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.
Under the sage direction of Dr. Brian Young, the staff at Beauty Island Spa cultivates healthy complexions, eases aches, and whittles silhouettes with spa services for men and women. The spa?s island theme is reflected in its relaxation-inducing treatments and tropical atmosphere fostered by d?cor including peach-hued walls, plush white leather chairs, and palm trees inhabited by shipwrecked families. Aestheticians put their beautifying know-how to use as they administer innovative treatments such as LED therapy to help diminish the symptoms of rosacea, acne, or aging.
Under the watchful eye of licensed professionals, the students at Aveda Institute Corpus Christi simultaneously hone skills and pamper patrons. An aesthetician- or stylist-in-training performs each service as an expert instructor guides them through the process, tending to coifs, façades, hands, and feet with nourishing, aromatic products in order to get high marks on emery-board-shaped report cards. The institute not only focuses on bettering its students, but also on bettering the environment by providing a wind turbine and a fleet of direct-current exercise machines to generate the salon's power.
Amidst tan and green hues, guests nestle into pedicure thrones or rest arms atop manicure stations while Happy Nails & Massage technicians enhance fingers and toes with mani-pedis, acrylics, or Shellac. Inside a private treatment room, waxing specialists remove unwanted hair and drawn-on mustaches or loosen tight muscles with reflexology massages.
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.
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.