Named Best Massage Center/Spa by the Denton Record Chronicle in 2009, Essentials Day Spa employs skilled aestheticians and high-end products to refine appearances and bring out each client's latent beauty. Microdermabrasion treatments typically last 55 minutes and promote the regeneration of skin cells and collagen while helping to reduce the appearance of blackheads, sun damage, and fine creases and wrinkles caused by superfluous furrowing.
When hairstylist Shelton Ogle opened his first salon at 21, he quickly realized the secret to maximizing the number of gorgeous haircuts he could render: a well-trained staff. So two years later, he opened his beauty school, Ogle School of Hair, Skin & Nails. Now in its 40th year, the school leverages its accrued experience and knowledge to teach aesthetic arts ranging from skincare to hair coloring. In the school’s salons, students practice on the public, cutting hair into elegant, customized shapes, texturizing strands with relaxers and perms, and highlighting nails with manicures, rather than with rings with built-in strobe lights. A testament to Shelton’s success in building his vision, he was even able to develop a weekly show for PBS about the beauty industry.
In a newly renovated space with tile floors and rounded white pillars, Frenchy's Nails' technicians meticulously groom hands and feet. Patrons can choose from scores of nail-polish bottles arranged by color, as they tune into the salon's quartet of plasma televisions.
Katie has tended fingers and toes for 12 years. In that time, she has mastered the art of grooming cuticles, moisturizing hands and feet in paraffin wax, and lifting away dead skin cells with scrubs or tiny cranes. At her eponymous studio, she continues to accentuate nails with OPI polish and hand-painted designs. During treatments, Katie strives to make clients feel comfortable and happy. "Each room is unique," says Katie, noting that each private treatment area is painted in a different calming hue. Upon request, she enhances the experience with a beverage and soft music.
The brush glides across each keratin sheet, leaving behind a coat of colorful polish. Technicians at Nail Couture Lounge paint fingernails and toenails in vibrant hues that range from bright pink to a sleek black. Clients have their choice between regular polish, and a Shellac option that protects nails against chips and acid rain. In addition to pampering nails, technicians swaddle hands in paraffin wax that works to soften and hydrate the skin.
Ehmi Nail, Salon & Spa's talented technicians tend to clients in a space marked by stone tile, textured walls, and cozy leather seating. After brainstorming with clients during complimentary consultations, they give heads more breathable cuts or change identities with coloring, highlights, and straightening treatments. Files bring order to unruly nails during mani-pedis before techs lay down coats of color from OPI, Essie, and Chanel. Private rooms allow visitors to luxuriate peacefully during different massage modalities, which incorporate music, hot stones, and flickering candles to coax stress out of aching muscles. Technicians also decorate faces with professional makeup applications and facials. Ehmi Nail, Salon & Spa happily opens its doors to private parties, welcoming groups celebrating events ranging from a girls’ night out to the world’s prettiest fantasy-baseball draft.