Luxe Aveda Concept Salon evokes a sense of contemporary glamour by offering luxurious services amid its lofty ceiling and grey and fire-engine-red walls. A hairstyling visionary, Ray Hernandez presides over a team of hair-transforming artisans who administer cuts, color services, and specialized treatments. These stylists are so passionate about their craft that they educate clients about haircare, recommending Aveda products to maintain their new looks.
Aveda produces a full line of natural beauty products carried at nearly 7,000 salons and spas. Popular items such as Shampure shampoo and witch hazel hair spray deliver on Aveda's commitment to well-rounded earthly beauty with eco-friendly packaging that cradles ingredients derived from the world's finest and least selfish plants.
A shared passion often brings talented people together. That's certainly the case at Planet Sol Salon, where each staffer brings her own background and artistic eye to the salon chair. Alexa Cline, for example, trained with Redken educators to gain expertise in haircuts and color treatments. Melissa Guerra specializes in chemical texturizing, and Natasha Gutierrez—who has interned with an American Board Certified Haircolorist—uses highlights to give hair the perfect amount of dimension. Not limiting themselves to just hair, the team members also administer aesthetic services such as chocolate foot masks and shellac mani-pedis.
The stylists are educators themselves, too. They know that a new look is ultimately pointless if it can't be regularly recreated at home, especially if clients find themselves stuck in a temporal loop. To that end, they recommend manageable styles and explain the step-by-step process for their creation.
The knowledgeable staff of physical therapists and massage therapists at Affiliated Therapy Group Practice, Inc. treat their clients’ muscular afflictions with traditional massages and alternative services such as aquatic therapy. Well-versed in Swedish, hot-stone, and prenatal massage techniques, the massage therapists work to increase circulation, relax muscles, and rehabilitate injuries from the comfort of a private treatment room. In addition to soothing kneads, the staff also nourishes skin with seaweed wraps, moisturizes hands with paraffin dips, and exfoliates feet with a salt scrub harvested from the region of the Atlantic with the most well-groomed dolphins.
June Shin of June's Day Spa has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, working her way along the East Coast before settling down in Corpus Christi to open her namesake spa. Her list of services includes relaxing manicure and pedicures enhanced by indulgent extras such as foot masks, hand massages, and scrubs. June can prettify nails with one of many vibrant OPI and Essie polishes or apply a special crackling formula for more artistic tips. She also administers waxing treatments to remove clients' unwanted hair, leaving smooth skin for days longer than traditional shaving.
Massage therapist Johnny has been de-stressing clients for 10 years. He specializes in deep-muscle therapy, which alleviates muscle tension and pain due to repetitive-motion injuries using pressure ranging from firm to deep. He also customizes each of his massages to fit each client’s particular injuries and ideal amount of pressure. To further relax clients, Johnny incorporates aromatherapy, plays soft music, and assures them that tax season is months away. And when not kneading clients, he teaches other massage therapists the tricks of his trade.
Peace of Mind beautifies bodies and transports minds into a realm of relaxation with therapeutic spa services. The rejuvenating hour-long wine therapy massage kick-starts circulation and calms the nerves. With natural age-defying capabilities, red wine, which a therapist applies topically during the treatment, helps to de-age skin and fight free radicals. For those in need of up-top upkeep, the Fire & Ice facial exfoliates the complexion organically using the active fruity acids of apples and grapes. Detoxifying natural herbs including paprika help to clear out gunk burrowed deep in the pores, resulting in a glow that will elicit smiles from friends, co-workers, and the neighborhood mailman who bathes in the koi pond. The session wraps up with an application of a chilly, organic mask suited to the client's skin type, leaving the face firm and fresh.