When Debbie Kobe founded Simply Irresistible in 1989, she made a decision. She would listen closely to every person who sat in her styling chair, and she would provide the look that was requested. Thousands of updos later, it's clear this client-first philosophy has paid off—guests return again and again, ziplining on a mile-long hair extension, for their hair and skin services. Debbie's staff has expanded to include more than 10 team members, each of whom greets clients with a smile and an unique set of skills.
For more than 18 years, Thao Tran has treated clients to nail services, skincare, and massages that address issues from stress and chronic pain to weak nails and congested skin. Seven days a week, Tran and the staff at Nail and Skin Day Spa knead away tension, remove unwanted hair, and make lashes stand out with tinting, perm, and extension services. Using products from OPI and CND, nail technicians keep nails strong, shiny, and meticulously groomed. Dermalogica products cleanse skin of all types without artificial colors or fragrance. Permanent-makeup services enhance features without constant makeup reapplication through long days, water activities, and sudden liquid-eyeliner storms.
From within Stone Hill Shopping Center, Great Nails technicians live up to the salon's name by expertly refreshing hands and feet with an array of nail services. With more than 140 years of combined experience, the nail artists at Great Nails are well-versed in decorating fingers and toes with chip-resistant shellac polish, natural-looking Solar Nails French tips, flexible-yet-durable gel nails, and acrylic tips. During pedicures, feet are pampered with an exfoliating sea-salt and moisturizing honey-shea butter lotion that’s more soothing than napping in George Clooney’s laundry hamper, and reflexology sessions focus on relieving pains across the body by applying pressure to specific points along the feet. When not focusing on bettering the nails of adults and kids, Great Nails employs a Zerona body-contouring laser treatment that aims to painlessly reduce fat.
Repeat customers to Austin Nails & Spa, which is under new ownership, will notice something familiar during their second visit: the nail file, sanding block, and manicure stick that the nail technician uses. That’s because after an initial visit, the staff stores the tools used in a nail kit with your name on it to ensure that they’re used only for you or Meryl Streep playing you with uncanny accuracy. This is just one of the ways that Austin Nails & Spa’s new owners, a group of sisters, have made their salon stand out during their 10-plus years in business. They also make sure to give abundant training to each of their staff members in their area of expertise. The team, in turn, plies skilled hands to perform manicures, pedicures, facials, and waxing services, among a whole smorgasbord of services.
Melody Lasseter wields brushes and sponges like any other artist, but rather than paper or a famous chapel’s coatroom, her canvas is the human body. As the manicurist behind Gemini Nails and Makeup, she paints nails and rouges cheeks to prepare clients for casual nights out or special occasions. She finishes manicures and pedicures with enduring polish in one of 36 shellac polishes and 42 gel OPI colors, or creates custom polish blends and patterns with traditional acrylic nail paints. Her make-up services employ a similar level of artistry, whether she’s beautifying a bride for her big day or applying imaginative color combinations and patterns for fashion shoots. Her work even took home first place in the 2010 Create Your Ultimate Face contest with a denim-textured blend of colors that elegantly engulfed a quarter of her model’s face.
Though their spa’s name might suggest otherwise, five is the most important number to the nail technicians at 620’s Nails & Spa. They focus on one hand or foot at a time, softening skin and grooming cuticles before brushing a glossy coat of standard or Shellac polish across all five nails. Along with their traditional manicures and pedicures, they apply CND Solar Nails during a two-step process similar to a French manicure. These chip-resistant coverings can last for up to three weeks without refills, much like a soda sipped once every seven hours. The spa doesn’t just specialize in nail services—a staff composed of aestheticians and massage therapists clears complexions with European facials and soothes muscles with Swedish and deep-tissue massages.