Licensed aestheticians appease rowdy epidermises with custom facials surrounded by the antique and rustic décor of an intimate spa. Customers uncoil during a 50-minute classic European facial, as a visage diviner mixes up a tailor-made cocktail—calibrated to each skin type—that cleanses, exfoliates, and soothes with gentle wisps of steam. Next, a nourishing mask and moisturizer leave faces as smooth as a seal dressed in a silk bathrobe before firm hands massage necks, shoulders, and scalps, purging facial lymph nodes of harmful toxins. Alternatively, customers can opt for a hydrating/age-defying facial, which lasts up to 75 minutes, to restore dry or dull faces to a youthful sheen. Clinicians coat faces, collagen eye pads, and busts of Abraham Lincoln with a hydrating mask, focusing their smoothing acumen on ironing out fine lines and wrinkles.
Owners Israel De Leon and Daniel Rodriguez value restoration. That much is clear after a visit to Landmark Salon and Spa, their Paul Mitchell focus salon, where staffers renew appearances inside a historical water power plant. By renovating their clients’ bodies, stylists and skin technicians hope to rebuild their confidence. They also offer massages to ease tense muscles and facials that use Dermalogica products to leave skin clear, exfoliated, and as hydrated as a sponge soaking in a puddle of Gatorade.
Veteran stylist William Edge wields 20 years of experience as a platform artist and world traveler to lead the staff at his eponymous family of salons, spread across Texas and Tennessee. At each location, teams brandish an arsenal of all-natural Aveda products forged from plants and environmentally friendly ingredients found across the globe. Equipped with such powerful conditioning and coloring supplies, they curtail unruly locks with shaping, shading, and retexturing services, and enhance radiant tresses with spa services, such as massages, facials, and makeup applications. Additionally, the salons' seasoned crew helps hone future stylists' skills at Prodedgy, its own training salon for emerging talent.
At first blush, Millennium Medi Spa seems to suffer from a crisis of identity. On one hand, the med spa relies on the clinical expertise of its physician directors to rejuvenate clients’ skin with advanced treatments. But one can’t help but notice the tranquil, spa-like atmosphere and the profusion of treatments—mani-pedis, massages, hydrating facials—that seem rooted in relaxation more than anything else.
These two personalities converge seamlessly thanks to a staff that splits its focus between results and relaxation. Technicians beautify nails with scrubs, paraffin dips, and glossy coats of polish while aestheticians tighten skin and release toxins with body wraps. Similarly results-based procedures include chemical peels, dermal fillers, and vibradermabrasion treatments that reduce the appearance of fine lines and barnacles stuck to the face.
Belle Waxing and Skincare founder Elizabeth Winston-Williams believes that what’s good for the environment is also good for the skin; namely, products that eschew harsh additives, synthetic fragrance, and paraben preservatives. She uses high-quality Berodin French depilatory wax when evicting fuzz from male and females clients, ensuring a clean environment with sanitized tables and linens, as well as a prohibition on double dipping sticks. To enhance natural beauty, her staff foregoes heavy foundations or bulky wax lips for Jane Iredale mineral makeup and round out their services with custom facial treatments and lash tinting. Elizabeth's licensed nutritionist, Tabitha Eavenson, studied at both Aveda School of Austin and Texas State University. She works with clients one-on-one to help them eat better, lose weight, and achieve glowing complexions.
Within the deep-vanilla walls of A New U Salon & Spa, stylist Jennifer Thompson sets up shop with all the necessary tools and brand-name hair potions needed to style, nourish, and transform her clients’ locks. Each of Jennifer’s treatments begins with an in-depth consultation, during which she discusses her subject's desired style, level of upkeep, and bridge-clearance height before picking up her shears or coloring brush. As a Redken-certified colorist, Jennifer refreshes hairstyles through her expertise in face-flattering cuts and subtle yet stylish hue transformations.
In keeping with the industrial-chic aesthetic, the interior at David Troy Salon is composed of an intriguing mixture of hard-and-soft decor. Studio lighting and exposed pipes line the high ceilings and look down on plush-yet-modern black salon chairs, abstractly shaped mirrors, and a bright-red accent wall. In these funky environs, expert stylists call upon Paul Mitchell products and the expertise of mentor David Troy to create upscale and enticing new looks.