Wherever Wenny Blackman goes, Aveda's organic products are sure to follow, and vice versa, as the stylist, aesthetician, and owner of Wen Chic Salon and Spa—an Aveda Concept Salon and Spa—has been attending Aveda classes since 1996. Needless to say, she and her skilled staff employ Aveda products exclusively to augment their repertoire of salon and spa services, including colorings that use HeadMapping, instead of traditional wizards, to predict the amount of time, product, and cost for each session.
Before the Texas board-certified stylists can cut, color, or treat hair, Blackman requires them to attend classes at the Aveda Institute. The stylists' mastery of Aveda's curriculum, coupled with their overall experience, determines their status as a stylist, senior stylist, master stylist, or director. Similarly, the licensed aestheticians and registered massage therapists reach for Aveda products during facials, massages, waxing treatments, and airbrush-tanning sessions, which are staged in the spa area's quiet summer and winter rooms, free of cell-phone ringtones and piles of burning leaves.
Kaaya Salon & Spa is named after the Sanskrit word for "Body." The mission is to encourage clients to refocus their attention to their own bodies and to embrace treatments designed to help them look and feel better. Stylists offer cuts and highlights, while skincare specialists tend to skin with facials and organic peels. Other services include body scrubs, massages, and laser-hair removal. Kaaya also offers more advanced treatments such as ion detox therapy and bio-synthesis light therapy, which harnesses the power of LED light to give skin a healthy, glowing appearance by increasing collagen and elastin without having to apply messy glow-stick liquid.
Back in 2007, master stylist Ericka Bustamante noticed her town was in need of a new beauty haven, a one-stop shop for men, women, and children in need of beauty services. So Ericka took it upon herself to meet that demand and founded EBS Salon & Spa.
A single red accent wall glows at the back of the salon area where clients recline in black leather chairs and sip complimentary beverages of water and coffee. Surrounded by chic black furnishings and vaulted ceilings, guests are stylistically transformed by keratin treatments, eyelash extensions, GlyMed Plus Skin Care products, and glo minerals cosmetics. Other available treatments include massages and facials. At the newly built salon, clients will find ample parking as well as a kids' play area.
After spending 16 years in the field of dentistry, Susanne Novotny felt it was time for a change. She decided to pursue a career in a different type of healing?therapeutic and wellness massage therapy. She is now a licensed massage therapist and the owner of Serendipity Massage & Laser, where she alleviates stress and tension with custom Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages.
The caring professional also spends one day per week working with a pain-management doctor to facilitate patients' healing. Novotny mixes her own essential-oil blends and creates sea salt and sugar scrubs, crafting all-natural and organic formulas to enhance relaxing massage sessions or re-create scratch-and-sniff memories from childhood.
Color theorists argue that green evokes feelings of relaxation, clarity, and oneness with nature. We can't know for sure if that's what the owners of Jasmine Nails had in mind when they chose to paint their spa's walls pale green?but it certainly helps the space feel even more like an oasis. A menu of services that includes facials, massages, and regular and Shellac mani-pedis adds to the relaxing vibe.
The massage therapists at Spa Heaven have a sensible solution for continually improving their techniques: they practice on each other. By drawing on that expert focus group, the staff has mastered the skills to soothe clients' bodies and minds with a unique blend of more than 15 modalities of Eastern and Western massage. But along with touch, the team also appeals to the other senses, filling rooms with the scents of aromatherapy oils and incense.
Spa Heaven's staff goes above and beyond treating aches with a slew of skin-rejuvenating body wraps. They concoct the compounds in their wraps from organic coffee in the organic green coffee body wrap, tropical fruit in the de-aging tropical fruit body wrap, and the finest mud pies in the aromatic dead sea mud wrap.