In addition to training with Toni & Guy for more than five years, Donna Griffin earned a business degree before opening Kismet Salon. She draws on 15 years of experience as she and her fellow Toni & Guy–trained stylists alter manes with salon services including haircuts, color, highlights, and updos. When they aren't revamping locks with Tigi, DevaCurl, and DermOrganic products, they prune facial hairs with warm wax and embellish faces with makeup.
The salon’s marigold-colored walls add a dose of cheer to a leather booth-style couch, earthy decorations, and a stash of accessories by Fabulous Disaster Designs, including bags, hats, and gloves, which were salvaged from the infamous sequin-factory explosion of 2011.
During more than a decade spent working as an aesthetician, Shelly Singleton says she has served everyone from rock stars to Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders by whisking away unwanted hair. When she was working in a European resort spa in Austin, she gained insight into waxing techniques and beauty secrets commonly omitted from American schools' curriculum. These techniques lend her the skill to comfortably extricate hair from delicate areas such as the ear, bikini zone, and the boss’s heirloom house of cards.
Rachel Hill and the staff at Lighten Up Day Spa prettify clients from head to toe. Nearly every spa service they offer can be tailored to suit each visitor's unique needs, whether that means creating a customized facial, combating wrinkles, or applying highlights to bring out the color of a third eye. Following beauty visits, you can browse the wide selection of clothing and accessories at the shop's curated boutique, where the inventory ranges from baubles and belts to colorful scarves and tops.
Michele Bonilla, the cosmetologist at Bikini Underground, uses hard wax for all of her hair-removal treatments. A cosmetologist with 16 years of experience, Michele has been performing Brazilian waxes with hard wax for 5 years, 3 of those at Bikini Underground. To make the process more comfortable, she serves complimentary wine and chocolates to her clients during all waxing treatments.
With a gallon of enthusiasm, Misty Hulse welcomes clients to her station at Austarian Salon. She's so welcoming, in fact, that her clients can set up appointments by way of text message. Misty handles all things hair with help from Wella products. Backed by intensive research and experimentation—conducted on a large enough supply of human hair to stretch to the moon and back—Wella stocks Misty’s station with styling formulas and color treatments carefully designed for all hair types. Of course, the bottles only aid the stylist, whose skilled fingers do most of the work. After shampooing and conditioning locks, she snips off split ends and gum, spirals straight strands into bouncy curls, and adds depth and dimension with shimmery highlights. In addition to styling it, Misty also can remove hair swiftly with warm wax.