June Shin of June's Day Spa has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, working her way along the East Coast before settling down in Corpus Christi to open her namesake spa. Her list of services includes relaxing manicure and pedicures enhanced by indulgent extras such as foot masks, hand massages, and scrubs. June can prettify nails with one of many vibrant OPI and Essie polishes or apply a special crackling formula for more artistic tips. She also administers waxing treatments to remove clients' unwanted hair, leaving smooth skin for days longer than traditional shaving.
For close to a decade, the stylists at Salon Divine have done much more than transform hair with services such as extensions and texturizing treatments—they've made a difference in their community. In September of 2011, the team paired with Driscoll Children’s Hospital during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to help people donate their hair to make wigs for young cancer patients. They also recently hosted a benefit for a client with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Their care and compassion is reflected in the attentiveness they show to clients' hair, nails, and skin. They soothe tired feet with fragrant peppermint, citrus, or rose salt scrubs, and enhance the stress-reliever manicure with a hand and wrist massage, loosening joints that are stiff from rehearsing one-man sock-puppet shows. As a further tribute to client comfort, the salon boasts leather furniture and elegant, dark wood accents throughout. Bright pops of magenta from the backlit ceiling and strategically placed floral accents add a whimsical vibe that permeates the team's creative hairstyles.
Master nail technician Aly Jimenez channels more than a decade of experience to beautify her clients' nails and treat their hands and feet to luxurious spa experiences. OPI products abound in the salon, although clients may also choose to have their nails adorned with China Glaze or CNS Shellac polish, the latter of which cures under a UV lamp and resists chipping for up to 14 days. Aly's services range from solar nails to spa mani-pedis complete with hot towels, scented scrubs, massages, and paraffin wax. As a specialist on pedicures for those with diabetes, she also proffers relief for condition-related foot pain or discomfort.
Aly practices her art far from her hometown of Havana, Cuba, which she left more than a decade ago to seek freedom and a better life for her family. As a result, she can communicate to clients in both English, Spanish, and the language of accomplishment, Elvish.
The Perfect Touch aims to magnify beauty and boost guests' confidence with a wide range of aesthetic treatments. Teeth-whitening sessions, for example, use an organic hydrogen peroxide gel and LED laser light to undo the effects of years of smoking, wine drinking, or gargling with soy sauce. Gleaming, long-lasting Shellac manicures pamper and beautify hands, and epsom-salt pedicures smooth calluses with a peppermint foot scrub and lavender or cucumber lotion. Paraffin-therapy treatments are available as an add-on to help soothe dry skin and promote better circulation in the fingers and toes.
With her crew of nail techs, manicurist Lu Bonilla channels 15 years of independent experience into her extremity-pampering services. Patrons trail fingers gently across the soft and supple skin on their feet and hands after paraffin wraps in the salon, which staff sanitizes regularly. Long-lasting Shellac polishes resist chipping for days, and french manicures add elegance to hands when one is playing piano or demonstrating disdain for the rules of soccer.
Claudia Salon & Spa relaxes and revamps every inch of the human body with a variety of pampering head-to-toe services. Vanquish visage villains with an array of facials that rejuvenate and freshen faces, like a spray of Pledge across a newly hewn wooden canoe. The 75-minute deep pore-cleansing facial ($85) ventures deep into the pits of derm despair to extract dirt, grime, and blemish behemoths. The 30-minute ionic footbath ($40) extracts from the opposite end, claiming to pull toxins and heavy metals from the body using positive charges and extended guitar solos. Treat toes to a deluxe pedicure complete with a mask and hot towels ($45), or betray finger preference with a deluxe manicure and paraffin treatment ($25).