From behind her styling chair at Designer Glitz and Glamour, Lisa Ross cares for natural and chemically treated hair. With the aid of products by Matrix, Silkology, and Clio, she snips strands, colors hair in vivid hues, and styles tresses into elegant updos.
Layla Bouley aims to boost her clients’ self-esteem and peace of mind using her skills in aesthetics. She refurbishes wrinkled, acne-riddled, oily, and excessively dry skin during services that range from microdermabrasion treatments to chemical peels. She also combats stubborn hair on lips and chins using bowls of warm wax and applies eyelash extensions to help make third eyes pop.
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.
Clip's 2000 Hair and Nails is housed in a cheery cottage with rustic hardwood floors, colorful walls, and a soft sofa to lounge on while flipping through glossy fashion magazines. Within this warm and welcoming space, a team of cheerful stylists and nail technicians perform a sweeping array of salon services, from trendy haircuts to glamorous manicures to expert waxing services. The skilled staffers favor quality haircare products from top brands, including replenishing Rusk shampoos and conditioners.
In cosmetology school, MieleDolce founder Luis Iturralde let his fellow students wax him for a class demonstration. His allergic reaction to the chemical wax made it a demonstration of more than proper waxing technique; his brief modeling gig also showed the importance of beauty treatments that avoid irritating skin. Iturralde carried this lesson to his spa, MieleDolce, where the staff sidestep chemical waxes in favor of threading or electrolysis.
The center’s specialty, however, consists of extending hair: its semipermanent silk and mink lash extensions come in a variety of lengths and curvatures, and technicians ensure a natural look by attaching them hair by hair. Additional services range from slimming body wraps infused with aloe vera and herbs to micro skin needling, an anti-aging treatment that can combat wrinkles, scarring, and signs of playing rugby in a crawlspace.
Although it's led by Dr. Tiffini Stratton, who holds a doctorate of dental surgery from The University of Texas Health Science Center, Dominion Dental Spa isn't confined to teeth cleanings and orthodontics. Though many clients do get their teeth whitened or their gums lifted, others receive SkinCeuticals facials from aesthetician Bre Jackson.
And the office isn't some sterile clinic, either. During appointments, clients recline in treatment chairs that face wood- and wrought-iron-framed windows overlooking lush trees and a rolling golf course. Fresh-cut flowers add color to the reception area, where guests may enjoy snacks and drinks from the office's mini bar. In the children’s area, tots entertain themselves by playing with toy trains or watching Fellini films via the TV and DVD player.