Apothecaries predate modern chemistry and pharmacology by hundreds of years, tracing their tradition of fashioning medicinal compounds from natural ingredients to Baghdad in the 8th century and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. These skilled practitioners developed proven techniques to heal weary patients with organic balms and soothe hoards of barbarian Gauls with aromatic oils. Located near Lake Ray Hubbard, Affinity Salon & Spa mines these ancient techniques in its own apothecary, custom-making products and reinforcing their mission to guarantee each client "quality services with a personal touch." Winners of a 2010 Talk of the Town award, the staffers dote on every guest with spa and salon services that integrate oils, herbs, and teas to foster a relaxing, organic experience.
Rockwall Aesthetic Center's owner, Jan Blaha, pulls off a paradox at her clinic. While she and her staff work to keep their laser and beauty technologies up to date, at the same time they maintain the tranquil atmosphere of a traditional spa. This peaceful ambiance can be attributed, in part, to the way each of the trained medical aestheticians use a soft hand and subtle touch to beautify their clients. They also personalize each treatment using information from a complimentary pre-service consultation. Dermaplaning, chemical peels, microdermabrasions, and hydrofacials all help to restore youthful glows, while lasers are used for anything from removing hair and reducing fine lines to cutting away uncomfortable, shrunken sweaters.
At first glance, Niemann Perry Salon looks edgy, its carpet daubed with a graffiti-like black-and-white print and its staffers roaming about styled in neon hair dye and tattoos. But this edgy style simply adds personality and flair to the professional med-spa and salon linked by a partnership to board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Martin. Guided by the doctor, the staff performs an extensive list of aesthetic services, including facial peels, laser hair removal, Botox, and other injections. Not to be outdone, hair stylists stock their stations with Keune, L'anza, and Kevin Murphy products, and nail artists slick talons with OPI lacquers and trim cuticles using only their boot spurs.
Belfiore Salon & Day Spa is 10,000 square feet of luxury. Virtually every possible beauty, relaxation, and wellness service is available here, from massage therapy and hair removal to Brazilian blowouts, mani-pedis, and permanent cosmetics application. Come in for a chic new haircut and an indulgent body wrap, or have eyelash extensions applied and a laser hair removal treatment administered by a licensed professional. You can even work out—head over to the Elite Fitness Center to use weight-training and cardio machines, or try a small group fitness class. Tired muscles relax in the onsite steam and sauna rooms, leaving visitors feeling relaxed, renewed, and totally pampered.
The cosmetology licenses and certifications pile up at The Studio at Rockwall Spa and Makeup Artistry, where owner Kim Morrow Johnson and her experienced staff beautify visitors during a slew of cosmetic services. Johnson's AIIC-certified master technician and instructor status shows as she applies permanent makeup and eyelash extensions. She and her team of licensed aestheticians augment their work—which includes makeup, waxing, airbrush tanning, and facial treatments—with products from Dermalogica and MUD.
Prior to opening Zen Spa & Skincare in 1996, licensed aesthetician Kathy Trinh trained under several acne experts, including—most notably—Dr. James Fulton, the co-developer of the acne-fighting drug Retin-A. Nowadays, Trinh has joined his ranks as an expert, helping patients diminish the appearance of blemishes with Jet Peel exfoliation, microdermabrasion, ultrasound waves, and PCA skincare products. Though her specialty lies in tending to faces, she extends her pampering abilities to performing body wraps, mani-pedis, and hot-stone massages that use rocks sourced from playgrounds during games of Hot Lava.