Even if you've had a Brazilian wax before, there's a good chance you'll be in for a pleasant surprise at The Pretty Kitty. The salon's aestheticians prefer using soft wax instead of hard wax, as the former is gentler on sensitive skin and makes a better bouncy ball. This minimizes pain and results in more effective hair removal—some sessions barely last 10 minutes.
Darque Tan's arsenal of beds, booths, and nourishing lotions infuses visiting bodies with sun-kissed color. Along with at least 20 tanning beds, each location brims with tan-savvy staff members—each certified through the International Smart Tan Network—who can work with you to customize a program based on your tanning goals, skin type, and relation to black-and-white movie starlets. A dedicated full-time cleaning staff regularly runs through a 50-point inspection process between sessions, helping to create a sanitary tanning experience and keep clients from warming up 6-foot-long paninis during appointments.
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.
Owner Jodi Holtz personally trains all of the staff at The Waxing Studio in a patent-pending, six-step waxing technique that efficiently rids skin of unwanted hair. 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).