Hairstylist Julien Farel and nutrition expert Betsy Berthin.
An appointment at the Julien Farel Salon has been among the most coveted in Manhattan since his first salon debuted in 2001. Twelve years, two salons, and a haircare line later, Farel is escaping to Miami to premiere his first free-standing salon and spa outside of New York.
Why did you choose Miami as the location for your next salon?
Opening a salon and growing a team here was something I always wanted to do, and was part of my business development vision for the US. I’m from the south of France; I love the heat and sunshine.
Which hair trends will be big this summer?
Bangs. I also expect texturized curls, definitely not a beach bum look but a sophisticated beach look— straight and sleek at the roots with curl at the end and an ombre color. That will be everywhere.
And a look that’s on its way out?
The shag is done. We’re back to the sexy glamour, and the shag haircut is not sexy. Miami is all about glamour, and that’s glossy hair.
How will your new Restore haircare line help Miamians?
Water, sun, saltwater, and chlorine are very hard on hair. My new Restore line incorporates ingredients like hyaluronic acid to penetrate and heal the scalp and follicle. Julien Farel Salon and Spa, 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-372-1278
When nutrition wiz Betsy Berthin isn’t advising the Miami Heat on high-energy pre-game meals or the Mandarin Oriental Miami’s A-list clientele on East-meets-West menu planning, she runs her private practice, consulting with an average of 25 clients a week.
How is dieting in Miami unique?
Miami is such a melting pot of different cultures and lifestyles. I don’t tell a Latin person not to have café con leche or beans and rice if that’s their culture. It just takes figuring out how to work it in and make allowances, be it portion control or moderation.
What’s the most common problem with dieting these days?
The reason diets work is the same reason that they fail. We’re a society that celebrates around food, so portion control is paramount. When our parents were kids, they were eating off nine-inch dinner plates, and now the average is 12 inches. That’s 30 percent more food on our plates!
Which healthy trends do you see in Miami?
The Mediterranean diet is getting a lot of buzz right now because of a recent Spanish study, which showed a sharp decrease in heart disease and cancer. It’s low in red meat, processed foods, and sugar, and high in grains, lentils, and grilled fish without the marinades, gravies, and sauces. It replaces butter with olive oil and advocates moderate amounts of red wine. The Paleo diet is big, too, because CrossFit has made such an impact on Miami, but I think it’s at its peak.
Which trends are waning?
Restrictive, low-carb diets are making their way out. To restrict certain categories of food is difficult, and you’re eliminating nutrients, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins that are essential to daily life.
What’s your take on the adage “You are what you eat”?
In Miami, we’re surrounded by water, and we’re so concerned with what our outside looks like that we neglect what’s happening on the inside. For the most part, it’s absolutely true. Betsy Berthin, 283 Catalonia Ave., Ste. 101, Coral Gables, 305-476-7771
Skincare specialist Dr. Fredric Brandt.
Dr. Fredric Brandt—the founder of the scientifically driven Dr. Brandt skincare line (and University of Miami alumnus)—splits his time between his buzzing Miami and Manhattan dermatology offices.
What cosmetic procedures are women booking now in Miami?
The demand for injectables is rising in Miami. Facial reshaping with fillers is popular because everyone wants a youthful contour. Fillers evolved in the last 10 years to enable us to completely fill lines and reshape the face. Women also prefer procedures with little to no recuperation time. Light fractional lasers, which help fine lines, wrinkles, and discolorations, allow patients to come in and appear perfectly normal three hours later.
Are you finding that people are seeking cosmetic procedures at younger ages than before?
Yes, and part of the reason is because antiaging is ubiquitous in our culture. People are more aware of signs of aging than they were 20 years ago. Also, technology has evolved. You can do minor treatments that aren’t overkill on younger patients, whereas before, we didn’t have much to offer them.
What are men looking for in cosmetic treatments?
Men definitely want procedures that look undetectable. Often men are big believers in Botox because the results are not immediately apparent. Men want to come in and do things gradually, so the change is not dramatic.
Are there any once-popular procedures that are now fading?
Overplumped lips that are inappropriately large for patients’ faces are a thing of the past. People want to look more natural. Dr. Brandt Dermatology Associates, 4425 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Ste. 200, Coral Gables, 305-443-6606