Blissfully removed from the city's bustle and nestled amidst the scenic vistas of Canyon Lake, Total Image Salon & Day Spa treats tired tendons and their owners to therapeutic, beautifying treatments. Start with complimentary tastes of bottled water, wine, cheese, and crackers before settling in for a signature one-hour spa pedicure (a $45 value). Soothing toe and foot treatments are supplemented with the smoothing of calluses, intensive massage, and a foot mask to nourish dry feet and nurture their Kabuki pursuits. Equally exhaustive regaling is bestowed upon hands and fingers in the spa manicure (a $25 value), which revitalizes down-and-out digits and the mitts that house them through an aromatherapy salt-glow exfoliation and a paraffin treatment, which banishes excess dryness.
With more than 25 years of experience, cosmetologist Katherine Long infuses relaxation with depilation, stocking hypoallergenic, soothing oils and honey-based wax in a cozy atmosphere. During a 15-minute facial treatment, honey wax designed specifically for sensitive skin unfastens surplus fuzz on cheeks, lips, and chins. After assessing face's shape and favorite KISS singer, waxing mavens carefully prune and shape brows. Ladies can also opt to smooth arms, underarms, or bikini zones in a 30-minute treatment that begins with a soothing pre-cleanse and wraps up with a skin-pacifying concoction of hypoallergenic oils and creams. A great preparation for vacations and hairless-bear impersonations, back waxing smoothes gentlemen's torsos, and the one-hour leg waxing paired with a hair-growth-slowing cream maintains shorts-ready shanks.
At first blush, Millennium Medi Spa seems to suffer from a crisis of identity. On one hand, the med spa relies on the clinical expertise of its physician directors to rejuvenate clients’ skin with advanced treatments. But one can’t help but notice the tranquil, spa-like atmosphere and the profusion of treatments—mani-pedis, massages, hydrating facials—that seem rooted in relaxation more than anything else.
These two personalities converge seamlessly thanks to a staff that splits its focus between results and relaxation. Technicians beautify nails with scrubs, paraffin dips, and glossy coats of polish while aestheticians tighten skin and release toxins with body wraps. Similarly results-based procedures include chemical peels, dermal fillers, and vibradermabrasion treatments that reduce the appearance of fine lines and barnacles stuck to the face.
Owners Israel De Leon and Daniel Rodriguez value restoration. That much is clear after a visit to Landmark Salon and Spa, their Paul Mitchell focus salon, where staffers renew appearances inside a historical water power plant. By renovating their clients’ bodies, stylists and skin technicians hope to rebuild their confidence. They also offer massages to ease tense muscles and facials that use Dermalogica products to leave skin clear, exfoliated, and as hydrated as a sponge soaking in a puddle of Gatorade.
Salon Chic Downtown’s owner, Rose Zagra, draws on 20 years of beauty-industry experience and nine years as a Creative Nail Design master technician to orchestrate a symphony of luxurious beauty treatments. To guarantee personalized service, each treatment, like all good superhero-sidekick relationships, kicks off with a one-on-one question-and-answer session. Salon Chic's nail technicians have all spent at least five years beautifying extremities, and can beautify nails with traditional polish, long-lasting CND Shellac, or artificial tips that lengthen fingers without having to spike the hand cream with fertilizer. The salon’s hair services include texture-altering treatments that range from perms to Brazilian blowouts, and its facials and chemical peels employ products from Bioelements and SkinMedica to rejuvenate skin.