Walking into Garden of Zen Day Spa feels like you’re entering an Asian paradise. You immediately notice bamboo plants, paper lanterns, folding screens and themed artwork, each piece setting the mood for some serious rejuvenation. Indulge in therapies and treatments designed to revitalize your whole body or improve skin damaged by sun, grime or the hand of time. Try the Signature Zen Facial, a combination of massage and masks; or opt for the Belavi Facelift Massage, a safe and effective way to tone aging skin. Nail services, waxing and tinting, microdermabrasion and men’s facials are also offered inside. Looking for a way to surprise your sweetheart? Splurge for a soothing, relaxing couple’s massage, a perfect prelude for romance.
A sextet of trend-spotting stylists pampers locks in Shear Headcase’s cozy cottage, where hanging art and live bamboo shimmer off polished wood floors. Beneath a canopy of backlit parasols, stylists first swaddle strands in a cleansing coat of shampoo from an opulent line of products from brands including Surface, Davines, and Woody's. Next, blow-driers impart the entire mane with the balanced glow of a judge's nightlight.
By the age of 10, Katie Sassen knew what she wanted: a career in the beauty business. She attended cosmetology school and went on to train at the Vidal Sassoon academy in Santa Monica, California. Sassen made a name for herself as a hairstylist in Hollywood, where she also discovered that she had a creative eye for fashion. She launched her own clothing line, which was sold in boutiques in Melrose, Beverly Hills, and Laguna Beach, before deciding to meld her love of hair and clothing design by opening Sassen Boutique & Hair Salon in Texas. She hasn't left all the glitz and glamour behind, however—Sassen travels to the West Coast every six–eight weeks to round up new apparel, including Spring 2012 looks that caught the eye of KEYE TV.
After appointments for services such as cuts, color, straightening treatments, or mani-pedis, guests can browse the boutique area for a whimsical straw sun hat or a pair of ballet flats. The crew can prepare arms and legs to wear one of the shop's one-shoulder dresses with an airbrush spray tan. The formula's active ingredient is DHA, a nontoxic sugar often derived from sugar beets, sugar cane, or recycled Candy Land boards.
From the comfort of cozy private treatment rooms, Bee Waxed Skin Care Spa's beauty experts help men and women achieve smooth, hairless skin from head to toe. Dedicated to staying up-to-date on current trends and techniques in the industry, aesthetician Cameron employs waxing and sugaring hair-removal services. In addition to filling the world with more streamlined humans, she offers five different styles of facials, ear candling, and spray-tan services.
Within the green and blue walls of Day Lily Hair and Nail Salon, guests sip complimentary beverages and peruse magazines as they await the start of spa services. Massaging pedicure thrones gently relax backs as technicians beautify toes with traditional or Shellac polish. Free WiFi access lets hairstylists' clients download images of their favorite celebrity ?dos or Fraggle Rock characters to inspire haircuts and color services. The crew also waxes away unwanted hair and customizes facials with Dr Irena Eris products.
Vickie Teague is a hairstylist at The Hills Salon & Spa, a full-service beauty stop where transformation is the goal. From the comfort of her styling station, she taps into more than two decades of experience, as well as an artistic eye, to craft trendy haircuts accented by dimension-enhancing colors. Another one of her specialties is taming unruly hair?be it afflicted with frizz, split ends, or static?with chemical treatments.
Elsewhere in the salon, Amy's Skin Spa invites clients to a welcoming retreat. Amy Dixon, the spa?s aesthetician, deals with blemishes and renders skin as radiant as a blushing jack-o'-lantern with facials, peels, and dermaplaning treatments. The Hills Salon & Spa also offers mani-pedis with reflexology add-ons and eyelash extensions.