Although it's hard to tell by looking at Fabulous Esthetics owner Amanda Walthall's healthy complexion, she's had ample opportunities to put various skincare products to the test while treating her own epidermal concerns. This first-hand familiarity, paired with seven years spent working for medical spas throughout the Midwest, makes her a trustworthy skincare specialist—well versed in chemical peels, facials, and microdermabrasion practices. Fabulous Esthetics specializes in treating acne-prone or aging skin with the most effective products and services available, favoring ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acid and vitamin C squeezed from oranges by supermodels. Microdermabrasion treatments whisk away weathered skin cells, waxing services uproot hairs to leave skin smooth, and paraben-free airbrush tanning gilds bodies for up to 14 days.
Recently nominated Best Spa in Addison by Addison magazine, A Feel Good Experience Spa employs a highly trained staff whose aim is to make every spa service soothing to both body and mind. They dole out a range of skincare treatments and specialized products to erase flaws and enhance beauty. Facials rely on Dermalogica products?an established brand free of common irritants?and sometimes incorporate light therapy to brighten skin and improve its health. Like the cover of a romance novel, the spa menu focuses primarily on skin, but the staff believes in a holistic approach to care. They infuse some body wraps with aromatherapy treatments, emphasize the all-over benefits of massages, and offer foot reflexology for balance and energy.
Massage therapist Maribel Rodriguez has dedicated more than 10 years in the industry to bolster her healing powers and curate a tranquil treatment facility. Spa services are performed by Maribel and her staff of aestheticians and massage therapists and include specialty treatments that incorporate mechanical exfoliation, organic creams, and chemical solutions. The 50-minute organic facial combines steam and an organic fruit cleanser to open pores and clear them with paprika exfoliation, and hot stones glide across backs during gentle-healing massages. The team also specializes in peels, microdermabrasion, ear candling, and waxing services that remove hair more humanely than industrial-strength flypaper.
The scents of lavender and citrus fill of the rooms of Message Felax. Tucked away in private corners, licensed therapists gently scrub, soak, and knead their clients' feet during a reflexology performed with aromatherapy oils. It may come as no surprise that the spa's main mission is to pamper feet—the name itself is a portmanteau of "feet" and "relax"—although the massage therapists incorporate holistic techniques into traditional massages as well. The spa's menu of Swedish, sports, and deep-tissue massages also includes a house back and neck massage that blends Eastern and Western techniques. The spa also offers lung- and blood-cleansing sessions at an oxygen bar without charging the usual two-inhalation minimum.
The skilled stylists at Yana Beauty Salon tame unruly tresses with a variety of services that fill the shop with the sound of thrumming shears and delighted exclamations. Beyond custom haircuts for men and women, they aptly adorn scalps with extensions and full or partial highlights and teach stressed strands to relax with Brazilian keratin straightening treatments and deep-breathing exercises. Not willing to limit themselves to above-the-brow beauty, staffers also soothe faces with a cache of treatments that includes green-tea peels and botanical facials blended with Sonya Dakar products, as well as relaxing mani-pedis and waxing services for both face and body.
You can feel the sophistication as soon as you step into Elegant Salon Suite: the word elegant is written in raised letters on the floor of the reception area. Romanesque, fluted white columns and antique-style armchairs make up the interior of the studio, where guests await treatments ranging from european mani-pedis to haircuts from one of 14 stylists.
The studio’s owner and certified aesthetician, Jenny Schmalzried, specializes in microdermabrasions, facials, and high-tech procedures such as IPL photofacials and blue-LED acne treatments. Schmalzried also performs waxing services in her private suite and offers a large selection of top-of-the-line skincare products.