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.
Veteran stylist William Edge wields 20 years of experience as a platform artist and world traveler to lead the staff at his eponymous family of salons, spread across Texas and Tennessee. At each location, teams brandish an arsenal of all-natural Aveda products forged from plants and environmentally friendly ingredients found across the globe. Equipped with such powerful conditioning and coloring supplies, they curtail unruly locks with shaping, shading, and retexturing services, and enhance radiant tresses with spa services, such as massages, facials, and makeup applications. Additionally, the salons' seasoned crew helps hone future stylists' skills at Prodedgy, its own training salon for emerging talent.
Co-owners Michelle and Celeste, whose friendship began when their sons played basketball together, decided to open Blinq Lash & Brow Boutique after discovering a shared interest in cosmetology. The boutique specializes in eyelash and eyebrow enhancements, including threading, tinting, and three levels of eyelash extensions meticulously applied one synthetic lash at a time. Each of Blinq’s licensed aestheticians and cosmetologists undergoes extensive training in lash- and brow-sculpting techniques to create eyes that can hail a cab with a single wink. The contemporary salon exudes feminine grace with its soft beige walls, scintillating chandelier, and small alcove of boutique clothing and accessories.
Artistic by nature, Ujamaa Shelton initially pursued a career in photography. Then, economic forces nudged him toward a change. As he pondered his future, Shelton realized that his passion for creativity and his desire to help others was perfectly suited to massage therapy. Shelton earned his massage license and promptly opened Myokneads with his wife, Kim Higgs. Today, the duo kneads sinews using Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point massage techniques at their private studio, in their clients' homes, and at the top of human pyramids. In addition to tailoring his sessions with stretching, Shelton creates his own music to encourage clients' relaxation.
Great Skin Spa & Skincare's experienced aestheticians fight complexion imperfections, from blemishes to wrinkles, with nonsurgical spa treatments. Staffers analyze each client's skin to determine the most beneficial products as well as dole out instructions on how to maintain a healthy face between appointments. Chemical peels and resurfacing procedures slough away layers of dull cells, and gentle microcurrents lift and firm facial muscles better than a microscopic Bowflex. Waxing treatments leave skin silky smooth, and makeup applications enhance natural beauty for weddings, proms, and other special events.
The staff at Why Knot Massage strive to create a tranquil environment conducive to total relaxation. They use training in a number of modalities—including deep-tissue massage, sports massage, and reflexology—to ease clients' muscle tension and help reduce conditions such as high blood pressure or anxiety. They also employ hot stones and hot-towel foot scrubs to deepen a session's therapeutic benefits. They also travel to local offices for chair massages, which can improve employee morale and reduce the number of stress-ball-related finger strain.