At The V Spot Nail Spa, clients can sink into massive white armchairs as their feet soak in gleaming silver basins as the soothing scents of the lavender scrub and shea butter waft through the air. While they relax in armchairs or perch themselves at manicure stations, their toe- and fingertips are painted with OPI and CND Shellac polish, which make appendages easy to spot when their owners are rotating atop a baggage-claim conveyor belt. Olive lotion, lavender scrubs, and aloe augment manicures, softening hands as guests look up at the salon?s crystal chandeliers, ornate mirrors, and exposed-brick walls.
Sparkle Salon’s steady-handed technicians clear unwanted hairs from delicate body areas with thorough waxing treatments. After clients retire to a secluded area, a salon staffer discusses hair-removal options, addresses customer concerns, and hypothesizes about whether Mona Lisa was smirking because she heard a joke or had a hamster crawling beneath her cloak. Next, the stubble savant meticulously applies wax to loitering strands and paper strips, and with a quick twist of the wrist removes pesky pelts residing in bikini zones and beyond. Brazilian waxing saves skin surfaces from the irritation of razor burn, the lengthy process of tweezing, and the ineffective gesture of politely asking hair to leave. Waxed surfaces can remain smooth and fuzz-free for up to six weeks.
With a clean, modern interior to match the Monroe Center of The Arts where it's located, La Femme European Day Spa transports its clients to the posh spas of Europe. The team of stylists and therapists rely on European techniques and products, such as Repechage, to perform facials such as the classic European, four-layer, and hydra refine to exfoliate and restore a youthful glow. Meanwhile, peppermint body wraps and other body treatments tone and refresh, and nine styles of massage sooth tense muscles and joints.
Master stylist, educator, and platform artist Nina Grossman traveled the country before settling in Texas. Over the course of 16 years, she honed her skills from Alaska to New York, landing in Austin in 2007 to open Luxe A Boutique Salon. Throughout her career, Grossman has mentored up-and-coming beauty pros on the art of hair design as well as the importance of listening to clients' needs and reinterpretations of show-tune classics. She's gathered a team of master stylists and color specialists, makeup artists, and aestheticians to perform services that range from haircuts and highlights to peels and threading.
Her salon's exposed-brick walls and leather chairs lend it sophistication, and damask-like patterns juxtaposed with animal prints nod to both vintage and contemporary sensibilities. In a private, chocolate-toned skincare room, associates perform fragrant facials with Éminence Organic Skin Care products, soothing complexions in the way the floral artwork soothes the mind. Afterward, women can shop for apparel and accessories in the boutique area or head to the outdoor patio to relax before reemerging into the world.
To become the perfect spa, one has to think like Perfect Spa Inc. Or at least like its experienced staff, who have caught the attention of CBS News with their vast repertoire of massage, skincare, and alternative-wellness services. The staff tackles an expansive range of treatments, which include ear candling, during which an aesthetician places a waxed cloth in ears and safely lights the end. The flame's negative pressure works to remove years of buildup from ears, leaving them healthier and cleaner. Skincare products from brands like Yon-Ka and G.M. Collins are used in the spa's staggering 10 different kinds of facials. The low-fat facial is designed to slim down faces using lymphatic-drainage techniques, while the 24-karat gold facial brightens complexions using real gold sheets raided from Cleopatra’s personal stash. In the spa's hotel-style lounge area, nail technicians beautify digits using CND, OPI, and Essie polishes as well as botanically infused products such as an avocado cuticle conditioner and green-tea mask.
Aestheticians at Spa Martier go above and beyond the call of beauty to create luxurious services that match the spa's lush surroundings. Gleaming crystal chandeliers cast a glittery glow onto nails pampered with paraffin moisturizers and 24-karat gold, and candles cast their own golden glimmer inside private treatment rooms, guiding trained hands as they perform massages with tiger clamshells or chakra-balancing sessions with real diamonds. Supervised by Dr. Amir Farzad Sheibanie, aestheticians perform 18 kinds of facials for both men and women that incorporate elements such as marine botanicals, caviar, and LED light therapy. With 3,000 feet of space, its should come as little surprise that the spa also houses a fully stocked fashion boutique and café, as well as a full-service salon where stylists can perform one of 11 holistic head treatments. Designed to relax, refresh, and replenish hair, these treatments incorporate a blend of massage, aromatherapy, and special products to prime scalps for designer haircuts, coloring treatments, and volunteer work in phrenology classrooms.