The name says it all at Posh Nail Spa, a chic and modern house of pampering located on the always-buzzing McKinney Avenue in Dallas. Sleek black-and-white décor is accented with grand chandeliers and glowing candelabras, luxurious touches that are echoed in the ultra-plush, high-tech ergonomic massage chairs that await you. Opt for the Signature Pedicure that incorporates a paraffin dip and hot stones, making for an indulgent experience that’s ideal after a long day of shopping Uptown. Or splurge on the Ultimate Manicure, which includes an aromatherapy neck wrap and essential oil massage. Skilled estheticians are on hand for a wide array of services including facials, glycolic acid peels, face and body waxing, or just swing into Posh for their gel nails and a full-body Swedish massage.
Unwind Nail Lounge?s technicians use only select polishes to decorate their clients? nails. Keratin sheets pop with the likes of Essie, CND Shellac, OPI, and Gelish polishes that protect surfaces against chips and scratches. As the technicians only choose top-rated polishes, they also don?t skimp on the mani-pedi experience, softening hands and feet with a sugar scrub, detoxifying green tea mask, hydrating clay mask with green tea, and renewing hand massage.
Multitalented stylist Desiree Cline completely overhauls hairdos with a few careful snips and a healthy dose of high-end products. In addition to tailored haircuts, Desiree softens locks with conditioning treatments and adds new dimensions to hair with partial highlights, which can incorporate hints of auburn, gold, chestnut, or a random color plucked out of a crayon box.
The recipe for the runway-ready styles that emerge within Eleven 11 Hair Studio begins with its location: a 3,000-square-foot studio designed by architect Eddie Maestri and interior designer Jamie Carroll, situated in Dallas's luxurious Uptown neighborhood in front of Hotel Zaza, and across the street from Hotel Crescent and the Ritz Carlton. In this spa-like setting, stylists?many of whom also serve as educators for leading beauty companies?call on both time-honored and cutting-edge techniques to create stylish, flattering looks for men and women.
The service menu goes far beyond haircuts and styles to include hair extensions and bold color treatments ranging from classic highlights to balayage, a freehand technique that creates a gradient ombre effect to suggest time spent lying on the beach or coloring your hair in a sunset. The staff can transform hair's texture, too: Japanese straightening treatments leave hair smooth and straight until it grows out, and Brazilian Blowouts control curl and boost shine for up to three months. Aesthetic experts also perform makeup applications and bridal services. The salon extends its regular Tuesday through Saturday business hours to include services by appointment on Sundays and Mondays, so clients with strapped schedules can always find a time that works for them, seven days a week.
A collective of dozens of independent stylists, aestheticians, and nail technicians, Salons of Dallas at Knox operates with the mission of cultivating long-term relationships with clients. Continually educated stylists go beyond basic hair services to devise intricate braids and scalp-friendly hair extensions, and nail techs slick digits with hues by Shellac, OPI, CND, and Essie during mani-pedis.
New customers can’t miss the two-story green stucco building, with awnings over the tall windows announcing “Hair, Nails, Skin, Body” in huge type. Inside, staff—such as hair specialist Patricia—decorate their individual suites to reflect their personalities and use mirrors to reflect their clients. Much of the building boasts warm wood floors and lots of natural light.