Aloha Wellness Center strives to be a relaxing getaway for patients to heal from injuries, increase their mobility, or simply recover from everyday stress. After beginning a career as an engineer, William English, DC, now owns Aloha Wellness Center, where he and his team counteract the debilitating effects of scar tissue caused by injuries and daily stresses. They take a multifaceted approach, treating a variety of painful conditions with gentle touch chiropractic adjustments, rehabilitative protocols, and massage therapy to help patients achieve proper alignment and balance. Dr. English has treated a wide variety of patients, from professional athletes, to individuals seeking greater mobility and patients wanting to heal following an injury, and relays his recommendations for healthy living during Ultimate Lifestyle Workshops in the community.
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in anatomy and becoming a doctor of chiropractic, Dr. English studied the Graston technique as part of his postgraduate training. This technique utilizes a stainless-steel instrument to break down muscular restrictions. He and his staff also loosen connective tissues with rehabilitative therapy such as myofascial release, active release, and advanced stretching techniques.
As a child, Kathleen Abernathy watched in admiration as her grandmother skillfully styled her clients' hair and applied artful swoops of color on their eyelids and cheeks. Abernathy remembers, "She was a beautiful and sweet woman and I aspired to be like her." So Abernathy did just that—she followed her grandmother's footsteps into the world of haircare.
Today, Abernathy backs each service with more than 25 years of salon experience, including training in cutting and coloring techniques from such brands as Redken, Matrix, Chi, and Goldwell. Specializing in color and color correction, her ongoing approach is to make her clients feel "comfortable in their own hair." She carefully listens to each individual to determine a look that fits best with their lifestyles, personalities, and height of their evil stepmothers' tower windows. Abernathy participates in ongoing training to keep her skills sharp and her shelves stocked with up-to-date products, including ammonia-free Redken Chromatics four-dimensional color and Mizani relaxers.
Occupying one of three private rooms in a Merle Norman store, Abernathy gives each client personalized attention, along with sips of coffee or hot tea. In addition to hairstyling, she provides professional makeup services for weddings, proms, and disguising embarrassing tattoos before family reunions; she uses the Merle Norman line of cosmetics.
You might call Paul Jones, managing partner of Elements Laser Spa, a bit of a technology junkie. He worked in the semiconductors industry for years, making equipment for manufacturers in Silicon Valley before deciding to fly solo. He created a company that used lasers to inspect the surface of semiconductor wafers and the insides of sandwich cookies. Jones then collaborated with a group of orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists to found what has become one of the leading rehabilitation clinics in the Austin area.
It's no surprise, then, that his latest endeavor—two hip, welcoming laser spas—have taken home four Best of CitySearch awards: in the laser-hair-removal category in 2009 and 2010, and in the hair-removal category in 2011 and 2013. Jones has chosen medical directors who match his zeal for innovation, namely plastic surgeon Dr. Vishnu Rumalla and Dr. Shirat Ling, an expert in medical aesthetic procedures. The staff of certified technicians uses Venus Freeze to tighten skin and reduce wrinkles, Zerona lasers to noninvasively reduce stubborn fat, and advanced Candela systems to remove hair, spider veins, and sun spots.
One morning as Ann Marie was curling her lashes before school, the phone rang. Instead of putting down her eyelash curler, she held it in place as she walked toward the phone, but then tripped over a book and pulled most of her lashes out. Shaken and stirred to action by the incident, she began researching remedies and discovered permanent eyelash extensions. The event inspired her to open Princess Lashes, a beauty boutique where Ann Marie not only augments clients’ lash lines but also certifies other aestheticians in the art of extensions, an art that can be applied during tax season and when trying to make one’s child eligible for the NBA.
Mike Williams realized the power of movement while sitting completely still. He was 10 years old, watching the The Karate Kid, when he found inspiration in Ralph Macchio?s stunning high kicks. Thus began his journey into the world of martial arts, which led him through Chinese kenpo, Brazilian jiujitsu, kickboxing, and more. After a detour into the sedentary world of finance, Williams returned to his passion for movement, but in a different capacity?he began to help others increase their range of motion through Rolfing, a manual physical therapy. Geared toward the connective tissue, or fascia, Rolfing begins at the body?s surface and transitions to deeper tissues over the course of a treatment series, which can be as few as two treatments or, more commonly, a progression of roughly 10 sessions. Ultimately, Williams uses the therapy to integrate the musculoskeletal and nervous systems into a cohesive whole, which can alleviate ailments from poor posture to having to cart around your skeleton in a sidecar.
At Trisha Leslie Skincare, all it takes to shrink wrinkles is a light. The LED pulsed light used during Revitalight light therapy shines over the skin in a polychromatic sequence, sending rays of various wavelengths deep into the skin. These rays heat the skin not only to impart it with a fresh glow, but also to expand cells so that they fill fine lines and leave the skin looking smoother. The Revitalight treatment represents many of the skincare options offered at Trisha Leslie, though the staff blends both these high-tech tools and basic techniques to help rejuvenate the skin. The oxygen facial mists the skin in its namesake element, and the LamProbe eliminates surface imperfections, such as whiteheads, broken capillaries, and the barcodes that your parents forgot to remove when they bought you. An all-natural tint made of vegetables helps darken eyelashes. The staff also specializes in exfoliating chemical peels, men’s skincare, makeup applications, and waxing.
It’s said you can spot a Texan woman by her flawlessly coiffed hair. It’s no surprise then that Austin comes packed with high-end salons, each ready to tease, color, and trim hair into a perfect blowout. But when entrusting your hair to a stylist, its important to find one who suits both your style and budget.
At Urban Betty, the stylists mix edgy looks with vintage touches to create retro-inspired ‘dos. The staff exclusively uses Bumble & Bumble and Pureology products to prep hair, allowing them to have the perfectly textured canvas for their chic cuts, subtle highlights, and smoothing keratin treatments. Their retro-hip attitude can be found throughout the salon’s shabby chic interior, with colorful rays streaming through the stained glass windows to highlight posters of pinup girl style icons and bubbly glasses of complimentary wine or beer. Their mix of down-homey charm and haute ‘50s style has helped them earn the title of The Austin Chronicle’s best of salons in both 2008 and 2010 and one of the best 200 salons in the nation by Salon Today magazine.
At nearby Jose Luis, internationally-lauded stylist Jose Buitron instructs all of his team in his signature method of cutting. He has honed his high-fashion European style over 30 years, and his works has earned him a spot in the Intercoiffure-Mondial group for the world’s best stylists. His cuts, which have been most famously seen in Parisian Armani runway shows, can be pared down for daily wear, and can be accented by inventive color treatments in the latest styles.
For clients who desire a natural approach, the stylists at Milk + Honey salon use Aveda, Wella, and sulfate-free DevaCurl products to shape and color hair. The salon, which has been named one of Elle’s Top 100 Salons, works to engage all the senses during treatments. Soft music plays as stylists gently caress and massage scalps during Aveda scalp therapy treatments or blowout sessions, creating a blissful experience enhanced by the salon’s soothing artwork. The stylists have become so trusted by their clients, they now have a full-time bridal coordinator on staff to help ease appointments for clients choosing the salon as the way they want to start their wedding day.
For a slightly edgier look without attempting disastrous cuts at home, the hip stylists at Method Hair can help add a unique flair to hair. Their alternative styles have been featured in Bust, won them acclaim in Elle’s top 100 salons, and helped them win Lucky Magazine’s favorite salon in Texas. Stylists are adept at everything from bright swirls of color in hair, fishtail braids for everyday wear, and funky cuts that show off clients’ style and features. When not lengthening hair for a boho style, they can chop away locks for chic pixie crops or frame faces in pin-up bangs for a rockabilly glam. Stylists are also adept at creating hip pompadours and styles for men, offering both sexes a chance to show off their style from their heads down.