A factor of an outdoor lifestyle
and a beach-centric
culture, beauty care plays an important role in the Carioca (a person born in Rio de Janeiro) routine. From hair-straightening treatments and manicures to eyebrow shaping and the famous Brazilian wax, beauty maintenance is the local norm. Here are some of the best salons in Rio de Janeiro.
Espaço Juliana Paes
Juliana Paes is a well-known Brazilian celebrity famed for her acting work on the Brazilian TV network, Globo. Espaço Juliana Paes is her first salon, and it has become a huge success in its own right for its incredibly professional treatments, and not just because of the celebrity connection. The wooden panels, clean finish, and flower bouquet touches complete the look of a high-end salon. There are all sorts of treatments available, from hair and makeup to facials, massages and waxes.
Espaço Juliana Paes, Torre Comercial Barra Prime – Av. Afonso Arinos de Melo Franco, 222 – 121 – Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 3936 7999
Based in upscale Ipanema, Crystal Hair is a favourite among the celebrities. The salon boasts a wide range of treatments from eyebrow shaping to hair maintenance and makeup. The friendly staff are highly experienced and take the time to understand each individual’s needs and desires. The salon has a partnership with L’Oreal and offers several services using their products, including luxurious deep-conditioning treatments that leave your hair feeling silky soft.
Crystal Hair, R. Barão de Jaguaripe, 243 – Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2512 1137
TP Beauty Lounge
The regal atmosphere and elegant décor leave no doubt of the high-end status that this salon enjoys. Another popular beauty parlour with the local celebrities, the TP Beauty Lounge is run by beauty expert Thiago Parente. Although on the pricey side, it is one of Rio’s best salons with high-quality treatments such as hair styling, makeup, colour, nails, eyebrow shaping, and the famous wax.
TP Beauty Lounge, Av. Ataulfo de Paiva, 355 – Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2540 7777
Operating in Rio de Janeiro for the past 25 years, Werner Coiffeur is a chain of franchises that aims to provide quality services at affordable prices, making it far more accessible to locals. The standardised service is good with great haircuts and a wide range of deep conditioning treatments, all within a clean, spacious environment with a long, wall mirror. Settle down with a coffee on the house and enjoy any of their services available – the manicure and pedicure are great quality and good value for money.
Werner Coiffeur, R. Francisco Otaviano, 42 – Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2521 5050
Retro Salão Copa
This small salon in Copacabana has a modern, airy feel, and clients can easily feel the friendly intimacy of the team that works there as they banter, laugh, and make customers feel at ease. Among the services available are haircuts, styling and colour, manicures and pedicures, and wax treatments. Go to Retro Salão Copa for a wonderful French manicure and a quick, almost painless Brazilian wax.
Retro Salão Copa, R. Miguel Lemos, 24 A – Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 3442 8442
Red Salon Homem
Red Salon Homem
Salons in Rio de Janeiro are not just for women, and there are a few that have opened up especially with the male market in mind. Red Salon Homem is one of them and is the most popular and widespread salons for men in Rio. The main service available is hair maintenance (including beard styling) with experienced hairdressers, and the salons also sell their own branded hair products. They also serve cold beer for those who want it.
Red Salon Homem, R. Francisco Sá, 51 – Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, +55 21 2287 8697
Based near the Largo do Machado metro in Laranjeiras, Espaço Fênix is a comprehensive salon that offers a wide range of beauty treatments. Those looking for a haircut receive a free consultation so that the hairdresser fully understands what the client wants and is happy to make recommendations and suggestions too. The salon also offers manicure and pedicure services, waxing, and makeup for reasonable prices.
Espaço Fênix, Largo do Machado, 29 – Catete, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 3826 0289