My Gabriel Samra Salon Experience

I’ve test-driven some of the best hair salons in the Magic City and have unearthed the best balayage hair colorist in the 305 for you, loyal readers: Gabriel Samra of Gabriel Samra Hair Salon. Nestled on Coral Way, the upbeat space is replete with glittery walls and pops of gray and black colors.

Still stumped on what balayage is exactly? Allow me to explain. Balayage is the highlighting process in which a colorist hand-paints or “sweeps” (that’s the literal translation of the word) color through small sections of the hair. And right now, the hair coloring process is trending on social media compliments of its au natural appearance.

My sources told me Salon Owner Gabriel Samra is Miami’s go-to guy for the “lived in” color look so we took a seat in his chair (5 loooong hours to be exact!). “The balayage process uses freehand painting to apply the color so it’s more natural and customizable,” Samra says. “Any stylist can learn the technique but it also takes really good taste and listening to the client’s desires to nail this look and that’s the difference,” Samra adds with the charisma of a Telenovela star.

So as fall rolls around and you find yourself looking for change, you may want to give balayage a try (starts at $250). And who knows? Your new hue may just be an Instagram sensation. #Winning

Gabriel Samra Hair Salon, 2270 Coral Way, Miami; (305) 774-1449;

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