For close to a decade, the stylists at Salon Divine have done much more than transform hair with services such as extensions and texturizing treatments—they've made a difference in their community. In September of 2011, the team paired with Driscoll Children’s Hospital during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to help people donate their hair to make wigs for young cancer patients. They also recently hosted a benefit for a client with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Their care and compassion is reflected in the attentiveness they show to clients' hair, nails, and skin. They soothe tired feet with fragrant peppermint, citrus, or rose salt scrubs, and enhance the stress-reliever manicure with a hand and wrist massage, loosening joints that are stiff from rehearsing one-man sock-puppet shows. As a further tribute to client comfort, the salon boasts leather furniture and elegant, dark wood accents throughout. Bright pops of magenta from the backlit ceiling and strategically placed floral accents add a whimsical vibe that permeates the team's creative hairstyles.
A shared passion often brings talented people together. That's certainly the case at Planet Sol Salon, where each staffer brings her own background and artistic eye to the salon chair. Alexa Cline, for example, trained with Redken educators to gain expertise in haircuts and color treatments. Melissa Guerra specializes in chemical texturizing, and Natasha Gutierrez—who has interned with an American Board Certified Haircolorist—uses highlights to give hair the perfect amount of dimension. Not limiting themselves to just hair, the team members also administer aesthetic services such as chocolate foot masks and shellac mani-pedis.
The stylists are educators themselves, too. They know that a new look is ultimately pointless if it can't be regularly recreated at home, especially if clients find themselves stuck in a temporal loop. To that end, they recommend manageable styles and explain the step-by-step process for their creation.
June Shin of June's Day Spa has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, working her way along the East Coast before settling down in Corpus Christi to open her namesake spa. Her list of services includes relaxing manicure and pedicures enhanced by indulgent extras such as foot masks, hand massages, and scrubs. June can prettify nails with one of many vibrant OPI and Essie polishes or apply a special crackling formula for more artistic tips. She also administers waxing treatments to remove clients' unwanted hair, leaving smooth skin for days longer than traditional shaving.
Vera Auvil's passion in life has always been cultivating knick-knacks and odds-and-ends—her "sweet nothings," as her husband used to say—so when the opportunity to purchase her own store came her way, she knew she wanted to fill its shelves and aisles with her favorite little things: clothes, jewelry, home décor, and makeup. She christened the shop Auvil's Sweet Nothings and set to work cultivating local artisans and national vendors who proffer goods such as De Novo, Waterford crystal, and Yellow Box Shoes. The skilled staffers at her vendor-based store can even help clients brighten smiles with Beaming White teeth-whitening services, make-over mugs with Jane Iredale cosmetics, and learn to cheat during shopping-cart races.
Even without the peacock-blue walls or the old-fashioned birdcage that sits next to the reception desk, Feathers Beauty Lounge would feel like a place for preening. Inside, Aveda-certified stylists cut and color hair and perform wax treatments and mani-pedis. Like planning an art-museum heist, visiting the salon is fun to do with a big group; clients celebrate special occasions by holding princess parties and bridal showers there.
With hundreds of Aveda's eco-friendly beauty products lining its shelves, Anthony's Aveda Concept Salon & Day Spa keeps strands and skins thoroughly satisfied. Those in the mood for a perkier complexion can pick through Anthony's selection of plant-based skincare products, including hydrating and cleansing potions, and ladies looking to glam up for a night out or celebrity tax audit can arm themselves with an arsenal of makeup favorites. Anthony's also boasts an assortment of haircare products, including rosemary-mint shampoo ($10.50 for 8.5 oz.), and Shampure conditioner, a special blend of oils and proteins that protects strands from damaging environmental stressors such as humidity and rogue lightning strikes ($10.50 for 8.5 oz.). For shoppers in need of advice or recommendations, Anthony's friendly, expert staff is on hand to offer full consultations for follicular and cutaneous concerns.