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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AllWell Alliance's fleet of facilities pampers visitors with a cornucopia of services that includes holistic wellness sessions, fitness classes, and beautifying treatments. Though pricing varies depending on location, guests can ditch shaggy locks or parched skin with various salon and spa services ($8–$300) or begin working on their realistic hourglass costume for next Halloween with body-contouring sessions ($50–$350). Personal training and fitness classes ($15–$300)—such as yoga, boot camp, kickboxing, and Zumba—help ignite calorie bonfires that are then doused by muscle-rewarding massages ($40–$150). In addition, All Well Alliance directs torsos toward chiropractors ($25–$60/visit), acupuncturists ($25–$60/visit) and mental-health professionals for counseling or hypnosis ($50+/visit).