Dana Williams knew she wanted a job that healed people, but, unsure of what that job could be, told herself she needed a sign. She found that sign, literally, in an Austin School of Massage Therapy billboard. A licensed massage therapist since 1994, she practices Swedish, deep-tissue, relaxation, and sports massage. An athlete herself who's finished the Austin Marathon multiple times, Dana knows the importance of recovering from such strenuous activities. She's also come to realize that many of her clients are touch-starved, so caught up in their professional and personal obligations that they forget to take care of themselves. She emphasizes this aspect of her practice, and often finds herself working with pregnant women, the elderly, chronic pain sufferers, caregivers, and abuse survivors.
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.
The staff at Darque Tan learned the science of tanning through Smart Tan certification, which they rely on to design efficient, safe regimes for each client's skin type. Five levels of PCTan beds and booths can bronze skin with as few as 12 minutes of UV exposure while enveloping skin in cooling mist. Automated airbrush tanning in VersaSpa or Mystic Tan booths create even, natural-looking color that masks scars and stretch marks. Darque Tan's pursuit of convenience is further exemplified with business hours that span seven days a week, a minimum of 20 beds per location, and rec rooms where kids can read and watch TV. A crew of professional cleaners details each of the facilities according to a rigorous 50-point inspection and tips gleaned from reading Mr. Clean's LiveJournal.
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.
James Strife began his hair career by apprenticing at a Dallas salon dubbed one of America's Top 100 by Elle magazine. After getting certified in cutting and coloring hair, his curriculum vitae expanded to include styling hair for Oscar de la Renta runway shows and for TV shows such as Made. Now Strife brings his experience to his own salon, where men and women can get their hair cut, enhanced with highlights and toner, or made glamorous with balayage streaks or smoothing Brazilian blowouts.