Owner LaZaundra draws from more than 20 years of experience in the beauty industry to turn frazzled locks into straight, sleek dos. She treats clients to Brazilian blowouts that smooth out frizz and soften locks, and she also provides nailcare services.
Nestled inside a sprawling yellow house first built in 1963, Mapleshade Spa retains much of its structure’s original charm. Out front, a set of wind chimes and a swing rock gently in the breeze above a huge wraparound porch. Garden fountains send up spouts of water amid colorful, aromatic thickets of rosemary, thyme, mint, lavender, and roses scattered beneath the boughs of large trees.
This bucolic setting surrounds Mapleshade Spa’s eight treatment rooms, where aestheticians set to work pampering their clientele with botanical skincare products from Pevonia and Éminence Organics. To account for different skin types and concerns, the staff offers more than 10 types of facials—all of which can be performed outside if desired—and an array of body treatments, including massages and body wraps. Stylists trim and highlight tresses in the hair salon while nail techs brush Shellac polish onto digits in both public and private nailcare areas. Mapleshade Spa frequently hosts spa parties to celebrate special events or provide a day away from clingy parole officers.
The stylists at Eleven 11 Hair Studio pamper guests with a full menu of salon services, including haircuts, color, highlights, and bridal treatments. Recently, the space has expanded its offerings, adding a blow-dry bar to their full menu of cut, color, extension, and smoothing services. In 2011, D Magazine reporter Raya Ramsey praised the salon—formerly Sol Ben Hair Studio— and its owners Asher and Shari, writing that “they’re experts, and you won’t be sorry with what you walk away with.” Mirroring the owners’ collective commitment to style, the salon’s waiting area adds an artful touch to any visit, with pillow-strewn, contemporary couches complimenting shiny black floors, square white columns, towering ceilings, and shelves lined with products by Kérastase and Sebastian. And inside the main space, sleek chairs invite clients to sit in front of full-length mirrors as stylists cut, color, and texturize strands, leaving them looking as stunning as a taser draped in prom dresses.
When Younes Ounzar moved from New York to Dallas, he brought coloring expertise that earned him—and only five other salons across the nation—a spot on Colin Cowie Weddings the Hair Hit List. Following the lead of Ounzar, stylists at Capelli Salon Dallas enhance manes with an array of services and their own line of nourishing products. Coifs emerge with vibrant new tones after ammonia-free coloring treatments, or sport smooth, sleek tresses after Japanese thermal treatments. Real human-hair extensions add dramatic length or empathy for a sister who lives in a locked tower. Full-length mirrors and red cube-shaped chairs imbue the salon with a contemporary, European vibe that is elevated with modernistic white chandeliers.
Warren Wilkes Salon is quite capable of cranking out pretty hairdos with dazzling highlights, but its owner is also able to deal with the wind- and sun-ravaged hair that only comes from frequently riding a motorcycle. According to an Examiner.com article, Warren, a biker himself, knows exactly where to add layers so that the hair still maintains a great shape even after being smooshed under a helmet and tied with hair bands. He even tells his long-haired clients to place covered hair bands in tresses every 3 inches in order to keep hair protected from the elements and frog plagues.
When Warren and his stylists are not tending to bikers’ hair, they correct color, add hair extensions, and create updos. Aestheticians work alongside Warren and his hairstylists, beautifying faces with microdermabrasion and lash tinting.
Blond-hued brick walls serve as a minimalist backdrop inside Tomoko Shima’s eponymous hair salon and reverberate with the owner and stylist’s cutting-edge styling techniques. After studying cosmetology and makeup in Tokyo and Osaka for five years, Tomoko crossed the globe to establish salons in New York City. Each hair service harnesses products including Unite Eurotherapy, which eschews such hair-damaging ingredients as sulfates, parabens, and casting calls for bubblegum. The brimming shelves also parade hair color from Davines, and lemongrass shampoo unleashes the herb's complex citric bouquet. Along with traditional haircuts and coloring, Tomoko also calls upon the increasingly popular japanese straightening technique.