Eyes are like taxes: if someone's working on yours, you want them to be certified. Keri Burt, the aesthetician behind Big Sexy Lashes and a certified lash trainer with more than five years of experience, focuses almost exclusively on improving ocular aesthetics. Burt and her team apply several types of extensions: synthetic fiber extensions, which hold their curl for a uniform look; silk extensions with manicured tips; and soft, curly mink extensions that create a bold, natural look?like a skinny-dipper in a beluga tank. Lashes come in varying lengths and thicknesses, allowing staffers to customize applications and flatter each client's eye shape and personal aesthetic. The team uses fume-free medical-grade adhesives to hold extensions in place, even on windy days.
Burt's shop enables lash care beyond the salon by purveying beauty products such as Lash Bath, which removes eye makeup without damaging extensions. In case clients have other follicular concerns, the staff administers haircuts, above-the-neck waxes, and feather extensions.
Licensed aesthetic educator and med-spa vet Carrie Napiorkowski begins every skin treatment with a detailed skin analysis, a steam-assisted deep cleanse, an exfoliation, and an intensive hydration. Pharmaceutical-grade skincare products stand at attention in Carrie's arsenal, Moor Spa's all-natural, petroleum-free salves among them. The spa's roster of services ventures beyond visages to make backs tingle with enzyme treatments, soften signs of wrinkles or discoloration on hands, feet, and old leather purses with chemical peels, and even tone tushes with the Firming Fanny facial.
An oversize sign effervesces from the roof of Pink West's low-slung cottage, where a lush pastoral view rife with stunningly moisturized songbirds unfolds from wicker porch furniture. Inside, a crystal chandelier loops from the ceiling and softly lights the wooden floors and antique armoire of a genteel treatment room.
Gayla was sipping an organic iced coffee as she strolled down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC, contemplating her lifelong problem with stains. Whether spaghetti sauce on white shirts or the remnants of caffeinated drinks on teeth, stains bothered her deeply. Coffee. Stains. Teeth. That's when, walking by the White House?home to a Texan President at the time?she realized: everything's bigger in Texas, so why shouldn't that be true of their stains? She decided then to open an organic teeth-whitening spa in Austin. After her epiphany, Gayla gathered a team of beauty consultants, customer-service representatives, operations officers, and business consultants and opened My Texas Smile. She and her team pool their individual talents to brighten smiles for up to 12 months without using harsh chemicals.
Owner Luisa Velasquez-Lopez's multitalented staff of stylists and aestheticians approaches clients with a wealth of technical expertise and practical experience. Attentive stylists take each client's vision to heart to craft runway-worthy manes for men and women with a comprehensive repertoire of haircuts, conditioning treatments, and coloring services. Aestheticians pamper visages with an arsenal of hydrating masks chock-full of wholesome ingredients—including milk, honey, and European seaweed—to leave visages looking as youthful as Dorian Gray's baby pictures. A massage therapist wicks away muscular stress with soothing Swedish techniques, listening to clients’ needs before delivering full-body relaxation or kneadings focused on one particular problem area.
Within the green and blue walls of Day Lily Hair and Nail Salon, guests sip complimentary beverages and peruse magazines as they await the start of spa services. Massaging pedicure thrones gently relax backs as technicians beautify toes with traditional or Shellac polish. Free WiFi access lets hairstylists' clients download images of their favorite celebrity ?dos or Fraggle Rock characters to inspire haircuts and color services. The crew also waxes away unwanted hair and customizes facials with Dr Irena Eris products.
Supervised by an on-staff medical director, Cara Bella Studio's staff brings its A game to rejuvenate entire bodies with massages and med-spa treatments. Trained massage therapists wring tension from muscles to reduce stress and widen range of movement and also prop up postures by whispering pep talks to vertebrae. Nonsurgical med-spa services such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments aim to liberate facescapes from fine lines, and teeth whitening and eyelash extensions amp up smiles and winks, respectively.