When Martha Millan says, "Beauty shouldn't hurt," she's not peddling a slogan—her first job in the beauty industry literally caused her pain. Working at an upscale salon, her exposure to common hair and makeup products triggered hives and headaches. While searching for more natural goods for personal use, her research revealed unsettling truths about many industry product lines that often use irritating perfumes to mask the underlying odors of harsh chemicals. Feeling that everyone should have the opportunity to look beautiful without fear of harming health, she bought a salon and transformed it into Salon O Day Spa.
Amid Salon O Day's industrial decor, Millan and her team of stylists, aestheticians, and a massage therapist use products so natural that some are even edible, though Millan imagines the taste would leave something to be desired: barbecue sauce. Among the array of certified-organic, not-tested-on-animals, gluten- and chemical-free products, Millan's favorites include Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare, developed by an American physician who advocates against overexfoliation. For hair, stylists use products from lines including Surface Hair and Organic Color Systems, and during nail services, technicians use natural products from SpaRitual in tandem with scrubs made in-house from ingredients bought at a local co-op.
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.
Within a luxurious spa suite at Grapevine Salons, Candy Smith funnels her 23 years of nail styling experience into refining fingernails and toenails during appointments that focus on nail health and personal style. Candy fashions digits with a kaleidoscope of OPI shades and can lengthen nails with colorful acrylic tips, creating graceful, shapely fingers for events, interviews, or competitive finger-drumming competitions.
Iris Salon has several signature services, including a facial that blends customized skincare with a massage, and a manicure that incorporates sugar exfoliation, a paraffin treatment, and a moisturizing mask. However, the service menu doesn't list the salon's true signature: its welcoming atmosphere. While stylists remodel coiffures, clients can sip complimentary coffee or soda, flip through an array of magazines, or decode cryptic messages in a shampoo bottle's list of ingredients. With amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, Iris Salon builds an accommodating setting where visitors can highlight their hair, soothe their skin, and polish their fingers and toes.
Madelaine’s eye for color and style is as sharp as her scissors, but her best styling tool may be her ears. Before revamping her clients’ look with intuitive cuts, texturizing services, or corrective color services, she carefully listens to their wildest hair dreams and desires.
An independent stylist, Madelaine stays on the cutting edge of fashion, though owns a respect for classic styles. This appreciation for timeless appeal is visible in the salon itself, which is nestled in a historic home flecked with antique furniture.
The hands are the astronauts of the body—the first explorers to make contact with any matter in your orbit—and the feet are the blazing rockets that propel you into space. Take care of your trustworthy space objects with today's Groupon to Polish Nail Spa: $40 for an essential mani and ultimate pedi (a $73 value). This deal doesn't just spiff up your hands and feet, it invigorates the senses with a bouquet of essential oils and the underutilized arts of hand and foot massage. What She Says: “Girl, we deserve this day for ourselves!” What She Means: I deserve pampering; you deserve my scornful eye, you wretched pile of decrepitude.