Black-and-white portraits pop against walls of silver damask. An antique love seat sidles up to a zebra-printed chest. A chandelier's light glints against a table's gilded filigree. Although The Beauty Dive's historic-cottage setting radiates all things vintage, there is nothing dated about the pampering that occurs at the able hands of owner Yvette Reese and her staff. Yvette suffuses her studio with an atmosphere of creativity, encouraging her stylists and aestheticians to heed their own artistic inspiration as they forge modern hairstyles, eye-catching nails, and captivating cosmetic applications. To keep the image artisans up-to-date on the latest techniques, industry experts arrive every few months to lavish the staff with hands-on training and lessons in split-end psychology.
As stylists sculpt coifs to flatter individual faces, pedicure clients melt into oversize armchairs and bask in the skills of a master Shellac nail technician, who dips feet in fresh bowls of lavender-infused water before refining nails with sterile implements, unused files and buffers, and Opi and CND polishes. The beauty experts wield serums by Eminence Organics, Rusk, and Kevin Murphy, each of which are available for purchase to aid at-home primping. Between services, clients sip on wine, champagne, and martinis as they browse the boutique's collection of accessories and apparel from Johnny Was and 4 Love and Liberty, savoring a better union of sparkles and spirits than the wedding-ring speakeasies of the 1920 diamond prohibition.
Virtually no aesthetic concerns go unaddressed at Essentials Spa and Salon, which employs a diverse team of stylists and aestheticians as well as med-spa technicians armed with contemporary cosmetic technology. The salon staff keeps its clients looking sharp by pampering tresses with haircare products by Moroccanoil, KMS, and L'Oréal Professional, and the nail technicians augment their mani-pedis with everything from paraffin dips to agave-nectar rubs.
The massage therapists treat concerns beneath the surface by kneading overstressed muscles with a variety of soothing modalities, but the med-spa team also strives to effect deeper changes. Overseen by Dr. Michael Lesser, the technicians can employ cutting-edge equipment and products, including microdermabrasion wands, a cosmetic laser system, and clinical-strength skincare balms. These treatments collectively rejuvenate the skin while minimizing the appearance of blemishes that typically accompany aging, sun exposure, or frequent naps in a bathtub full of wet newspapers.
Dr. Patrick Beckham has seen a great deal of advancement in plastic surgery during his 35 years of servicing patients in Austin and surrounding areas. First certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 1972, Dr. Beckham is known as one of the first innovators in breast-implant technology and has kept up-to-date with the changes in surgery techniques. Aside from plastic surgeries, his other services have advanced as well—from invasive liposuction to noninvasive body-contouring treatments and a nonsurgical face-lift that reduces acne and leaves skin supple, like a pillow under a layer of whipped cream. The staff relieves pain and removes tension with timeless Swedish or deep-tissue massage as well as the touchless hydrotherapy massage, which uses rotating water jets along the body.
Envy Salon's team of beauty professionals touches up appearances through hair-styling and nail-grooming services. The staff shows off their expertise while performing mani-pedis that call on the power of a nail file and colorful polish to trim rogue cuticles and ho-hum keratin, and hair designers snip and streak strands to accent facial features. With any service, the staff will retouch makeup and add a lip-gloss shine by applying MAC products instead of having clients kiss a disco ball.
Large wood-framed mirrors rest against the salon’s rustic stone walls, which technicians use to test the strength and pitch of newly rounded nails. Before appointments, customers plop down on red leather couches and bask in the glow of lights strung through wooden planks overhead.
VIP Spa's treatments are all customizable, and none more so than its massages. Tailored to the client's aches and pains, the kneads come in a choice of three styles?gentle relaxation, deep tissue, and hot stone?and each can be further enhanced with an array of add-ons. Clients can opt for a scalp massage to temper tension above the neck, for instance, or a hand-and-foot scrub to free extremities from scaly skin or rust.
The spa team isn't just concerned with muscles, though. They also tend to visages, with facials geared towards brightening, calming, or firming complexions. And, patrons can even enhance their style in the on-site boutique, which is home to a colorful collection of purses and jewelry sets.
Lejeune Skin and Body Care owner Natalie Lejeune believes that clients deserve private, one-on-one attention to address their body's individual needs. Wielding her experience as a licensed aesthetician and massage therapist, she works with her staff to orchestrate custom treatments to rejuvenate skin. Together they refresh visages with advanced techniques including antioxidant facials to repair damaged skin and exfoliating peels to stimulate youthful glows. In addition, Lejeune Skin and Body Care offers individualized aromatherapy, acupressure, reflexology, and detoxifying wraps to clear energy pathways blocked by stress or the riddle-posing sphinxes that reside in most spleens.