Apothecaries predate modern chemistry and pharmacology by hundreds of years, tracing their tradition of fashioning medicinal compounds from natural ingredients to Baghdad in the 8th century and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. These skilled practitioners developed proven techniques to heal weary patients with organic balms and soothe hoards of barbarian Gauls with aromatic oils. Located near Lake Ray Hubbard, Affinity Salon & Spa mines these ancient techniques in its own apothecary, custom-making products and reinforcing their mission to guarantee each client "quality services with a personal touch." Winners of a 2010 Talk of the Town award, the staffers dote on every guest with spa and salon services that integrate oils, herbs, and teas to foster a relaxing, organic experience.
Rockwall Aesthetic Center's owner, Jan Blaha, pulls off a paradox at her clinic. While she and her staff work to keep their laser and beauty technologies up to date, at the same time they maintain the tranquil atmosphere of a traditional spa. This peaceful ambiance can be attributed, in part, to the way each of the trained medical aestheticians use a soft hand and subtle touch to beautify their clients. They also personalize each treatment using information from a complimentary pre-service consultation. Dermaplaning, chemical peels, microdermabrasions, and hydrofacials all help to restore youthful glows, while lasers are used for anything from removing hair and reducing fine lines to cutting away uncomfortable, shrunken sweaters.
Belfiore Salon & Day Spa is 10,000 square feet of luxury. Virtually every possible beauty, relaxation, and wellness service is available here, from massage therapy and hair removal to Brazilian blowouts, mani-pedis, and permanent cosmetics application. Come in for a chic new haircut and an indulgent body wrap, or have eyelash extensions applied and a laser hair removal treatment administered by a licensed professional. You can even work out—head over to the Elite Fitness Center to use weight-training and cardio machines, or try a small group fitness class. Tired muscles relax in the onsite steam and sauna rooms, leaving visitors feeling relaxed, renewed, and totally pampered.
Owner Janice Reyes and her stylists sculpt hair inside a historic brick building adorned with a mural of pink and periwinkle roses. In addition to cuts, color, and straightening treatments, stylists rearrange hair in sophisticated updos using products by Redken and Pureology. Mani-pedis keep nails looking neat, and massages with face cleansing help keep skin aglow with health. When they aren't cosseting clients, stylists keep the Alante boutique stocked with fun clothing for women of all ages and any number of heads.
Judy Kurtz, the mother of a 5-year-old, knows the discomfort and stress that come along with pregnancy. That’s why she created La Bella Belly Spa, which is dedicated to the relaxation and wellness of moms-to-be. Whether they’re using 3-D ultrasounds snapped by a certified sonographer to reassure a client that her baby is healthy or pampering a client with a variety of spa services, such as pregnancy massages, glow-enhancing facials, and foot-soothing pedicures, the duo knows how to keep expectant mothers happy. The spa also stocks various pregnancy products for sale and recently added an online maternity boutique. Though Kurtz caters to pregnant women, they also encourage women who aren't expecting and pregnant men to take advantage of La Bella Belly Spa.
Since Luz B graduated from the International Beauty College in 1988, she has lost no time studying the art and practice of beauty. After working in spas and parlors in and around Dallas for years, she eventually decided to take the plunge and open Luz B Day Spa to pamper guests her way. Her portfolio includes seven kinds of facials, some tailored to certain skin types, others designed for skin of a certain age. Clients can relax under masks while Luz takes care of cuticles and polishes nail with dollops of smooth color. She even maintains her own custom line of skincare products, including a vitamin C cream, a glycolic cleanser, and a special clay mask to wear when you don’t feel like putting on your face.