After rubbing elbows with talented experts, Krista Curry became the creative director of Textures Salon. Now she pours 20 years of experience into her team of stylists, who sculpt tresses with products by Redken and American Crew. Before beginning any of their services––which range from cuts and color to keratin treatments and bridal up-dos––they welcome men, women, and children into their orange, box-shaped styling chairs and warn them not to touch the shiny red eject button.
For stylist Nanci Griffin, color is a passion. At Maison de Beaute, she combines her enthusiasm with training and years of experience to transform ‘dos with color, styling, and texturizing treatments, which can be preceded by a complimentary consultation. Her cuts for men and women can be finished in an hour or less, and 15-minute bang trims are performed free of charge.
Both a mobile tanning service and a one-stop bronzing hotspot, Rock & Sol imbues clients’ skin with natural, deeper color without using harmful UV rays. During 10- to 15-minute tailored airbrush sessions, technicians first custom-blend a solution to match each client’s current and desired skin tones. Next, a technician applies two coats evenly over the body, resulting in a coppery glow that, like the Statue of Liberty's original bronze finish, lasts approximately 7–10 days. The odorless, organic, and alcohol-free solution employs an FDA-approved sugarcane derivative called DHA, which reacts with epidermal cells to darken their natural pigment. In addition to their storefront, Rock & Sol also operates a mobile tanning service, journeying to homes, offices, or aquariums in the Austin area to tan gaggles of friends or help albino goldfish finally fit in at school.
Addicted to Glamour's staff wants to help their clients create their ideal look. To do so, the licensed aestheticians offer chic haircuts and rich color services, along with full-body waxing and sugaring and deluxe nail services. Specializing in intricate nail art, the nail technicians can create almost any design, from cheetah-printed artificial nails to tiny hearts drawn over a gel manicure.
Not content with ever falling behind, Gunner Jay Salon's stylists constantly study the beauty industry's newest trends and techniques so that they can provide their clients with confident, professional care. The team members work with products by brands such as Evolvh, Holistix, and Artego, which they also sell in the salon's retail section. A precision haircut can create a flattering new look by styling wayward strands and incorporating layers into hairstyles. Coloring and texturizing treatments can create even more dramatic change by adding depth, dimension, and definition. Virtually every service includes a consultation so that the stylist can learn more about clients' desired look as well as their preferred pronunciation of the word "caramel."
Though their spa’s name might suggest otherwise, five is the most important number to the nail technicians at 620’s Nails & Spa. They focus on one hand or foot at a time, softening skin and grooming cuticles before brushing a glossy coat of standard or Shellac polish across all five nails. Along with their traditional manicures and pedicures, they apply CND Solar Nails during a two-step process similar to a French manicure. These chip-resistant coverings can last for up to three weeks without refills, much like a soda sipped once every seven hours. The spa doesn’t just specialize in nail services—a staff composed of aestheticians and massage therapists clears complexions with European facials and soothes muscles with Swedish and deep-tissue massages.