Because all of the hairstylists at TréusDell Salon & Spa have a minimum of five years of professional experience, they’re able to offer virtually any hair service under the Texas sun. Specialties range from the latest cuts and coloring techniques to feather-lock and micro-cylinder hair extensions, straightening procedures, and nourishing scalp treatments. The expansive beauty haven is also home to talented aestheticians, massage therapists, nail technicians, and professional makeup artists.
Throughout the staff-decorated space, music creates a relaxing and inviting ambiance. At each of the three locations, a boutique area showcases purses, shoes, and ballroom gowns—must-haves for a beauty pageant or an evening spent convincing people you’re a Norwegian princess.
At Solstice Salon & Spa, most of the pampering services concentrate on improving clients' complexions. The menu includes PCA chemical peels, microdermabrasion treatments, facials, and Red Carpet face-lifts, which can electrically erase fine lines and wrinkles for up to 72 hours, or the duration a blue whale can hold its breath. The staff members provide services for the rest of the body, too. They remove hair during waxing sessions and add it during eyelash extension appointments, which alleviate frustrations caused by eyelash curlers and mascara.
Joyez Beauty Salon styles all types of hair. The stylists, who boast more than 20 years of experience, spruce up hair with curl silk wraps, weaves, and micro-links, and glue and fusion techniques. The team puts Avalon and Mizani products to work to help render those services. Green plants and sponge-painted, earth-tone walls backdrop their efforts to make hair as elegant as a limousine covered in beautiful hair.
Since its origins as a converted parking garage, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has ushered film-lovers of all breeds into its auditoriums, even gaining a following among Hollywood legends; Quentin Tarantino has been known to host five-day movie marathons at Alamo. The theater has earned that reputation by making moviegoing a personal experience, from the menu of handcrafted snacks and locally brewed beer to the completely ad-free presentations before shows. Alamo?s ninja servers pick up written food and drink orders throughout the movie and serve moviegoers directly at their seat. The staff enforces a strict no-talking, no-texting policy by kicking out any offenders, falling just short of yanking them from their seats with a giant's shepherd's crook.
Both first-run blockbusters and classics are projected onto Alamo's silver screens in crisp 35-millimeter or digital format. Meanwhile, surround speakers immerse audiences in the cinematic soundscape, whether they're seated in one of the expansive theaters afforded to blockbuster reels or the more intimate spaces reserved for indie films wound around tiny bobbins. Despite Alamo's vow of silence, fan-centric Quote-Along and Sing-Along nights encourage guests to shout their favorite lines, and actors, directors, and other celebrities often attend special screenings to lead in-depth discussions. These exclusive events have led to acclaim for Alamo from publications such as Entertainment Weekly, which called it ?one of America's most fanatically unique moviegoing experiences,? and Wired, which opined that it "might just be the coolest movie theater in the world."
Close your eyes. Picture a country cottage surrounded by rose gardens. Now walk in and lie down. A team of massage therapists stands at the ready to apply warm towels to your sore muscles. Just as the first whiff of lavender and peppermint reaches your nose, you feel their practiced hands press down on your knotted muscles and overworked joints. Or maybe you feel warm and soft as a layer of gentle exfoliants, botanical body butters, and moist towels wrap your body to soothe and nourish your skin. After what feels like hours, you slowly rise from the table, muscles loose and skin soft. Before you can say thank you, you're handed a free bottle of spring water to wash down a selection of sweet chocolates. The scent of aromatherapy oils fades away as you leave the spa haven, and the smell of fresh roses ushers you outside. The country opens up in front of you. Now open your eyes.
It's not a dream. The quaint country cottage surrounded by rose gardens, the gentle massage therapists, the free chocolates—it's all very real at Blue Monarch Massage, where bodies benefit from the mother and daughter team’s years of collective experience delivering pain-relief and relaxation. The duo’s attention to detail turns simple spa services into full-blown, luxurious experiences with amenities such as free chocolates, hot-towel applications, and aromatherapy oils.
Before earning his diploma in Swedish massage from the Austin School of Massage Therapy, licensed massage therapist Don A. Hampton discovered a passion for helping others heal while working as a medic in the U.S. Air Force and Texas Army National Guard. At Hampton Bodywerks Massage Spa, his highly trained hands do battle with tightly wound tissue, tension, and pain, arming themselves from an arsenal of relaxation-inducing tools that includes hot stones, salt stones, and therapeutic herbs. Ginger, turmeric, and lemongrass are central players in Hampton's Thai herbal ball massage?a 5,000-year-old practice designed to relieve pain and inflammation using a steamed herbal compress and gentle circular movements. Other specialty services include the Balinese-inspired jamu massage, which energizes the body with acupressure, long strokes, and percussion-like drumming, as well as sugar-scrub body treatments that soften skin using a blend of white and brown sugars, grape-seed and canola oils, and other ingredients favored by beautiful scones.