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.
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.
In cosmetology school, MieleDolce founder Luis Iturralde let his fellow students wax him for a class demonstration. His allergic reaction to the chemical wax made it a demonstration of more than proper waxing technique; his brief modeling gig also showed the importance of beauty treatments that avoid irritating skin. Iturralde carried this lesson to his spa, MieleDolce, where the staff sidestep chemical waxes in favor of threading or electrolysis.
The center’s specialty, however, consists of extending hair: its semipermanent silk and mink lash extensions come in a variety of lengths and curvatures, and technicians ensure a natural look by attaching them hair by hair. Additional services range from slimming body wraps infused with aloe vera and herbs to micro skin needling, an anti-aging treatment that can combat wrinkles, scarring, and signs of playing rugby in a crawlspace.
Rub Massage Austin’s owner, nationally certified massage therapist Glen Taylor, expunges tension nestled within sinews and stress-addled minds via custom massages inside a newly minted studio space. During each lengthy massage, Glen layers a number of advanced techniques—including deep tissue, trigger point, and myofascial release—atop a sturdy foundation of Swedish-massage techniques to craft a one-of-a-kind massage customized to each client’s personal needs. Ideal for those with active lifestyles, such as athletes, dancers, and life-size hamster-ball testers, Glen’s curative blitzkrieg of fierce strokes and deep stretches deftly melts muscles while easing crippling aches and bolstering range of motion.
You can restore stressed complexions clogged with everyday damages at this locally owned space. Using pure, plant-based, cow-milk-free products from Aveda, you'll be treated to the one-hour Results Focus Facial. An expert, friendly aesthetician will first consult with you to determine skin type before designing a completely customized treatment with personalized products, essential oils, and facial techniques. There are four categories of facial, including Infinity Nature (for normal to dry skin), Air Nature (for dehydrated and older skin), Fire Nature (for irritated skin), and Earth/Water Nature (for normal to oily skin). The treatment will help alleviate environmental damage and signs of stress stemming from accidentally enrolling in medical school.
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.