Drawing on more than seven years of experience, Ashley Liane puts her styling skills to work infusing her clients with beauty and confidence. Her roster of services caters to clients looking for a basic haircut, a fancy up-do, or a full set of eyelash extensions. As an expert in keratin treatments, Liane spends her time away from the chair as a local educator in the hair-restoring method, teaching other stylists how to turn wily locks into silky tresses.
Repeat customers to Austin Nails & Spa, which is under new ownership, will notice something familiar during their second visit: the nail file, sanding block, and manicure stick that the nail technician uses. That’s because after an initial visit, the staff stores the tools used in a nail kit with your name on it to ensure that they’re used only for you or Meryl Streep playing you with uncanny accuracy. This is just one of the ways that Austin Nails & Spa’s new owners, a group of sisters, have made their salon stand out during their 10-plus years in business. They also make sure to give abundant training to each of their staff members in their area of expertise. The team, in turn, plies skilled hands to perform manicures, pedicures, facials, and waxing services, among a whole smorgasbord of services.
Though their spa’s name might suggest otherwise, five is the most important number to the nail technicians at 620’s Nails & Spa. They focus on one hand or foot at a time, softening skin and grooming cuticles before brushing a glossy coat of standard or Shellac polish across all five nails. Along with their traditional manicures and pedicures, they apply CND Solar Nails during a two-step process similar to a French manicure. These chip-resistant coverings can last for up to three weeks without refills, much like a soda sipped once every seven hours. The spa doesn’t just specialize in nail services—a staff composed of aestheticians and massage therapists clears complexions with European facials and soothes muscles with Swedish and deep-tissue massages.
Addicted to Glamour's staff wants to help their clients create their ideal look. To do so, the licensed aestheticians offer chic haircuts and rich color services, along with full-body waxing and sugaring and deluxe nail services. Specializing in intricate nail art, the nail technicians can create almost any design, from cheetah-printed artificial nails to tiny hearts drawn over a gel manicure.
Although they both hail from the Mediterranean, pizza and falafel don't often appear on the same menu. Diners at Rome's Pizza, however, might be prompted to wonder why—it turns out it's quite possible for one kitchen to carry both dishes off nicely. In a 2004 review, the Current's Alejandro Pérez praised the pesto pizza's "light, crispy crust and full-bodied flavor" and the falafel sandwich's "hot, crisp patties."
This juxtaposition isn't the only surprise on the extensive menu. Sure, you can get red sauce and pepperoni atop your pie, but Rome's specializes in white pizzas slicked with olive oil, herbs, and smoked garlic. Strombolis and calzones fold in on themselves to make for a hearty meal or a high-powered alternative to a water balloon, and sandwiches and pasta display the same love of big portions and off-the-beaten-path ingredients. On the Mediterranean side of the menu, there are also staples such as dolmas, hummus, and gyros.
Signature Service: Color and Brazilian Blowout specialist
Brands Used: Enjoy, Joico, Brazilian Blowout
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes