Just like hairstyles, names can change. In late 1999, the Gonzalez siblings opened a salon called Dolce Divino. More than a decade and many advanced training sessions with experts later, the salon has been rechristened. Atelier Salon specializes in french haircutting and balayage highlights, and its work has been featured in Vogue, Elle, W, and Allure. Its stylists undergo weekly advanced training sessions to make sure they stay on the cutting edge of style techniques and haircut-related puns.
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.
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.
A Paul Mitchell Focus salon, Salon Palomo employs more than 20 stylists who unleash expert skills on coiffures, garnering a Caller-Times Best of the Best award in 2010. For haircuts, the salon’s savvy stylists first wash customers’ hair to remove any lingering dinge or emotional ties to its previous style. They can also swathe locks in a high-end protein treatment. A complimentary color consultation with a mane maintainer allows head strings to ponder a new hue for disguising grays and intimidating snakes. Relaxing and beautifying services extend to full body waxing, nail art, and eyelash perms.
Newly expanded to 3,000 square feet, Salon Palomo ensconces guests in aristocratic environs with gold drapery, crown-molding-topped cabinetry, warm metallic hues, a sparkling chandelier, and mirrors that speak with Elizabethan accents.