At Lashes de Bella, aesthetician and lash specialist Michelle Flores augments sparse eye lines with volumizing lash extensions that are bonded in place one lash at a time. NovaLash medical-grade adhesive grounds the extensions, which range from synthetic styles to a high-gloss faux-mink fringe whose curled design is more lightweight than an invisible man's photo album. Because ocular enhancements keep time with lashes' natural life cycle, clients often schedule touchup appointments two, three, or four weeks after initial applications to keep peepers primped. Flores also de-fuzzes pelts with face and body waxing, from meticulous brow and lip pruning to full leg deforestation and design Brazilians.
Once visitors pass through the teal door and step into Excellence In Touch, a tranquil space decorated with purple walls, bright paper lanterns, and a gurgling fountain helps guests transition from the busy city outside to the calm that massages, reiki, and reflexology treatments promote. Licensed massage therapist Kathy Casey opened the office as a place to both provide her services and teach students the healing possibilities of touch. A Reiki Master with certification to work at all three levels of integrated energy therapy, she believes that massage and similar treatments hold physical and emotional benefits such as stress reduction, muscle-ache relief, and being able to see through walls. She offers many modalities of massage as well as neuromuscular therapy, reflexology, chakra balancing, myofascial release, and energy therapies. She also teaches reiki, massage, and reflexology, with classes for two aiming to make learning and practicing more fun.
Soothing music and hints of aromatherapy float through the air at Beyond Beauty Day Spa, where a duo of aestheticians and a licensed massage therapist rejuvenate both mind and body. A deep turquoise color saturates the walls, creating a calm environment similar to that of an ocean-side patio or getting trapped inside a Tiffany box.
Aestheticians Amy and Olga, who have 16 and 40 years of experience, respectively, perform nine custom facials, reviving skin with everything from rosemary and basil to gentle hyaluronic-acid serums. They can also remove unwanted hair with waxing or sugaring techniques, as well as dress up nails during spa manicures and pedicures. Meanwhile, Veronica, the massage therapist, distributes her skills across backs and shoulders by means of Swedish, deep-tissue, and neuromuscular sessions that can last between 15 and 90 minutes.
Julie Ton approaches skin care like a scientist. She knows that the health of skin is subject to both internal and external factors alike, and so she works with clients to identify and address the factors in their own lives. Going beyond the scope of a typical aesthetician, Julie pairs every facial with plenty of conversation, as she both consults with, and educates, the client in her care. Once she identifies the lifestyle and genetic factors influencing a guests' skin health, including sleeping habits, daily water consumption, and propensity for wearing Groucho glasses, she's able to tailor her services and recommendations. She also offers guidance on how to maintain that post-facial glow. In addition to facials, microdermabrasions, peels, and other pore-pleasing treatments, Julie waxes away unwanted hair and applies makeup.
Heather Gordon draws upon years of education and professional experience in microdermabrasion, facials, spray tanning, and applying tints to brows and lashes. She also uses an organic DHA solution from Austin-based New Gorgeous to help clients achieve their perfect glows in spray tans, each of which is customized to the client's skin tone and desired shade. Gordon also educates her clients on skincare, shepherding them toward custom regimens that they can follow at home.
Amid leafy foliage and tribal art adorning earth-toned walls, Austin Laser Clinic's experienced physician and laser technicians wield beams during aesthetic treatments. Led by medical director Dr. Joanne Davis—who got her start in laser application by volunteering for a nonprofit that removed gang-related tattoos—the experienced team tends to patients in private treatment rooms. There, lasers work to evict unwanted hair or spider veins. The clinic specializes in tattoo removal, erasing, reducing, or correcting unwanted designs or out-of-date treasure maps.