Ever since the mid-1980s—when hair staged a revolution to overtake the human head—stylist Chelle Renee has dutifully kept the peace with her mane-manipulation services. Chelle can skillfully craft a precision cut suited to the individual's face shape and personality.
Set along a happening stretch of South Lamar in Austin, Topaz Salon is a cool, fun salon that doesn’t skew too far into hipster territory. Its décor and ambience is stylish and modern, but with enough classic touches to stay grounded and approachable to anyone just walking in. Concrete floors, warm-colored walls and clean, spacious stations make customers feel at home, and little touches like complimentary beer or mimosas and use of an iPad while you wait keep customers coming back in droves. Despite the open space, both men and women feel a touch of privacy in the chair during their cut, color, straightening, waxing or hair extensions.
Hervé Lapuente was born in Paris, France, but he spent most of his childhood following his stylist parents as they roamed the world crafting coiffures. Taking up the family business, Lapuente trained in France, led seminars in more than 20 countries for hairstyling behemoth Rusk, and opened three salons in Austin. Now settled into the intimate West Austin house where he opened Atelier Hervé, the master stylist crafts 'dos for clients while conversing with them in English, French, or Spanish.
Though Lapuente followed his singular focus around the globe, fellow stylist Delma Mays has taken a circuitous route to hair mastery, studying aerospace engineering and business management before landing in the world of styling. Mixing mathematical prowess with carefully honed artistry, Mays carefully combines products to create memorable hues while leaving locks vibrant and healthy. Warm wooden floors and delicate iron chandeliers lend the Atelier a welcoming air, aided by natural, preservative-free light, demure couches, and local art.
In 2011, 2012, and 2013, Citysearch named Bella Salon and Spa the place for the best haircut. As part of the salon's team of expert coif crafters, Kelsey Hansen snips strands into custom dos from pixie cuts to bobs. Highlights and smoothing and straightening treatments further transform locks during appointments. In addition, extensions are available for those looking for a glamorous new do or to shame the neighborhood bearded collies.
All stylists who join the Bradz family have to prove themselves, displaying their skills as a New Talent for several months before graduating. Yet both in training and as part of the main staff, these beauty professionals treat clients to healthy hair, skin, and body services infused with plant-based Aveda products. Seasoned aestheticians chat with clients to set a skin-specific course of action for custom facials. Stylists groomed with weekly education augment traditional cut and color services, relaxing guests with a scalp massage and a complimentary style from blow dryers that whisper inspiring mantras.
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).