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.
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.
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.
2010 is destined to be the year you finally push Douglas off the jungle gym and end his 30-year tyrannical reign as King of the Hill. Get the body you need to make it happen with today’s Groupon, which gets new clients four personal training sessions, plus a fitness assessment and nutrition assistance, from the motivating trainers at Human Machine Athletic Club in Lakeway for $69 (a $279 value). *“I was impressed with Jon from our first meeting…his professionalism, knowledge, energy, enthusiasm, great personality and sense of humor put me at ease and calmed any apprehensions I had…I lost 10 lbs overall and gained 6 lbs of muscle and my body fat dropped 11%...Over a year later I am still going strong!!” – kllrph, Citysearch
Dr. Hooty Alayan completely dedicates himself to his patients' well-being, but he considers their comfort and relaxation to be almost as important as their oral health. In addition to a comforting, relaxing ambiance where clients can feel at home, Dr. Alayan's technicians pamper visitors with complimentary hot scented towels and massaging dental chairs while they inspect teeth for problematic signs and perform preventive treatments. Dr. Alayan has been utilizing CEREC 3-D technology—which allows users to custom-fabricate crowns and onlays—since 2005, and the staff's arsenal of modern dental gadgetry also includes intraoral cameras and digital x-ray machines with low levels of radiation. Great Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry’s interior also creates a homey, relaxing setting with its bright tones, leather furniture, and marble accents.