With the laid back attitude of the city, it’s easy to take one's appearance for granted, but occasionally it’s nice to spice it up a bit, which is where the expert Austin hair salons and beauty salons come to the rescue.
An Austin fixture since 1991, Maximum FX first gained notice on the local style scene when they began holding shows at downtown clubs. Originally located on Guadalupe, the shop now wows clients with two salons, on South Congress and in Escarpment Village. Their service begins with an invigorating scalp massage and a pre-cut consultation. Nail, skin care, and makeup services are also offered. Located on North Lamar, Jackson Ruiz Salon promises to “reinvent” its clients with such services as basic makeup application, a special makeup makeover, and free makeup consultation and “finishing touch”. The salon has appeared in the pages of Vogue, Glamour, and Harper’s Bazaar. At the other end of Lamar, the Topaz Salon keeps things simple, yet hip at their trendy shop; this means their clients get a beer or a mimosa and an iPad to play with while they wait. Topaz staff and clients skew toward the younger end of the spectrum, which means there might be some eye-catching dye jobs or a slick retro rockabilly style leaving the shop.
Although the Austin sun can do a pretty good job of tanning, there is always the possibility of getting burned while being outside. For a tan without the burn, try Hush Hush Tan on Sixth Street (they bronze up the Capital City Dancers), Austin Tanning which offers four levels of tanning, and Bronzen Austin which offers airbrush tanning as a health-conscious alternative. Austin Tanning and Bronzen Tanning both have several locations. Whether it’s a special occasion or “just because”, the beauty, tanning and hair salons in Austin help transform people into the best they can be.