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.
Jodi Holtz, the owner of The Waxing Studio, has over 20 years of experience, and she imparts her wisdom by personally training all of the staff at the locally-owned salon. This crew has performed more than 200,000 depilatory treatments since the studio's founding in 2006, using a custom-made organic wax that leaves neither sticky residue nor glitter deposits behind. They wax nearly any area of men's and women's anatomy during sessions that last only about 15?30 minutes.
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).
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.
Soothing music and hints of aromatherapy float through the air at Beyond Beauty Day Spa, where a duo of aestheticians and a licensed massage therapist rejuvenate both mind and body. A deep turquoise color saturates the walls, creating a calm environment similar to that of an ocean-side patio or getting trapped inside a Tiffany box.
Aestheticians Amy and Olga, who have 16 and 40 years of experience, respectively, perform nine custom facials, reviving skin with everything from rosemary and basil to gentle hyaluronic-acid serums. They can also remove unwanted hair with waxing or sugaring techniques, as well as dress up nails during spa manicures and pedicures. Meanwhile, Veronica, the massage therapist, distributes her skills across backs and shoulders by means of Swedish, deep-tissue, and neuromuscular sessions that can last between 15 and 90 minutes.
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.