Featured in beauty magazines, on ABC's 20/20, and on local news programs for her work in permanent cosmetics, Dixie Medford is both the owner of Classic Beauty Concepts and a certified permanent-cosmetic educator. Along with medical-grade skincare services, Medford can implant upper layers of skin with micropigments in permanent cosmetic sessions, eliminating the need for daily makeup applications or naps in a box of crayons. As she fills in brows and adds soft hues to lips, Medford carefully selects the shapes, colors, and designs that best complement skin color and features. Medford practices traditional makeup application techniques with her micropigments, as well as camouflaging scars and adding beauty marks. Her beauty repertoire also includes light- to medium-depth chemical peels, medical microdermabrasion, and ultrasonic facials.
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As the owners of The Art of Hair Salon, Hanh Tran and David LouSana share two concerns: helping their clients to progress in terms of beauty, and helping their stylists to progress in terms of knowledge. On most Mondays, Tran leads in-house classes that equip the salon's stylists with new skills and advanced techniques. The rest of the week is the stylists' proving ground, and they rise to their mentor's challenge by deftly chopping split ends, transforming hair color, and adding extra length with So.Cap. hair extensions. During these treatments—each of which includes a blow-dry and style—they rely on 100% certified organic hair color and products from Keratin+.
Not to be outdone, the salon's aestheticians wax away facial hair and enhance features with professional makeup applications. They tailor their treatments to individual clients, working with them to add seductive shades to eyelids and seductive mustaches to upper lips.
Mocha walls drench Amour Nails & Day Spa in a warm and welcoming tone that, perhaps not by coincidence, correlates with a few of the spa’s mani-pedis. For example, both men and women can sink into a cushy pedicure throne and enjoy the Ooh-la-Latte treatment, which hydrates skin with a chocolate-latte bath and a sugar scrub. Nail technicians also indulge hands and feet with a range of other tasty-sounding products, such as milk and honey to moisturize skin and green tea to protect it from free radicals.
While the main floor—dedicated to nailcare—bustles with the sounds of whirling footbaths and chitchatting manicurists, private spa rooms whisk clients into a relaxation oasis where they can obtain a facial, massage, or one of four salt and sugar scrubs and body wraps. The beauty team also conducts waxing treatments in the private rooms to remove hair from bodies.
Sunkissed Tan Spa’s arsenal of equipment and tanning services may seem daunting at first. But visitors need only look to the closest staff member for advice, since each one is certified by the National Tanning Training Institute, to know how each technique will affect the skin and which exposure times are right for each client. The UV lamps that line each Ergoline, Soltron, and Sunstar bed imbue natural, long-lasting color, while UV-free hues from Norvell and Mystic Tan booths keep skin safe from the sun’s rays and infectious John Denver tunes. And though the company specializes in tanning, its teeth-whitening services are hardly an afterthought—the swift smile-boosting power of the spa’s Zoom! and BlueMagic whitening systems made them the official teeth-whitening company of Miss Dallas 2009 and Miss Teen Dallas 2009.
Fresco Salon’s five-person team ranges from stylist Desiree, who stays abreast of the latest looks through continuing education, to cosmetologist Candy, who earned the nickname with her sweet disposition. The staff members' diversity reflects their diverse services. Desiree tends locks with custom trims and coloring tailored to clients’ face shapes, aided by products such as Bed Head Superstar or Curls Rock. Cosmetologists, meanwhile, wax away unwanted hair or tend skin with soothing products from brands such as Chi Organics Olive Nutrient Therapy, a botanical-filled line infused with essential oils and olive ingredients. Armed with a full spectrum of polish colors from OPI, Orly, and a bottle of melted Skittles, the two nail techs can paint natural nails or acrylics with vibrant hues.
A 20-year veteran of the beauty industry and a multi-talented aesthetician, Lisa "LaLa" Magee honed her manicuring craft at The Shirley Little Academy of Cosmetology and her hairstyling prowess at Mid-Cities Barber College and Dallas Barber & Stylist College before opening her namesake business. Unholstering high quality products from KeraCare and Cuccio Naturalé, LaLa pampers clients during an array of services, such as full highlights, razor shaves, and hot-oil manicures. The mane and nail mavens' routinely tote their notebooks along to continuing education workshops to keep abreast of the latest trends and techniques, such as using novelty ribbon-cutting scissors.