Ongoing education keeps Studio 4 staff up-to-date on hair and makeup trends, as well as safe products and techniques. Stylists spritz hair with gentle sulfate- and paraben-free products from brands such as Kevin Murphy and Unite, and aestheticians custom-blend skincare concoctions to pamper acne-prone or menopausal skin. In addition, feather extensions supply locks with avian flair, and Brazilian-blowout keratin treatments smooth frizzy strands by up to 90%, with results visible on Studio 4’s before-and-after page or in bowls of suspiciously flattened rigatoni noodles.
As far back as she can remember, Mary Shupert always loved styling hair and giving friends makeovers. As she grew, that passion evolved into a desire to help people take care of their skin. She earned her cosmetology license and opened Skin and Hair by Mary, where she still cuts and styles hair and applies make-up. The bulk of her services, however, relate to skin care. She uses peels and facials to improve the health and look of skin. She even works with tattoos, removing them or restoring and brightening them. While she goes about a treatment, she helps clients relax by playing classical music and offering them a glass of wine, a time-honored method of producing rosy cheeks.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Facials, and body waxing
Brands Used: Nylynn Cosmetics, Satin Smooth Wax, and a variety of hair products
Bella Fontana Spa beautifies the whole body, from head to toe. Hair services employ products from Surface and Aloxxi. Facial treatments cater to sensitive, acne-prone, and mature skin, and permanent-makeup applications perfect pouts and accentuate eyes. The spa also offers detoxifying treatments for the body, stress-reducing massages, and waxing services. Even the tips of toes are catered to with pedicures.
A chandelier decked out with glass teardrops hangs over slate floors and eclectic decorations inside Sole'renity's historic building, which dates back more than a century. Zebra-striped Victorian-style chairs stand in the waiting area, where the splash of cascading water sounds out from small stone fountains. At nail stations farther inside, techs polish nails and provide paraffin-wax soaks for the toes of clients seated in damask chairs. Massages soothe muscles with hot stones and essential oils, and facials refresh visages by clearing acne, renewing aging skin, and removing expressions stuck on the face after last night's nightmares.
Pedestrians navigating the historical charm of McKinney's downtown square step into Pavitra Organic Day Spa and find themselves in another type of nostalgic haven—one that honors a time when skincare was all-natural. The eco-friendly spa's name originates from the Sanskrit word meaning "pure" and is honored in the spa's use of botanically based and organic products from brands such as Juice Beauty and Farmaesthetics. Services such as the signature organic facial employ only eco-friendly supplies, and staffers enhance massages with sea salt from WoodSprite's Muscle Mender line. Experts also remove hair from face and body using an all-natural blend of beeswax and essential oils.
The spa's waiting area amplifies its relaxing ambiance with a soft, ecru-colored sofa and decorations inspired by nature, including sand, stones, tree branches, and a cross-section of rainbow preserved in a glass jar. The crew further demonstrates its commitment to caring for the world by sponsoring community events.