Pedestrians navigating the historical charm of McKinney's downtown square step into Pavitra Organic Day Spa and find themselves in another type of nostalgic haven—one that honors a time when skincare was all-natural. The eco-friendly spa's name originates from the Sanskrit word meaning "pure" and is honored in the spa's use of botanically based and organic products from brands such as Juice Beauty and Farmaesthetics. Services such as the signature organic facial employ only eco-friendly supplies, and staffers enhance massages with sea salt from WoodSprite's Muscle Mender line. Experts also remove hair from face and body using an all-natural blend of beeswax and essential oils.
The spa's waiting area amplifies its relaxing ambiance with a soft, ecru-colored sofa and decorations inspired by nature, including sand, stones, tree branches, and a cross-section of rainbow preserved in a glass jar. The crew further demonstrates its commitment to caring for the world by sponsoring community events.
At Tim Jon Salon, stylists recharge their client’s looks with a bevvy of salon and day spa services. Haircuts kickstart beautifying makeovers that are complemented by color treatments and Brazilian Blowouts from products by Kerastase and Shu Uemura. In the day spa, technicians perform waxing and deluxe mani-pedis as well as eyelash extensions. The stylists also offer formal up-dos and bridal consultations to help brides prepare for their big day.
Europa Salon & Spa helps clients define their aesthetic image by creating well-crafted coiffures. During a men's or women's cut, experienced stylists take up their shears and shape head-hedges into neatly trimmed frizz, pausing often to water thirsty stems with moisturizing Aquage and Biolage products. In addition to the follicle chopping, clients have the option of pairing their haircut with a professional Redken dye to refresh worn-out colors and impress the fickle drawing room mirrors.
At Rene's Lagniappe Hair Salon, owner Rene Teague-Osuna and her team of coiffure-curators bolster crumbling exteriors with a bevy of doting salon services. Surrender locks to expert scissor wielders for a shampoo, cut, and style (up to $50) with Redken and Pureology products, a gravity-defying updo ($60+), or a single-application color ($60+) to preen for an upcoming party or alter your appearance while evading the police. The 30-minute mini-facial treatment can quell rebellious faces with exfoliation, moisturization, and toner ($50), and an array of waxing services helps chase away trespassing follicles from the underarms ($25+), brow ($15), lip ($10), and more.
Simply Beautiful Lashes' owner Amy spent 20 years in the corporate world before deciding to open her own lash studio. The decision was a big one, but it only took one client to convince her that she'd made the right choice. A woman who had recently undergone chemotherapy for breast cancer visited her studio in hopes of receiving a fan of fluttery extensions to boost her own eyelashes, which were just beginning to grow back. Since the woman's lashes were still weak, Amy could only apply relatively short, thin extensions, creating a look that was more natural than dramatic. “When she looked into the mirror she broke out into tears,” Amy recounted. “I thought she was upset, but they were tears of joy—she said for the first time in years she felt like a woman again.” With that, she knew lash extensions were her calling.
Amy, a self-described perfectionist, has made every effort to ensure her spa is worthy of her customers' time and money. From the soft music and warm lighting from Himalayan salt-crystal lamps to the 320-hour, 80-application training process required of her licensed lash professionals, each element of the business strives to make every lash application an enjoyable one. The lash artists use only synthetic-mink extensions and formaldehyde-free, medical-grade adhesives, and apply lashes one by one. The result is a look that's not only natural and elegant, but often forgoes the need for mascara, eyelash curlers, and beauty tips from Snuffalupagus.
Marmalade and organic cucumber baths are just the beginning of the organic cucumber pedicure at Nailspa 4 U. What follows: a full foot- and leg-exfoliation, moisturizing treatment, and cucumber firming mask, and then a paraffin foot wrap and soothing hot stone leg massage. Similar indulgences abound on the menu of manicures and pedicures at this full-service nail salon, such as the hot oil and paraffin manicure and 60-minute facial that can give any complexion a healthy glow. Nailspa 4 U also offer men’s pedicures uniting foot soaks, masques, and lower leg massages that will make arms wish they bore the body's weight or had to suffer the indignity of wearing shinguards. Not only does the spa offer a wide range of indulgent services, but it also welcomes guests into its warm embrace for special occasion such as birthdays, wedding showers, or anniversaries.