Salon Opening: Ton Vangard in Fort Lauderdale

Tön Vangard opens its first salon in the U.S.

Fort Lauderdale may not be as trendy as its neighbor Miami, but the city got a little edgier last week with the grand opening of a new salon, imported straight from Spain. Tön Vangard, a high-end salon from Barcelona, chose Fort Lauderdale as the destination for its first U.S. location. The 2,000-square-foot space located on Federal Highway packs several services under its roof – it is one of the only places in the area to offer a mix of hair and spa services, makeup and lashes, private inking and a bar. If the list of domestic wines and champagnes, and domestic and imported beers isn’t your thing, try a beauty colada or beautini, antioxidant “cocktails” sans alcohol packed with fruits and ingredients like white tea, aloe vera and biotin.

I had a great time at the opening reception getting some curls done, drinking champagne, eating cupcakes and chatting with Anthony Lordi, the Fort Lauderdale owner. The edgy salon is all about self-expression and creating art through hair and makeup. I got a discount coupon at the event so I may go back soon to get a cut or color.

Pop art pieces by Moroccan artist Vitaly Rusakov line the walls. Owner Lordi said it was important to him to select European pieces with an American touch, so he chose images of US landmarks on the East and West coasts and American icons like JFK and Marilyn Monroe.

A waiting lounge sits not in the front of the space like most salons, but in the back. And instead of magazines, the salon will have electronic tablets available for reading.

A private room for for facials, peels, lip/lash lifts, hair removal and more. (Fun note: a men’s facial is offered here, priced between $60 and $295.)

This graphic takes up about half of the back wall in the salon.

My favorite treat at the event – cupcakes with a kick from Sweet & Tipsy. Flavors included Champagne Kisses, Muddy Mudslide, Miami Vice, Sinful Strawberry Daiquri and Dulce Diosa. I can’t even tell you how good.

Miami Vice cupcakes – pina colada cake infused with rum and topped with strawberry daiquiri cream cheese (also infused with rum). Garnished with a fresh pineapple.

Sinful Strawberry Daiquiri – rum-soaked strawberry cake topped with strawberry cream cheese frosting and a lime.

Sushi, part of the light bites offered at the event.

Me, getting my hair styled.

My friend Ju’lia getting her hair styled next to me.

I asked my stylist if I could take a picture of her awesome bracelet because I could not stop looking at it. I saw a similar one in downtown Fort Lauderdale at Elektrik Boutique recently.

I sipped champagne while my stylist did her thang.

The finished product – waves that it literally pained me to wash out a day and a half later. My hair is actually naturally curly but typically if I try to curl it with an iron, the curls don’t last more than an hour before falling flat. These curls lasted at least 36 hours. I’m sure it had something to do with all the different products my stylist used, but she also told me dry shampoo helps hair hold styles better.

Girls and their curls: me and Ju’lia with our new ‘dos, Instagram style.

Ju’lia and I went for one last cupcake before we left. This one’s a Dulce Diosa, brown sugar cake infused with dark rum topped with dulce de leche frosting and fleur de sel.


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