Master stylist, educator, and platform artist Nina Grossman traveled the country before settling in Texas. Over the course of 16 years, she honed her skills from Alaska to New York, landing in Austin in 2007 to open Luxe A Boutique Salon. Throughout her career, Grossman has mentored up-and-coming beauty pros on the art of hair design as well as the importance of listening to clients' needs and reinterpretations of show-tune classics. She's gathered a team of master stylists and color specialists, makeup artists, and aestheticians to perform services that range from haircuts and highlights to peels and threading.
Her salon's exposed-brick walls and leather chairs lend it sophistication, and damask-like patterns juxtaposed with animal prints nod to both vintage and contemporary sensibilities. In a private, chocolate-toned skincare room, associates perform fragrant facials with Éminence Organic Skin Care products, soothing complexions in the way the floral artwork soothes the mind. Afterward, women can shop for apparel and accessories in the boutique area or head to the outdoor patio to relax before reemerging into the world.
To become the perfect spa, one has to think like Perfect Spa Inc. Or at least like its experienced staff, who have caught the attention of CBS News with their vast repertoire of massage, skincare, and alternative-wellness services. The staff tackles an expansive range of treatments, which include ear candling, during which an aesthetician places a waxed cloth in ears and safely lights the end. The flame's negative pressure works to remove years of buildup from ears, leaving them healthier and cleaner. Skincare products from brands like Yon-Ka and G.M. Collins are used in the spa's staggering 10 different kinds of facials. The low-fat facial is designed to slim down faces using lymphatic-drainage techniques, while the 24-karat gold facial brightens complexions using real gold sheets raided from Cleopatra’s personal stash. In the spa's hotel-style lounge area, nail technicians beautify digits using CND, OPI, and Essie polishes as well as botanically infused products such as an avocado cuticle conditioner and green-tea mask.
Aestheticians at Spa Martier go above and beyond the call of beauty to create luxurious services that match the spa's lush surroundings. Gleaming crystal chandeliers cast a glittery glow onto nails pampered with paraffin moisturizers and 24-karat gold, and candles cast their own golden glimmer inside private treatment rooms, guiding trained hands as they perform massages with tiger clamshells or chakra-balancing sessions with real diamonds. Supervised by Dr. Amir Farzad Sheibanie, aestheticians perform 18 kinds of facials for both men and women that incorporate elements such as marine botanicals, caviar, and LED light therapy. With 3,000 feet of space, its should come as little surprise that the spa also houses a fully stocked fashion boutique and café, as well as a full-service salon where stylists can perform one of 11 holistic head treatments. Designed to relax, refresh, and replenish hair, these treatments incorporate a blend of massage, aromatherapy, and special products to prime scalps for designer haircuts, coloring treatments, and volunteer work in phrenology classrooms.
At Alfangi Salon on Fifth, coziness couples with luxury in a space decorated with distressed yellow-gold walls, enormous bronze-framed mirrors, and chocolate-hued drapes. After practicing in the cosmetic industry for more than 15 years in the Unites States and Europe, Irina opened the upscale salon with Yolanda, who boasts work on television and independent films, and Rafael, who spent a decade mastering hair coloring by filling out a stack of 3,000 coloring books. The elite trio drew fellow styling stars to its team, including Aveda-certified technicians, a licensed aesthetician, and assorted experts on Japanese thermal straightening and ethnic and curly hairstyling. Together, they pamper clients with fully custom spa services such as massage therapy and manicures. Stylists dedicate their energies to beautifying visitors, tailoring haircuts to suit faces and lifestyles, offering at-home tips to keep hair looking great, and covering new 'dos with scratch-n-sniff stickers.
Nails on 54th packs a lot of pampering into a small space. Basic manicures and pedicures may be upgraded to include indulgent add-ons such as hydrating cucumber and avocado lotions, hot stones, or fragrant hot-chocolate treatments. Or, consider including a skin-softening paraffin-wax treatment, which helps alleviate pain and stiffness associated with arthritis or adding papier-mâché to your hands. Aestheticians remove dirt and oil from pores with cleansing facials that utilize the anti-aging properties of chocolate or oxygen, and massage therapists disentangle muscle knots with help from hot and cold stones or soothing aromatherapy. Though hair removal is rarely considered a relaxing venture, the staff at Nails on 54th strives to make it as painless as possible by treating sensitive skin with green and blue french waxes and azulene and by offering threading as a gentler option for delicate areas, such as around the eyes.
Across the spectrum of hair, body, and skin treatments offered at Bon-Bon Hair Salon and Spa, is a uniting theme of personalized attention. The practitioners pride themselves on their ability to make each client feel like they're the only person in the world, regardless of whether they're getting a facial with seaweed and Vitamin C, a body scrub with lavender and marine salts, or a calming massage with aromatherapy. The hairstylists, who've been featured in publications such as Us Weekly, lavish the same attention on clients, taking into account each one's features before fashioning a haircut or adding color to the mix. The spa also excels in just-for-men services such as haircuts and beard trims, but whatever the treatment, the staff's goal is to make the experience as enjoyable as the results are beautiful.