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).
No head of hair is the same to the stylists at Naama Salon & Day Spa—each requires its own customized treatment. For women, those range from perms and cropped cuts to designs inspired by rock star mohawks. Even more complicated 'dos, like dreadlocks, are fair game to the Naama team, which can deftly re-twist or restyle dreads. Using L'anza Healing Haircare products, stylists can also brighten hair with highlights and color or soften tresses with L'anza's customized five-step deep-conditioning treatment. Besides haircare, the Naama team specializes in removing unwanted hair with waxing or rejuvenating skin with exfoliating peels, including Vitamin C and pumpkin varieties.
For the pants-inclined, the StrandCafe offers a load of beautifying treatments for hair, nails, and skin. Welcome warm weather by keying up dull tresses with a color retouch ($50+). Social butterflies can freshly flap their way through an event or date by surrendering locks to a thorough shampoo and thermal style ($50+) or full makeup makeover complete with fluttery, eye-catching eyelashes ($60). Peel fingers out of gloves and toes out of boots for a mani-pedi shot ($30, solid polish only) or a full manicure and pedicure with massages, soothing scrub, and paraffin ($80). StrandCafe also mollycoddles mugs with indulgent facials ($50–$80) specially concocted for smoothing out men's rough edges, treating tender skin, and reworking other epidermal blights.
On any given day, The Lash & Nail Company’s team of seasoned beauticians can be found gussying up the hands, faces, and eyelashes of their patrons with an array of glamor-boosting services. The salon’s aestheticians apply sets of permanent and semipermanent extensions around peepers to beef up natural eyelashes, whereas nail technicians slather natural backscratchers with OPI Axxium gel that can remain chip-free for up to two weeks or seven high-fives from the Statue of Liberty. Staffers also perform facial waxing services to de-fuzz visages.
In the midst of invigorating cappuccino-colored walls, bold original artwork, and mirrors filled with smiling reflections, Phia Salon, an Aveda Lifestyle Salon, infuses hairs and pores with pure flower essences and plant-based botanical products. Four levels of talent are available to tackle every service, from an extensive list of cut and color services to hair extensions, waxing, and skin care. Each of their cut and color services is accompanied by a stress-relieving sensory experience that ranges from a mini facial to a soothing hand-and-arm massage.
Phia Salon extends Aveda's commitment to natural products and the environment to its own salon with eco-friendly business practices, such as constantly monitoring and recycling waste and using phosphate-free soaps. The salon’s cork floors are sustainably harvested and surrounded by eco-friendly paint on the walls, and the organic milk used in coffee and tea comes from local, grass-fed cattle who carpool to work.
Bryan Beaver has traveled the world in search of beauty. The master stylist and colorist has visited top salons in New York City, Miami, and Paris, where he developed his signature, French-influenced style. Along the way, he’s mentored hundreds of stylists in the ways of cutting-edge fashion and had his work showcased in Elle, Vogue, and on a billboard on the moon.
At home, Bryan oversees a talented staff of stylists, makeup artists, and nail technicians at his salon. He and his team create stylish and wearable looks in private styling stations outfitted with crystal chandeliers and full-length mirrors. The rest of the space is ultra-chic, too, with lime-green walls, minimalist furniture, and colorful artwork.