stylist like Yulia at McAllister Spa, widely known as South Beach’s best hair salon, is key to picking the right blonde color to match your skin tone, your eyes and your smile.

If the goal is not a single shade of blonde, the choice in variations in blonde highlighting can lead to selfie-perfect beautiful result that is uniquely you. Hair colorists at McAllister – like the acclaimed Yulia Tyan – emphasize hair color consultations at the outset to see what suits you and your style, along with your schedule and budget. Highlights go by many names, from balayage to ombre and from babylights to spotlights. The recent rage is air-touch highlights and the results Yulia has produced using this highlighting technique are show-stopping gorgeous. She will tell you that traditional foil highlights are precisely beautiful but require a commitment to regular appointments. If you aren’t quite so structured in your calendar, she will likely steer you toward one of nearly a dozen blonde balayage techniques. These techniques allow for you to visit a bit more irregularly without the obvious lines of regrowth, with inches of naturally darker hair telling the world like rings of a tree how long it’s been since your last visit to the hair salon.

Take a moment to appreciate Yulia Tyan’s amazing blonde work in the recent images inside our hair salon. Her work is nothing short of perfection in our eyes. When it’s time for an appointment with her, send us a text at 305-604-0550. If you would like to schedule a virtual consult via Facetime, particularly during COVID, send us an email by clicking this link and she will reach out ASAP.

McAllister Spa makes the COVID cut in SoBe- We are Lyft’s best salon in Miami Beach

McAllister Spa makes the COVID cut in SoBe- We are Lyft’s best salon in Miami Beach

It’s September and this coronavirus hasn’t yet gone away. We don’t know what that means for our kids, our friends, our job, our classes… All we know is that it’s time for us to start seeing people again, which means actually taking the time to work on our appearance! Now, what does this mean for our hair? Some of us have started cutting it alone at home, which may have lead to mixed results. Maybe you cut it and loved how it turned out, or maybe you instantly regretted everything and were glad people wouldn’t see it for a long time. We understand why some of you guys have taken some scissors to your hair and hacked it all off! Honestly, most of us have felt like we have no control over anything in these uncertain times. Jobs, school, outings, holidays… Nothing is set in stone anymore and we’ve all been cooped up at home. What’s one thing we do have control over, though? Our hair!

As a form of self-care and need to be in control, we start cutting our beautiful locks in some pretty unique ways. Hopefully, this has been a fun hobby to keep you entertained at home! Then, there are those of us who haven’t cut our hair at all since quarantine started! Our overgrown hair really needs a trim, or the roots need to be touched up, or we are simply just sick of having the exact same style as the beginning of the year. Let’s be real, this year has changed us more than we could have ever imagined. We definitely aren’t the same as we were back in January! So, why shouldn’t our hairstyle reflect that?

Here at McAllister Spa, we are ready to help you get back on track, despite the pandemic. We have opened for business, with many preventative measures set in place to keep our staff and our clients healthy. We are looking to keep everyone safe, while still taking care of their appearance. No need to ruin your hair at home, nor to keep looking in the mirror disheartened at your split ends. While staying at home keeps you physically safe, it’s important to keep you mentally healthy as well! Whether we realize it or not, our physical appearance affects our minds a lot. If you aren’t happy when you look at yourself, how are you going to get through this virus?

One great way to make sure our physical appearance is as great as can be is to start with our hair. It’s time for us to start treating our hair right again, and our McAllister hairstylists can help you with that. With our cleanliness standards through the roof, it is perfectly safe for you to come get a haircut with us. Book an appointment with us, leaving your worries (and dead ends!) on the floor and walking out of our salon like a brand-new person. The pandemic isn’t going to keep us from making sure you’re in style! We can turn your uneven layers cut by kitchen scissors into choppy fashionable layers! If you just went crazy on your hair, we can style it into a trendy asymmetrical bob. There’s also been a shaved head trend going on in the past few months, and we can even out the cut for you! If you shaved your hair at the beginning of quarantine, it’s most likely messily growing out now and we can turn it into a cute pixie cut. We’ve seen many people attempting to get bangs while at home, some a little better than others. With bangs being in style, we can give you beautiful baby bangs or gorgeous long ones to frame your face. Depending on your facial structure, we can go with a deep side-part and get you side-swept bangs!

With fall coming soon, you can go with burgundy hair, honey, chestnut, copper, or any other beautiful colors to match the season. If you don’t want to completely lose your hair color, any of the fall tones will look gorgeous as highlights, balayage or ombre. Our hair stylists are trained in all of these styles and can work with you to achieve the perfect balance between your hair and brown tones to match the leaves changing! If you need your roots touched up or if you want to get a whole new color, we can help you with that too. Of course, we’re sure you’ve seen the bright color trends lately! You could go with a completely new style and get bright red, hot pink, white, silver, or turquoise. In these crazy times, why not go crazy with your hair as well and have it match? And if you aren’t 100% sure of the color you are contemplating, check out our latest work on our Instagram.

If you’re not sure what you want to get yet, that’s perfectly fine. There’s many hairstyles out there, as well as different colors. Whenever you scroll through social media, you see someone else dying their hair at home or trying new layers… Maybe you’ve wanted to join them but don’t know how? We’re here for you in these difficult times! So, if you’re thinking “Where can I get a haircut near me?” Then look no further. You can text, call or email us for a consultation or book an appointment with us at McAllister Spa! Our hair stylists are just waiting to get started on your hair, giving you the perfect look you’ve been wanting all of quarantine! They’ll listen to your ideas and find the perfect haircut and color combo to make you smile any time you look in the mirror!