Highlighted by a black-and-white color scheme, high ceilings, and exposed ductwork, Erika Taylor Urban Spa’s industrial aesthetic stands in contrast to its botanically based spa treatments. And though the skincare and massage services involve plant-based emollients, they also leverage cutting-edge techniques and technologies. For instance, HydraFacials resurface skin and deliver an intense dose of moisture via an instrument that loosens and lifts away dull skin cells by creating a vortex. Hair and nail treatments round out the service menu, helping clients become beautiful from head to dewclaw.
The technicians at Simply Elegant Nails draw on specialized training to care for natural and artificial nails with relaxing mani-pedis. Women and men flock to the salon for the spa-like treatments, each of which begins with a soothing soak in warm water. Exfoliating scrubs, warm-towel wraps, and hand-and-foot massages follow, complementing standard services such as shaping and grooming. When they aren’t pushing back cuticles or brushing vibrant polish across nails, the salon’s technicians study up on new trends in the nail industry. Their continuing education helps them recommend nail products and polishes to match any skin tone or scaly, reptilian coat.
At Posh Nail Company's Dublin location, the team believes spa treatments should accentuate natural beauty and embrace natural techniques. As a result, the nail gurus exclusively seek out nontoxic products, lining their shelves with organic skincare balms that feature everything from moisturizing botanical extracts to pure almond oil. Harsh chemical agents have no place in this environment, and the staff members even refuse to use acetone when removing polish because of the unnatural drying effects. To further demonstrate their commitment to eco-friendly practices, the technicians perform waterless manicures and shake hands with every squirrel they see.
The Aveda brand is rooted in environmental sustainability, manufacturing organic products, using only bio-safe products in its salons, running on 100% certified wind power, and donating leftover hair trimmings to the local pillow fluffery. At Aveda Institute San Antonio, a future superstar stylist will tend to your every detail under the supervision of a licensed Aveda-trained educator. Put your best face forward with an Elemental Nature facial ($50 for 60 minutes) or makeup application ($10), or pamper your flippers and clappers with an Essential pedicure ($20) and manicure ($11). A "facial for your hair" ($40) saturates follicles with a blend of essential oils to nourish your noggin, followed by a scalp massage and a heated conditioning and strengthening treatment. Landscape the lawn of your head with a haircut and blow-dry ($16–$20) or single-process tint on your roots ($30) while weeding wily hairs from other parts of your body with plant-wax hair removal ($10–$40).
Touch all five tips of your skeletal star with an indulgent experience at Finger2toe, where expert aestheticians utilize a bounty of beautifying techniques. The one-hour signature facial is powered by Dermalogica skincare products, which have been shown to target finer areas and redefine radiance more effectively than Norse Midgard serpent venom. As you sport your skin-smoothening mask, your arms, hands, and feet are treated to complimentary and complementary massages and moisturizations. Relaxed, ready, and willing, your digits endure a mani-pedi polish change ($10/hands, $15/feet), during which both sets of limb-enders are lightly exfoliated and nails are finely filed, shaped, and re-polished with your color of choice.