Each of Tangerine Salons' four locations operate under a charitable ethos and the nature-based tenants of Aveda. Aveda's environmentally conscious, naturally derived products infuse all of Tangerine's salon services. Seven tiers of hairstylists—ranging from Protégé I to Master III—handle the hairstyling duties by snipping, highlighting, and conditioning locks. At the Coppell and Cedar Hill locations, the staff dedicates space to an array of spa services, including massages, facial treatments, mani-pedis, and back facials that help eliminate crow's feet on people with eyes in the back of their heads.
In the same way a gardener cultivates the ground for vegetables, the therapists at The Garden Experience Wellness Spa cultivate the body for relaxation. And like gardeners, they use an assortment of tools along with their bare hands. Hot stones, eucalyptus essential oil, acai berry and exfoliating shea butter scrubs work to evaporate tension during customized massage sessions.
The smooth, black basalt traditionally used in hot stone massage has something in common with spa owner Mahealani Trepinski's career: they were both forged in Hawaii. But while these rocks were born in the island chain's famous lava flows, Trepinski had to journey there as an adult for the training that gives her skill set a distinctive Hawaiian flavor.
The island's influence can be felt in a number of A Hawaiian Touch Natural Healing Center and Spa Inc.'s spa treatments, from lomi massages?a Hawaiian practice based on ancient ritual and music?to organic facials and seaweed detox wraps. The spa's menu is diverse, offering far infrared sauna sessions alongside a wide array of massage modalities including craniosacral, sports, and medical massage. Trepinski, who is also an Integrative Nutrition health coach, even teaches other professionals how to perform reflexology, throw spa parties, and alleviate the pain of midnight burrito cravings.
Most popular service: Chiropractic, decompression, massage
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Journey on toward better health for all. Unwind and heal from the inside out.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Seeing people healthy again and [achieving] goals they thought were unobtainable. Our relationships with each other create family.
What steps do you take to make your clients feel at ease?
We get to know everyone. Everyone is welcome at our clinic, and we get a thorough understanding of each client's background and lifestyle to ensure we help them accomplish their goals.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
[We create] an atmosphere and place where we truly care about the whole individual for results. We look at clients beyond their condition. We look at pain, neurological, social, emotional, and environmental issues to ensure we treat effectively and quickly for long-term results.
Soft music plays in The Massage Suite's quiet chamber as therapist Jessica James glides her palm over a tense shoulder. Certified in Swedish massage, James deftly stimulates the circulatory and lymphatic systems with the style's flowing strokes. Her sensitive hands are quick to adjust to her client's desire for an increase or decrease in pressure, and she can incorporate stretching and hot stones to loosen stiff joints. Heat therapy is James' ally, as she also reaches for steamed towels and Prossage ointment to bathe taut sinews in gentle, penetrating warmth. Clinical specialties include easing sciatic pain, softening scar tissue, and restoring motion to frozen shoulders by getting a sinew from the same muscle group to tag it. Nine complimentary therapies such as peppermint foot scrubs and cocoa facials reveal her appreciation for aesthetic indulgence.
Let it never be said that Lisa Moise doesn't listen to her customers. Years ago, as she was treating one of her clients, the two began talking about how nice it would be to have a salon where haircuts were more collaborative than cookie-cutter and pedicures didn't make people feel invisible from the feet up. Later, that same customer, Carrie McGehee, would join Lisa as a co-founder of Flower Mound Nails & More. Now, the two pursue their original goal, putting customers first during treatments that range from cuts and highlights to expert mani-pedis. As part of their pursuit of excellence, Lisa and Carrie have established strict standards for membership on their team, requiring their techs to be passionate, conversant, and trained in both customer service and relevant trade skills.