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Don't you hate laundry day? First, you have to lug your dirty, smelly unmentionables all the way to the laundromat because your overpriced condo doesn't have a washer and dryer. Then you must wait around for hours until the clothes are done, just in case someone tries to nick your knickers. All this is made more difficult if you have kids tagging along. Luckily, Coral Way Lavandería feels your pain, which is why it's stocked with amenities. Arcade machines and multiple TV sets help you pass the time, while free Wi-Fi and complimentary computers are provided. Vending machines offer snacks. Plus, the shop is clean, and the machines are kept in working order. Thanks to Coral Way Lavandería, laundry doesn't have to be a total chore.

Courtesy of Churchill's Barbershop

This is no gimmicky hipster place, y'all. When it comes to a damn good barbershop, Churchill's Barbershop is a South Florida institution. Located in downtown Miami, this lovable joint has been offering cuts (starting at $28), shaves ($30), mustache trims ($5), manicures ($15), pedicures ($30), shoe shines ($5), facials (starting at $50), waxing (starting at $10), and other services since 2003. The shop also sells more than 5,000 products to keep you looking sharp. Part of its charm is that its owner, Jose, spends a good chunk of his time mixing and mingling with regulars. So after you leave Churchill's, you basically have no excuse to look like a bum.

Courtesy of Detlev Gessner

Living in Miami can be hazardous to your hair. Summer storms, chlorinated pools, and the oppressive midday sun can make even the perfectly coiffed among us turn into frizzy, fried messes. Leave the job to the professionals at Detlev, an Aveda Lifestyle salon across from CocoWalk. Stylists are good at listening to what you actually want and knowledgeable about products without being pushy. And unlike many salons, Detlev is happy to take walk-ins. If you're offered a cup of joe, be sure to accept — the salon brews local Panther Coffee and offers generous refills while you're waiting for your color to set.

Courtesy of Caleb McGrew

Extractions are one of the gnarliest but most necessary parts of a facial. On his social media accounts, aesthetician Caleb McGrew doesn't shy away from showing such behind-the-scenes parts of his skin-transforming services. And this is one reason he has such a cult following. After he clears the gunk from your pores, McGrew will give a stimulating facial massage and apply a goopy face mask from your forehead to chin. The standard facial starts at $95, or you can upgrade to a special algae mask made with 24-karat gold for $125. Find McGrew inside Junior & Hatter in Wynwood, where he takes appointments Tuesday through Friday. And be sure to follow him on Instagram (@skin_bycalebmcgrew) for weekly specials.

Threading, for the uninitiated, looks a bit like medieval torture. You lean back in a salon chair while someone rips out your stray eyebrow hairs using a long piece of thread and, sometimes, their teeth. But once you get used to the pain, the benefits are obvious: It's precise, chemical-free, and safer than pouring hot wax on your face. At Yodi Threading Spa, walk-ins are welcome, and sessions typically last less than ten minutes. And the prices are budget-friendly too: Brows cost $10, upper lip is $7, and if you're ready to get every last unwanted hair off your face, you can do that for just 30 bucks.

Courtesy of Elianne Donates Mesa

There are a few things a good manicurist should have: a steady hand, a sympathetic ear, and an eye for color. Elianne "Ely" Donates Mesa has them all. She is a triple threat. At her space inside the Phenix Salon Suites, Ely is known for her fastidious technique and knack for nail art. Regular manicures cost only $15, or you can upgrade to gel polish for $25. Perk up with a cup of coffee or wind down with a glass of wine — the choice is yours. You'll never do an at-home manicure again.

Courtesy of the Betsy Hotel

Living in Miami — the traffic, the heat, the yelling — can be a bit much. We all need to take time to relax every now and then. And there's no better way to de-stress from your day than with the Moonlight Sonata, a nighttime massage available between 8 and 11 p.m. at the Betsy Hotel Wellness Garden & Spa in South Beach. You'll be transported into a meditative state as you step onto the Zen-inspired spa deck decorated with bamboo, wood, and stone. And you can rest assured that all the products the therapist slathers on your body are natural and paraben-free. So throw away your cares, hop onto the massage table, and look up at the stars from your private cabana on the Betsy's rooftop while a therapist smoothes out all of those aching muscles. The Moonlight Sonata costs $230 for 60 minutes. The spa is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, based on availability.

Courtesy of Tierra Santa Healing House

Every spa offers massages and facials, but only at the Faena can you book a spa treatment developed by a shaman. That's right — Tierra Santa's menu of "body rituals" takes inspiration from mystical healers, as well as experts in the field including a holistic medical scholar, a licensed digestive health specialist, and an internist and cardiologist. It's all led by spa director Agustina Caminos, who's a Pranic Healing instructor and professor of yoga. Treatments such as the Masaje con Flor Blanca and Hammam Rose Ritual are as good for you as they feel. Like the rest of the resort, the spa's decor is both colorful and eclectic, a refreshing departure from the flowing curtains and bamboo floors that are standard issue at most spas. Oh, and Tierra Santa is 22,000 square feet. Sometimes you've gotta go big to find your Zen.

Courtesy of Dr. Ary Krau

Plastic surgery practices aren't burger joints or auto shops. They are places that will change your life forever, for better or worse. It's important that your choice of plastic surgeon be right on the first try, so firsthand reviews are essential to making an informed decision. Dr. Ary Krau has the good word of the people behind his work. A former University of Miami instructor who was featured on the Bravo reality series Miami Slice, he has a long list of clients who rave about his attention to detail and compassion. Patients routinely fly in from other states to have work done with Krau. This is the sort of thing that calms one's anxiety about the whole surgical process. Whether you're in desperate need of surgery or have always wanted something fixed, nobody in Miami provides services better than Dr. Krau. Ask the people — they'll tell you.

Courtesy of Iris Tattoo

You know, many tattoo parlors are pitch-dark, have inexplicably low ceilings, and always seem to be a boys' club where Slayer records play at volumes that can wake the dead. That's not Iris Tattoo, which is sure as hell a good thing. Iris sits inside a condo complex on North Miami Avenue in Wynwood — but the room is multiple floors up from the ground, and the floor-to-ceiling windows offer a panoramic view of the city while you sit for six hours getting that back piece inked up. There's even a balcony where you can take a quick breather. Iris' website says its parlor was designed this way on purpose: The teals, pinks, and yellows make the place look clean, fresh, and welcoming, and the owners told New Times last year that they opened their original shop in Buenos Aires after getting treated rudely at a local parlor. So this isn't the place to ask for gang tats, but that's a good thing. Iris happens to employ some of the best artists in town — Karry, in particular, specializes in delicate, linework-heavy pieces, from intricate Buddhist mandalas to mystical animals to Hayao Miyazaki characters.

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