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.
Darque Tan's arsenal of beds, booths, and nourishing lotions infuses visiting bodies with sun-kissed color. Along with at least 20 tanning beds, each location brims with tan-savvy staff members—each certified through the International Smart Tan Network—who can work with you to customize a program based on your tanning goals, skin type, and relation to black-and-white movie starlets. A dedicated full-time cleaning staff regularly runs through a 50-point inspection process between sessions, helping to create a sanitary tanning experience and keep clients from warming up 6-foot-long paninis during appointments.
At Lotus Holistic Health Spa, Salon and Fitness Studio, owner and stylist Camie Bolaski guides her diverse team?including a personal trainer and massage therapists?in fostering feelings of youthfulness from the inside and out. Aestheticians Debbie and Pam work their therapeutic alchemy on weary hides, using elixirs from M?lis and Pure Fiji to transform leaden mugs into youthful fa?ades or gold watches. Yoga, Pilates, and Isometric-T-Tapp exercise instructors, meanwhile, lead 60-minute small, intimate classes to fortify refreshed exteriors with firmer, more flexible cores.
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.
Margarita Pinkhasova?a.k.a., Rita of Rita's Nail?pretties up fingers and toes from the comforts of Arbach's Goodhair Salon. With long-lasting beauty in mind, Rita artfully applies traditional and shellac polish that can remain chip-free for up to two weeks. She also tames unruly brows and smoothens out other facial areas with swift yet gentle waxing sessions.