Viva Day Spa?s owners focus on providing all the services and amenities one would expect from a luxurious spa without an ounce of pretentiousness. At both of the spa?s locations, staffers never turn their noses up?the spa was named Best Spa by the Austin Chronicle in 2012 and tied for best in 2011. The staff engages clients with this down-to-earth attitude as they prepare them for massages, facials, and other spa treatments?all of which are administered by award-winning therapists armed with natural and organic products. Both Viva Day Spa locations feature an upscale, modern decor rife with wood accents, and the Lamar location displays perky plants and colorful flowers, as well as whimsical yellow puffy orb lights, natural sunlight, and arched doorways with intricate wood carvings. One of its walls showcases a large expanse of lettering that gives ?suggestions on how to live a happy and rewarding life,? and there?s even a round room with a curved, pillow-topped bench circumscribing its curved wall. With warm, almost romantic lighting and rich mocha-colored walls, the spa is anything but sterile and cold. The female-owned spa works to accommodate people?s hectic schedules by staying open seven days a week until 8 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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Brands Used: Paul Mitchell, Aquage, It's a 10, Sebastian, Indie
Good for Kids: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Metered street parking
Pro Tip: Book online. Allow ample time for parking.
What's the biggest mistake you see clients make when they style their hair at home?
Often, clients won't use the correct products?any products?to style their hair. And then they wonder why hair looks or behaves differently when they are at home. Not using the recommended products is like going to the doctor, getting a prescription, and not using it. As a hairstylist, I am giving you the prescription to create the style you want.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Walk-ins are not accepted.