When thinning out her eyebrows as a young woman, Saima Bukhari discovered something surprising: she was pretty good at this whole beauty thing. Soon, she was helping her friends improve their looks, a passion that would lead her to stints as a Lancôme makeup artist and student at Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy. She opened Glow Medical Spa and Salon with her husband, using her University of Cincinnati education to help share her talents with the public. Together with her staff, she manages wily heads with custom haircuts and styling, including coloring and full and partial highlights for men and women. When not busy culling body hair with waxing and laser hair removal, staffers expand their relaxation services to the whole body during mani-pedis, facials, and five different massage modalities. They also administer dermal fillers and injections to reverse the signs of aging, and tighten skin with the FDA-approved SmartLipo system.
Inside Glow, crystal chandeliers droop down to illuminate rich wooden floors, blending with natural sunlight, a welcoming fireplace, and flickering candles to bathe visitors in soothing rays. A comfy waiting room replete with tea cookies and pastries showcases the salon's products from brands such as Éminence Organic Skin Care and Bumble and bumble. Inspirational messages pepper the decor, with decorative signs reminding visitors to "glow," "dream," and "don't store extra bubblegum in hair."
Many standard nail spas shuttle clients in and out as quickly as possible, but at Nail Spa by Sarah, Sarah and her team take the time to pamper with their spa pedicures, french manicures, and Spoil Me package, which includes a deluxe mani-pedi, food detox, and glass of champagne. The foot detox is a 70-minute service that focuses on relaxing weary feet with fizzy potions and hydrating serums. From Tuesday to Saturday, the spa stays open until 7 p.m., making it convenient for those who are busy working, shuttling kids around, or searching for Waldo all day.
In the same way a gardener cultivates the ground for vegetables, the therapists at The Garden Experience Wellness Spa cultivate the body for relaxation. And like gardeners, they use an assortment of tools along with their bare hands. Hot stones, eucalyptus essential oil, acai berry and exfoliating shea butter scrubs work to evaporate tension during customized massage sessions.
To get an idea of the kinds of services offered at Carrollton Square Salon & Spa, you need only look up. In one of the treatment rooms, a tent hovers over the massage bed, ready to catch clouds of toxin-dispersing steam. In another room, the ceiling’s wooden bars allow trained ashiatsu practitioners to buoy and balance themselves while massaging clients' backs with their feet. The only thing you'll find on the ceiling of the relaxation room is soft, recessed lighting and the trapped cartoon-bubble sighs of stress relief left behind by previous guests.
The salon and spa harnesses the historic charm of downtown Carrollton and is filled with friendly, down-to-earth staffers. This combination won over readers of the Carrollton Leader, who voted it the Best Spa and Best Massage in 2012.
After 18 years spent helping her clients get the hairstyles of their dreams, Kara Evans was finally able to realize her own lifelong dream of opening her own salon. Since March of 2012, she’s helmed the wheel of Bella Tula Salon, where her scissoring and hair coloring skills are complemented by other aesthetic services such as special occasion makeup. Hair remains her greatest passion, however, so she pulls products by Kuene and Pureology to aid her as she tends to the tresses of both men and women. Beyond custom cuts, her specialties include corrective color and thermal straightening, as well as children’s mohawks, which give kids the extra inches they need to finally ride roller coaters by themselves.
Each of Tangerine Salons' four locations operate under a charitable ethos and the nature-based tenants of Aveda. Aveda's environmentally conscious, naturally derived products infuse all of Tangerine's salon services. Seven tiers of hairstylists—ranging from Protégé I to Master III—handle the hairstyling duties by snipping, highlighting, and conditioning locks. At the Coppell and Cedar Hill locations, the staff dedicates space to an array of spa services, including massages, facial treatments, mani-pedis, and back facials that help eliminate crow's feet on people with eyes in the back of their heads.