After reclining across the massage table for more than 30 years as a client, Angela Lopez realized the difference a quality massage therapist could make. So, she embarked on the journey of opening her own spa by hiring the best therapists she could find. Angela and her team of
“angels” at An Angel’s Touch Therapeutic Massage were voted in the top three for Best Massage in the DFW metroplex in 2010 and 2011, and tops in Fort Worth, according to CityVoter. Within their relaxation oasis, the team dissipates stress and assuages muscle aches with massage treatments that range from long, fluid Swedish strokes to deep-tissue kneads, and they take relaxation a step further with indulgent add-ons such as aromatherapy.
Three charming rooms set the scene for massages at An Angel's Touch, and each one is infiltrated by the soothing scent of a soy candle and calming music. In the tradition-inspired room, crisp white walls wrap around a heated massage table draped with a soft blanket, and a second room takes on an Asian motif, complete with garden-green hues and natural-wood accents. The European-influenced room assumes a regal stance, with deep-purple textiles draping over the massage table and the windows. After their treatments, clients can slowly work their way back into real life with a bite of complimentary chocolate.
The seasoned beauty professionals at Moda Aveda Salon transform appearances and enhance the health of skin using plant-based products from Aveda. Stylists remedy damaged strands with cuts and conditioning treatments, dye them with 97% natural Aveda color, or add length with Hot Heads hair extensions that adhere to hair without the use of heat or refrigerator magnets. Skin, muscle, and nail are tended to inside Moda’s full-service spa, which furnishes facials, massages, and body treatments. Complimentary treatments add luxury to any salon visit and allow clients to pick their own indulgences, including a stress-busting shampooing, hand treatment, makeup touchup, and skincare analysis.
Guided by socially conscious principles for more than 30 years, Aveda produces a full line of natural beauty products carried at nearly 7,000 salons and spas. Popular gorgeous-makers such as Shampure shampoo and witch-hazel hair spray deliver on Aveda's commitment to well-rounded earthly beauty with eco-friendly packaging cradling ingredients derived from the world's finest and least selfish plants.
Dr. Ramin Samadi, who has been awarded the prestigious Fellow status from the American College of Emergency Medicine and the American College of Physicians, began his career as an emergency-medicine specialist in 1988 in Buffalo, New York. In just two short years, he was promoted to the position of medical director in the department, and a few years after that he became the chairman of the department of emergency medicine for Mercy Health System. He is also an expert in anti-aging skincare, and after moving to Fort Worth, he decided to open Artisan MedSpa in order to provide patients medical-grade spa services in a relaxing environment completely different than the cold, sterile, alligator-friendly hospital setting he was used to.
Patients at the spa can don plush robes and slippers in the locker room before heading to the relaxation room to unwind while sipping complimentary beverages and savoring sweet fruit. The full-service med spa further pampers patrons with various massages, body scrubs, and luxurious 23-karat-gold facials. For those interested in medical-grade services, the spa proffers hair removal, skin resurfacing, and body sculpting.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the hydro-derma fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Style is everywhere inside Salon Purple. It's here that Salon Purple's staff creates their own works of art, cutting and coloring hairstyles that would make Mr. Clean shed a bleach-scented tear. Their hands and scissors are guided by ongoing education classes and an advanced color-training program, which all stylists complete. The experts consult closely with clients to design the perfect look, and they do whatever they can to make visits enjoyable. That might mean pouring a cup of Starbucks Coffee or putting on some music.
The sum of all these parts makes Salon Purple a premier destination for stylish haircuts, colors, and nail services. At salon chairs, stylists run through the complete lineup of Pravana Professional Services, including Keratin Fusion Texture Control Treatments and ChromaSilk Hair Color. As a Pravana Elite Salon, Salon Purple relies on professional products straight from Pravana's signature line, including sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners made with natural botanicals.
La Terre Salon is a J Beverly Hills concept salon where stylists sculpt coifs using J Beverly Hills products, and colorists tint and highlight strands with Pravana products derived from plant and flower extracts.
Throughout her 13-year career, salon founder and lead stylist Irene has cultivated special expertise in color and formal styles, and her extensive experience—which includes a stint as a local Aveda instructor—has helped her to master hair of all types and textures, from curly and coarse to sentient and venomous. Conditioning services come in Rescue, Fragile, and Platinum levels, each of which restores shine to tired tresses, and a color gloss designed especially for men blends away gray scalp grass. Natural sunlight spills across the hardwood floors of the salon, where stylists conduct complimentary consultations so that clients can seek expert advice about maintaining their hair, using products, and sewing split ends back together.
Located at the Fort Worth Sheraton Hotel and Spa, Spa Beaubelle combines a yoga studio, nail salon, pool, and full-service spa into one expansive 8,000-square-foot rejuvenation center. The staff of massage therapists and aestheticians ushers spa-goers into private treatment rooms and suites, where they lavish world-weary skin in products from Clovertree Apothecary and FarmHouse Fresh Goods, or ease muscular tension with the gentle barrages of Swedish or deep-tissue massage. Meanwhile, an infrared sauna gives patrons a place to slip into meditative states and correct a naturally infragreen complexion as they sweat away their stresses. A Vichy shower maximizes metabolism by boosting oxygen absorption and ousting excess carbon dioxide as it washes away rejuvenating masks and salt scrubs left over from slenderizing body wraps.
Wrapped in Wellness's friendly staff helps bodies take on more toned and contoured forms through client-oriented services, organic products, and wraps that help clients lose up to 30 inches in one hour. They offer a variety of wraps including the LA Slim Wrap which is popular among some celebrities. Inside the tranquil wellness center, skilled technicians cocoon bodies in sundry wraps, which help bodies detoxify, tighten, and tone with all-natural mineral solutions that ready selves for red carpets, green screens, and awkward encounters with purple-clad paparazzi. In addition to body wraps and weight-loss treatments, the staff also darkens hides with airbrush tanning and enhances faces' youthful glow with rejuvenating facials. Calming décor envelops clients with soothing green and purple tones accented with touches of dark wood. Within private treatment rooms, rich curtains cascade to the floor as clients nestle into cushy furniture set aglow by warm lighting and left-behind glow sticks.
Under the leadership of owner and expert hairdresser Tina Ivy, the stylists at Capello Salon freshen up clients’ hairdos or perform full-fledged makeovers with a range of services. With an arsenal of haircare products from brand names such as L’Oréal and DevaCurl, stylists shape hair with trims, enliven locks with highlights, and perm clients’ hair into a wavy texture without installing wigs made from water frozen at high tide. In addition to styling hair, the team removes it from brows and lips with waxing treatments. Capello Salon also treats customers with hair that is at least 10 inches long to free cuts if they donate to Locks of Love.
The staff at Darque Tan learned the science of tanning through Smart Tan certification, which they rely on to design efficient, safe regimes for each client's skin type. Five levels of PCTan beds and booths can bronze skin with as few as 12 minutes of UV exposure while enveloping skin in cooling mist. Automated airbrush tanning in VersaSpa or Mystic Tan booths create even, natural-looking color that masks scars and stretch marks. Darque Tan's pursuit of convenience is further exemplified with business hours that span seven days a week, a minimum of 20 beds per location, and rec rooms where kids can read and watch TV. A crew of professional cleaners details each of the facilities according to a rigorous 50-point inspection and tips gleaned from reading Mr. Clean's LiveJournal.
The readers of Fort Worth Weekly didn't say why they named Perfect Touch the Best Spa of 2013, but it's not hard to hazard a guess—or a dozen. Take the warm, private treatment rooms and soft music that backdrop Swedish massages and hot-stone therapy, for instance, or the lineup of Dermalogica products that skin specialists combine into custom facial treatments. There's also a more technological side to the spa: a cosmetic laser system that tightens the skin, and a Cynosure TriActive system that helps minimize the appearance of cellulite.
An entire second facet of Perfect Glow—Perfect Touch—focuses solely on tanning. UV beds use ultra-pressure lamps for quicker tans, and airbrush technicians evenly mist the skin with vegan, organic, and paraben-free solutions that, like the newest breeds of dogs, emit a subtle raspberry-almond fragrance when wet.
The white tulip chairs, sleek charcoal and orange décor, and recessed lighting may give Wink Threading Salon a modern feel, but their specialty service is rooted in tradition. Instead of relying on harsh wax, chemicals, or duct tape, the hair removal experts reach for a simple length of antibacterial thread. By twisting the threads together and sweeping them across the skin, the stylists are able to swiftly and precisely uproot stray hairs, creating smooth, sure lines on the brows, upper lip, chin, or forehead. A writer for D Magazine in the feature "The Best Eyebrow Job I've Ever Had" called Wink’s threadong process "less painful…than wax" and "less tedious than tweezing," and even claimed that afterwards she was so pleased that she "could [not] stop looking at [her brows] in the rearview mirror."
Some people call her a ninja. Some people call her Otter. But Cristy Childers calls herself a massage therapist, and a licensed one at that, able to find and knead buried points of tension with precision. As for the nickname, it was given her by her friends and family, and it’s the reason she named her business Otter’s Retreat.
Childers consults with her clients before every massage to pinpoint their areas of tension and permanent body armor. “Massage is a dance,” she writes, and “it takes two people to make it awesome.” Her Western and Eastern massage treatments are all performed in a pristine room with no aromatherapy—Childers deliberately keeps the space scent-free and does not perform massages on smokers to accommodate clients with allergies.
The technicians at Lash Out Loud believe that the body's smallest curves can radiate the most personality. They adhere mink and synthetic extensions to natural lashes, adding flattering length to lids and filling in gaps with "relash" appointments. Techs also complement facial features with permanent makeup; their expertly stenciled brows and eyeliner frame peepers, and lip color avoids embarrassing smudges caused by sweat or attempts at kissing your own reflection on the cheek. Each service is customized to the aesthetic preferences of the client, whether she hopes to make her morning routine more convenient or avoid allergy symptoms caused by traditional products.
Open seven days a week, Baja Sun helps pigment-challenged patrons to achieve a natural bronze hue with an array of tanning services and brand-name lotions. The salon’s private treatment rooms house 20 Soltron UV beds divided into six levels of intensity to steadily draw out deeper hues. Mystic Tan sessions give time-crunched tanners a safe, UV–free glow in 90 seconds, ideal for patrons looking for a natural looking tan that don't have the time to spend all day in a spa. Tanners can choose from Original or Premium tanning cartridges for lighter or darker results, both of which have the option of a clear solution, which darkens gradually, or a bronzer solution, which glazes skin with an instant tropical punch.