Allure Salon's body-bronzing specialists paint skin canvases with a sun-smooched hue. Tanners receive an effulgent epidermis in 15 minutes as the Fake Bake airbrush tanning sweeps across the skin, splattering it with a UV-free, no-streak tan. The skin-brightening serum infuses bone cages with naturally derived tanning agents DHA and erythrulose without clogging pores or irritating skin. Bronzers leave with a natural-looking tan that dries in 2–3 minutes and lasts up to one week, or about the time it takes to cartwheel the length of a marathon. The skin-savvy professionals recommend showering and exfoliating before the visit and moisturizing with a recommended product twice a day afterwards.
Wherever Wenny Blackman goes, Aveda's organic products are sure to follow, and vice versa, as the stylist, aesthetician, and owner of Wen Chic Salon and Spa—an Aveda Concept Salon and Spa—has been attending Aveda classes since 1996. Needless to say, she and her skilled staff employ Aveda products exclusively to augment their repertoire of salon and spa services, including colorings that use HeadMapping, instead of traditional wizards, to predict the amount of time, product, and cost for each session.
Before the Texas board-certified stylists can cut, color, or treat hair, Blackman requires them to attend classes at the Aveda Institute. The stylists' mastery of Aveda's curriculum, coupled with their overall experience, determines their status as a stylist, senior stylist, master stylist, or director. Similarly, the licensed aestheticians and registered massage therapists reach for Aveda products during facials, massages, waxing treatments, and airbrush-tanning sessions, which are staged in the spa area's quiet summer and winter rooms, free of cell-phone ringtones and piles of burning leaves.
If Salon Langeveldt’s zebra-print carpet, lime-green sofa, and bright-orange walls don’t tip you off, it’s only a matter of time before you notice that the staff members don’t shy away from creativity. Their service menu may be lengthy, but they excel at everything they do. One secret behind their success lies in the products they choose to employ—professional formulas from Matrix, Redken, and Paul Mitchell, among others. In addition to free WiFi and complimentary beverages, Salon Langeveldt offers a playroom for kids and adults with youthful haircuts.
Eyelash extensions. Keratin conditioning hair treatments. Microdermabrasion seaweed facials. These are just a few of the many options from Changing Styles Salon & Spa’s slate of services. Inside the welcoming, family-owned beauty emporium, an amiable staff of mane masters, aestheticians, and massage therapists greets customers. Then, these experts add pizzazz to coiffures with highlights, diminish stress with a specialty massage, and remove unwanted hair with waxing services or magnets for those with metal strands. Alternatively, they spruce up fingers and toes with acrylic polish, Shellac, solar, and nail arts that incorporate rhinestones.
Duke and Duchess Salon and Spa treats all clients like royalty, getting them portrait-ready with salon and spa services or restoring the limberness of their scepter-waving arms through custom massages. Seven days a week, aestheticians keep surfaces polished with facials, waxing, and makeup artistry; wraps hug the body and detoxify innards. Haircuts, coloring, and texturing services create a stylish bed of strands.
At Killer Kuts, accomplished stylist Velma wraps faces in hot towels and massages scalps as clients sip complimentary beer or wine and watch sports on flat screen TVs. It’s a salon with a masculine edge where guys can get eyebrows waxed or rejuvenate skin with “Hot Mamma” facials. The barbershop’s crew also combats thinning hair with the Bosley pro strength system and colors fading ‘dos with Redken for Men color camouflage.