BoHo Skincare Boutique & Spa owner Pilar Anderson makes sure her dedication to earth-friendly practices is transparent at her comfortably luxurious spa. The licensed para-medical aesthetician, nationally certified massage therapist, and yoga practitioner wields a slew of eco-conscious products from lines such as Farmaesthetics and local company Farmhouse Fresh, the latter of which boasts many paraben-free, gluten-free, and vegan products carefully packaged by the farm's amiable chickens. During soothing spa appointments, Anderson treats skin to vitamin-packed formulas that rejuvenate and hydrate while eschewing chemicals and harmful toxins.
A special event is when you need beauty treatments most, so it shouldn't be surprising that Simply Serene Salon and Spa fills out its team of hair stylists, nail technicians, massage therapists, and skincare experts with professional event planners. Whether clients are planning to walk down the aisle or just need an image pick-me-up, they can revamp their look with cuts, color applications, and hair texture services, or with one of more than 10 facials. For the rest of the body, the spa also offers soothing manicures and pedicures, waxing treatments, and professional massages.
All the stylists at D'Anthony SalonSpa have undergone the studio's in-house apprenticeship program to ensure every cut, color treatment, and texture enhancement meets their rigorous standards. The salon usesPaul Mitchell hair-care and styling products. Estheticians perform pampering facials customized to the unique needs of each client's complexion, and nail techs groom the tips of fingers and toes during speedy express mani-pedis or luxuriously relaxed spa mani-pedis. Threading sessions whisk unwanted stubble from faces, underarms, or palms, and waxing sessions target fuzz in nearly every region. The salon is committed to helping the community, by supporting fundraisers for tsunami and Haiti relief, Locks of Love, and the San Antonio battered women's shelter.
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Dominic Alonzo doesn’t know how to slow down. Over the past four years he’s zoomed from a Paul Mitchell student to a behind-the-scenes regular at local photo shoots to the owner of his very own space, Salon DMA. Comparing hairstyling to songwriting, the passionate stylist doesn’t view the daily salon grind as work, but rather as an outlet for expressing his inner thoughts, feelings, and hatred for split ends. When not readying models for various publications, such as Papercut magazine and Stilo, Dominic can be found treating everyday men and women to expert cuts and color treatments. He creates awe-inspiring shine with full and partial highlights and graduates hair color from light to dark using the ombre technique. Dominic also keeps hair strong and healthy by soaking it in deep-conditioning glosses, treating it with Awapuhi products, and tying it around dumbbells.
A certified Redken colorist, DeeDee Olk radiates self-assurance whenever she has scissors in her hand, clipping and dyeing hair with the expertise that earned her the runner-up award for Best Stylist in the Bay Area Citizen’s 2010 Best of the Bay Area listings. At True Vanity Salon, she oversees services that range from color correction and foiling to permanent hair extensions, a more sustainable alternative to balancing a mop on your head. She is also certified to exterminate frizz with Brazilian Blowout treatments, and she transports her sure-handed approach outside the salon for onsite event styling.
At Solstice Salon & Spa, most of the pampering services concentrate on improving clients' complexions. The menu includes PCA chemical peels, microdermabrasion treatments, facials, and Red Carpet face-lifts, which can electrically erase fine lines and wrinkles for up to 72 hours, or the duration a blue whale can hold its breath. The staff members provide services for the rest of the body, too. They remove hair during waxing sessions and add it during eyelash extension appointments, which alleviate frustrations caused by eyelash curlers and mascara.