At Belleza Spa and Salon, Melanie Menendez's dedication to skincare comes from the heart. For years, she suffered from adult acne due to an undiagnosed dairy allergy. When she learns about her clients' skincare needs, her reaction is "I know how you feel. I will fix you and help you achieve your goals." Her psychology degree is then put to use as she reads each client's personality to determine what they want out of the treatment: whether a social, interactive experience or a peaceful retreat.
To gain an understanding of their holistic skin health, Melanie checks in with clients about what they're eating, the products they use at home, and whether they use shortening as sunscreen. From there, she customizes blends of organic Sanitas skincare products, a line created in Boulder, Colorado, that uses ingredients such as healing vitamin C to create lustrous complexions. While she performs the facials, clients can enjoy soothing spa or pop music and the quirky, inviting decor?some rooms include photos of Audrey Hepburn and polka-dot details, and others are covered with zebra print or bright colors.
Cashmere Salon and Day Spa refers to its clients as the Cashmere family, a fitting pseudonym both because of the facility's welcoming atmosphere and because the beauty haven is arguably large enough to actually be a second home. From within a spacious interior, staff members perform almost every traditional beautifying service known to the industry. In addition to a selection of essential hair, nail, and skin services, the seemingly unending menu includes specialized treatments such as extensions, keratin treatments, brow tinting, and individual lash extensions, as well as more long-term fixes such as laser hair removal and nonsurgical face-lifts. The spa even offers injectables such as Dysport, Botox, and Juvéderm for those who want to turn back the hands of time instead of trying to slow them down with a secret handshake.
Hair guru Christopher Kellams founded The Loft Hair Studio after graduating from Dynamics Hair Academy and training at Dallas?s Tony and Guy Academy. Kellams has stratified his team of stylists into four experience levels, keeping each up to date on modern haircare techniques through continuing-education classes. Stylists tailor hairdos to suit clients' face shape, their hair texture, and the size of the sombrero they refuse to remove. During an appointment, clients are free to sip complimentary glasses of wine and other beverages.
Shear Fantasy is the brainchild of two friends who wanted to provide customers with quality haircuts and color treatments. They also wanted to share their in-depth knowledge of haircare, which is why they frequently post tips on their Facebook page. Previous tips have included advice on how to achieve a loose-curl look, how to make updos more manageable and longer lasting, and how to avoid developing greenish tones from swimming in pools or eating so many string beans it alters your DNA.
Imagine that the world is just a big, messy head of hair waiting to be styled. It's an understandable notion for somebody who's spent 20 years immersed in hair design. Ben Zell is that person; his passion for hairstyling is so innate that one morning, according to an anecdote he shared with his online followers, he couldn't help himself from styling the snow piled on his car roof into a mohawk before driving off. This creativity and intuitive eye for design reaches its apex at Bella Mia Salon, where Ben styles hair for men and women with special attention to personalized hair design. When cutting and coloring hair, he considers the client's skin tones and facial features; his goal is to make the hairdo look natural and to spotlight and embellish the client's most flattering features. Ben also likes to teach his clients proper maintenance techniques that help keep hair looking healthy and perfectly styled.