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.
Beauty Store Salon & Spa accentuates patrons' features with an archive of professional haircare products, cosmetics, skincare treatments, and boutique gifts. A staff of enthusiastic product specialists guides customers through aisles of accouterments to offer recommendations from 29 haircare lines, 8 nailcare designers, and a variety of bath and body products including Pre de Provence and Burt's Bees. OPI nail lacquers ensconce finger canvases in a spectrum of colors ($8.50), and MoroccanOil hair treatments infuse head gardens with antioxidants and vitamins to hydrate, strengthen, and revive strands ($40.80). Paul Mitchell shampoos ($7.99) and conditioners ($9.99) provide individualized care for specific types of hair, and Jane Iredale pure matte pressed finish powder graces pores with mineral foundations free of oil, dye, paraben, talc, and maple syrup ($36). In addition to body-beautifying products, Beauty Store Salon & Spa carries gift items including Trapp candles ($3.75), which fill living rooms with a sweet perfume packed with couch pheromones.
Even if you've had a Brazilian wax before, there's a good chance you'll be in for a pleasant surprise at The Pretty Kitty. The salon's aestheticians prefer using soft wax instead of hard wax, as the former is gentler on sensitive skin and makes a better bouncy ball. This minimizes pain and results in more effective hair removal?some sessions barely last 10 minutes.
Ever since the mid-1980s—when hair staged a revolution to overtake the human head—stylist Chelle Renee has dutifully kept the peace with her mane-manipulation services. Chelle can skillfully craft a precision cut suited to the individual's face shape and personality.
Set along a happening stretch of South Lamar in Austin, Topaz Salon is a cool, fun salon that doesn’t skew too far into hipster territory. Its décor and ambience is stylish and modern, but with enough classic touches to stay grounded and approachable to anyone just walking in. Concrete floors, warm-colored walls and clean, spacious stations make customers feel at home, and little touches like complimentary beer or mimosas and use of an iPad while you wait keep customers coming back in droves. Despite the open space, both men and women feel a touch of privacy in the chair during their cut, color, straightening, waxing or hair extensions.