It’s no coincidence that Salon Bloom’s name makes a reference to nature. The staff relies on certified organic products when styling clients, including organic keratin treatments to make hair sleeker and shinier without chemicals. Aside from their products, the staff is sure to follow environmentally conscious and green practices, such as reusing dulled shears as hair sticks.
Elvis Presley has arguably the most iconic hairstyle in pop culture—a slicked-back pompadour with long sideburns. It was a style that became popular after he began performing in Memphis, even though it reportedly had long existed on the heads of Southern truck drivers. In the heart of Elvis’s stomping grounds, Essentials Hair Salon’s expert stylist Cassandra Murphy carries on the tradition of Southern style, arranging hair to suit both old- and new-school trends. She gilds select strands with highlights, plays up curls, and even adds eyelash extensions in a salon that feels as homey and cozy as kangaroo’s pouch decorated with a string of Christmas lights.
Before she became a sought-after stylist—working on BET's Celebration of Gospel, two movies, commercials, and more—Kori Randolph honed her skills by with whatever she could get her hands on, cutting her friends’ hair with kitchen scissors. Despite the crude equipment, her friends continued requesting her services, inspiring Randolph to pursue a career in what she loved the most: styling. Now a nine-year veteran of the beauty industry, Randolph works out of Voyage2Beauty Hair and Nail Salon. Here, in addition to cuts and color, she specializes in designs for big events, such as high-school reunion updos or wedding mohawks.
Braids, bond and sew-in weaves, relaxers, twists, and color—the stylists at Enchantment Beauty Salon can bring about a remarkable variety of transformations. With tool chests brimming with products from Keracare and Affirm, the staff works diligently under the leadership of owner Kim, who brings more than 25 years of experience to her sessions. Treatments can add softness, shimmering hues, or striking braids or twists that can flatter the face. Alternatively, eyelash extensions frame peepers, add expressivity, and protect eyes from the eyelashes that might fall from a third eye on the forehead.
Serving central Texas for more than 25 years, Bridal Extravaganza simplifies shopping for brides and grooms by collecting more than 200 vendors under one roof. The booths of experienced wedding professionals lure in couples to sample their wares, from planners showing off their color-coded to-do lists to caterers doling out tastes of cakes, dinner dishes, and champagne. Fashion shows give onlookers a taste of the latest dress fashions for brides and bridesmaids and the latest developments in the world of cummerbunds for grooms. By the day's end, lucky ticket holders win prizes for a free wedding gown, bridal pictures, and cash. Each bride who attends the Bridal Extravaganza will receive $500 in free Bridal Bucks to spend on select exhibitors or a fairy godmother.
The aestheticians at Esthetiques Skin Spa have all long held an interest in skincare, even dating back to childhood for one pro who gave herself mud-pie facials. While mud is conveniently left off the menu, the team does unfurl Intraceuticals products, glycolic-acid peels, and a Nuface microcurrent toning device to revitalize tired mugs and combat acne, sun spots, and fine lines. They also adorn fresh canvases with spray tans that leave bodies looking bronzed and beautiful.