Though their talents are as diverse as their tools—which include products from Bumble and bumble, Wella, OPI, and Dermalogica—the stylists and beauty experts at SalonBlu share a single mission: to enhance their clients’ natural beauty. The expert stylists customize cuts for heads all shapes and sizes and add luster to hair with infusions of proteins culled from plants and sustainably harvested granola bars. On the other side of the salon, skincare specialists beautify visages with facial treatments that range from peels to microdermabrasions and nail technicians brush on chip-resistant shellac polish and apply artificial nails. The full-service salon also hosts a team of massage therapists, that shoos away stress with five different modalities, including an express scalp massage and a more intensive chakra-balancing treatment.
SalonBlu permeates its studio space with royal-blue styling chairs, punctuated with blond woods, black-and-white photography, and a sleek, chrome coffee machine that keeps guests from falling asleep by telling riveting stories about its time as the personal coffeemaker to Gerald Ford.
In addition to bolstering the well-being and beauty of its human patrons, the staff at Mona Lisa Eco Salon & Spa also looks out for a much larger client: Mother Earth. That’s why the staff uses Italian-made Davines Essential Haircare products during all of their cut, style, and coloring services. Crafted from natural ingredients of Mediterranean origin, using 100% renewable energy, and housed in environmentally friendly packaging, Davines products color strands without ammonia or traces of crayon. Staffers also pamper other parts of the body, treating clients to facials, fruit peels, massages, and natural wax services.
Licensed nail professional Aisha L. McCaleb and the team at A-Spot Nail Studio give fingers and toes an elegant transformation with custom mani-pedis. Patterned white furnishings provide a sleek counterbalance to the spa’s pink walls, creating an aura of pampering and indulgence that’s mirrored by nail treatments that include hot stones and exfoliating hand and foot scrubs. Nail technicians draw from a spectrum of OPI polish colors at the conclusion of mani-pedis, resulting in nails that look so groomed they can be dunked in a punch bowl without offending other partygoers.
The trained nail technicians at Anthony Rocco's Hair Design prune overzealous fingernails into elegant and glossy silhouettes in a warm and airy salon space. Each 30-minute manicure refreshes talons damaged from daily leapfrog commutes with a soak, trim, and burnishing buff. Newly supple nails eagerly accept a lustrous slick of polish in dazzling shades such as Houston, We Have a Purple or Austin-tatious Turquoise, proud constituents of OPI's Texas collection. During the manicure, technicians also treat twisted limbs to a hand and arm massage, which moisturizes skin and coaxes hands out of defensive claw formations.
A dedicated team transforms drab hairdos and slathers freshly manicured nails in Shellac polish in The Beauty Boutique's relaxed, trendy space. Clients unwind in sleek brown salon chairs surrounded by lofted ceilings, wood floors, shimmering gold mirrors, and vintage-looking styling stations. Delicate chandeliers illuminate walls lined with exposed brick and sepia-toned portraits, which remind visitors of earlier eras in American history when the government had to ration colors.