As its name implies, Transitions Salon is all about change?but only the kind of change that complements clients' preexisting beauty. The salon's stylists can expertly cut and highlight hair of all types, but they always take time at the beginning of appointments to ask for their clients' input. This is important, as their color treatments can dramatically change any look by covering up grays and shifting blond shades to full-on palomino.
At the helm of Wake Up…With MakeUp! is Barbara Strafella, a 20-year beauty-industry veteran who knows how to renew visages with treatments tailored to each individual’s skin ailments. After sleuthing around skin for impurities, the specialist begins a deep cleansing to rid pores of dirt, oil, and whac-a-moles. While skin gorges on the epidermal desserts that arrive inside the custom-formulated mask, the aesthetician’s lithe fingers dance a relaxation-inducing number across T-zones and necks. To top off the visage refurbishment, under-eyes don a potent vitamin C mask for 10 minutes in order to brighten the sensitive skin surrounding peepers and ward off optical scurvy.
At Absolute Chiropractic & Massage, two schools of health join forces to become that much more powerful. The chiropractic and massage services treat a wide range of ailments, including neck pain, sciatica, headaches, and low back pain. And though those ailments may be the most common, chiropractor Joseph Mazzeo knows that no two conditions are exactly alike. Therefore, he addresses each pain complaint with custom treatment plans, instead of the same stress-ball squeezing schedule. The same goes for massage therapist Kelly Pomphrey, who adjusts her pressure and areas of focus according to her patients? needs during Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages.
Hairdressing runs in his blood. As a third-generation stylist, Jeff—the owner and director of Gemmette Hair Studios—not only loved hair from a young age but acted on his passion and began working in the industry at the age of 15. He then went on to attend the Vidal Sassoon school in London before garnering enough skills to become a color specialist and educator for Paul Mitchell. Now Jeff shares his endless love for hair not only with his clients but with his team of stylists at both Gemmette Hair Studio locations. Under Jeff's tutelage, each stylist much complete the salon's training program before working their way through the ranks of junior, senior, and designer stylist. And, even after all that training, the group still shows offs their hunger to learn by mastering the latest hair trends and techniques through continuing-education courses.
Along with precision cuts for adults and kids, Japanese hair-straightening treatments, and corrective coloring, Gemmette's crew is skilled in eyelash extensions and makeup applications. Hair can also be restored with the salon's reviving blow-dry treatments, which help brighten locks, protect against breakage with argan- and olive-oil-infused products, and boost volume.
Though the focus in each Gemmette Hair Studio is the client, the owner did not skimp on decor. Both locations offer elegance—one with baroque decor and the other inspired by zen—as well as fully stocked color bars boasting every shade of the rainbow, including pot of gold.
Master stylist, educator, and platform artist Nina Grossman traveled the country before settling in Texas. Over the course of 16 years, she honed her skills from Alaska to New York, landing in Austin in 2007 to open Luxe A Boutique Salon. Throughout her career, Grossman has mentored up-and-coming beauty pros on the art of hair design as well as the importance of listening to clients' needs and reinterpretations of show-tune classics. She's gathered a team of master stylists and color specialists, makeup artists, and aestheticians to perform services that range from haircuts and highlights to peels and threading.
Her salon's exposed-brick walls and leather chairs lend it sophistication, and damask-like patterns juxtaposed with animal prints nod to both vintage and contemporary sensibilities. In a private, chocolate-toned skincare room, associates perform fragrant facials with Éminence Organic Skin Care products, soothing complexions in the way the floral artwork soothes the mind. Afterward, women can shop for apparel and accessories in the boutique area or head to the outdoor patio to relax before reemerging into the world.
Venus Esthetics’ tranquil spa retreat is a honeycomb of intimate treatment rooms in which clients rejuvenate their looks or shed undue stress. Aestheticians pamper the countenances of men and women alike, glazing faces with antioxidant-rich products, aromatic essential oils, or cheekbone-enhancing Venetian masks. To nourish skin below the neck, clients can wallow in full-body treatments infused with organically grown seaweed, algae, or sea salt. The spa’s massage therapists employ therapeutic bodywork that soothes musculature sore from stress, injury, or physical exertion. The center's cosmetic technicians outfit themselves with top-secret technology, including a skin-firming ultrasound machine and an aesthetic laser system.