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Turning Things Around

BY Riki Altman-Yee | May 1, 2017 | Feature Features

Salon owner Vaso Spirou's battle with breast cancer birthed a big hair solution and the launch of her first product line.

It tuns out Samson and Delilah were not the only ones who knew the power contained in long, luscious locks. When Vaso Spirou started losing her hair, it caused a wave of distress.

“My clients have been seeing me every month for 20 years,” explains the owner of Salon Vaso in South Beach, who opened her first business when she was just 22 years old. “I didn’t want to share anything negative, [but] I had been going through medical treatments. I battled breast cancer for nine years and had three recurrences, so I shed a lot because of hormone treatments, medicine, anesthesia and surgery, all of which really deplete your immune system. I was known for my long, black curly hair, and suddenly I was depending on hair extensions. I felt I’d lost my identity.”

While escaping to her native Cyprus to recover, Spirou drowned her sorrows in the sea—literally. “That’s what saved me,” she says. After swimming in the ocean almost every day, Spirou noticed her hair felt different; fuller and thicker. That led her to reach out to a chemist friend in California who helped her create a line of haircare products containing marine-based ingredients. After much work and research, feel by VASO recently made its premiere with nearly a dozen products designed to cleanse, nourish, style and repair hair of all types. The line ($12 to $33) is available at her salon and at byvaso.com. Each item is chemical-free, paraben-free and never tested on animals, and most feature sea kelp, algae and chondrus crispus, a type of seaweed that exfoliates and coats.

Now that her hair is full, healthy and natural again, Spirou feels unstoppable. “I’m even working on a second salon location in New York,” she says, “but I will always live in Miami. My life is here.” 1500 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305.674.7470

SPIROU’S HOTS
Good vibes, great smiles, healthy hair, loving what you do, high heels

SPIROU’S NOTS
Too much makeup, neon hair color, selfishness, litterbugs

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