Evie Evan’s beauty specialists take pride in proffering a line of skincare and cosmetic products designed to suit a diverse range of needs and educating customers in proper application and long-term aesthetic health. Skin sullied by dirt and defects is purified with the clean pore-clearing cleanser ($26), a mug-mollifying medley of tea tree oil, yucca, and willow-bark that targets acne without leaving the surrounding skin flaky or covered in stickers. The men’s vitamin C face and body wash ($20.34), leaves dudes looking smooth and smelling sweet as it corrects sun damage and purifies pores with refreshing citrus extracts, and the crystal clarity microdermabrasion crème leaves skin of either sex looking soft and polished with help from volcanic micro crystals ($35). Should fresh faces crave a splash of color, patrons can abandon their finger paints and trade up to an Evie Evan eye-shadow trio, which includes a perfectly paired liner, contour color, and highlight color ($19). Or, use a new 100% vegan brush set ($125) to paint cheeks with a rosy color swirl blush ($30), available in several illustrious hues ripe with the timeless allure of earthy landscapes, warm sunsets, and half-eaten watermelons.
Suede Salon's expert crew professionally prunes head pelts, infusing classic techniques with cutting-edge services inside the Bumble and bumble studio. During a mane treatment, a stylist shears superfluous hair with a skilled scissor flourish, which includes a consultation, soothing scalp massage, shampoo, style, and twisted balloon representation of Grover Cleveland ($70 value). Beauty buffs then prescribe a deep-conditioning treatment, selecting from the Mending, Quenching, and Curl Conscious Nourishing masks ($58 value each), which tend to gnarled fluff, fostering strong, soft, and manageable manes of all textures. Finally, festoon lackluster locks with feather extensions (2 feathers at $25 value each) tethered to natural follicles with microlinks and diamond-studded collars.
The front doors of Skin Spa Austin Lounge open to a studio with an industrial yet comforting aesthetic, where sunlight spills in through the broad windows and warms the exposed-brick walls and bronze-colored floor. Within this space that both celebrates and seals out the savage urban jungle, aestheticians and massage therapists tend to guests with à la carte and packaged spa services that span facials, massage, waxing, and even LED teeth whitening. Skin Spa's staff prefers organic and pharmaceutical-grade products, stocking lines such as HydroPeptide that teem with active enzymes and botanical extracts.
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.
It wasn’t a coincidence that Aziz Salon and Day Spa was named after the word for “dear friend” or “loved one.” Since its inception in 1973, Aziz has been treating its clients as treasured friends, personably pampering and beautifying them. Knowledgeable and affable staff members take their time with each client as they cut and color hair, blanket nails in dazzling hues, or affix Xtreme eyelash extensions for Xtreme Prom, which involves jumping dirt bikes over limos. Also a testament to its concern and care for its clients is the salon’s use of renowned product lines such as Kérastase, CosMedix, and ZENT, which harness natural ingredients such organic shea butter to gently soothe skin and hair.
Stylists at the full-service Wild Orchid Salon sculpt the hair of men, women, and children with paraben-free products, ending each session with a complimentary scalp massage. Kevin Murphy haircare products line the shelves ready for salon use or sale, each infused with essential oils, plant extracts, and natural antioxidants. Lanza deep-conditioning treatments hydrate dry strands, and color and highlights from Wella revive dull hues as patrons lounge in leather-upholstered styling chairs.
In addition to cuts and color, stylists smooth frizz with keratin treatments and add length and volume to manes with Hotheads extensions. Full-length mirrors framed in black wood reflect newly beautified tresses or the approving nods of potted orchids perched atop wooden drawers.