At Aesthetic Salon and Spa, the facials brighten skin with creative ingredients, from hydrating doses of vitamin C to 24-karat gold. The gold is a key ingredient in one of the rejuvenating creams—it lends skin a youthful glow, much like your “darkness light” that’s really just an adult night-light. The glycolic acid in a chemical peel improves tone and texture, and the parafango in a body wrap deals with toxins and cellulite.
Complementing these beauty treatments are various stress-relieving massages, with Swedish, deep-tissue, reflexology, and other modalities available. And on the salon side, you'll find styling and coloring options such as perms, extensions, highlights, and conditioning treatments.
Penny Whittington is a whiz at getting rid of overgrown hair. She uses her trusty pair of scissors or a miniature weed whacker to cut off split ends and unwanted length, transforming manes into new styles from classic to cutting-edge. At Studio Nouveau, Penny and the rest of the stylists support charities such as American Cancer Society and Locks of Love.
Mandy Mizzell has been a licensed stylist in the Dallas area for six years and currently works out of the upscale Firewheel Salons space. Inside her private treatment suite, she nimbly uses scissors to create one-of-a-kind looks that fit each client's aesthetic tastes and personality. In addition to haircuts and color treatments, Mandy specializes in hair extensions that can help people get the look of added length without having to sew scarves into their hair.
When you sit down in Skyler Bailey's salon chair, you're not just basking in the skills of a hairdresser. You're also experiencing the training of a fashion-model stylist and pageant coach, whose knowledge of hair and makeup is worthy of runways and centerfolds alike. At her private studio within The Salons at Bella Suites, she elevates each of her face-flattering haircuts and color services with meticulous styling, a skill she mastered in a former job at a blow-dry bar. "Styling hair is the best part of the service," she explains. "You may get a great haircut or color but if it isn't styled correctly, the hair doesn't look the best."
She also performs facial waxing and professional makeup applications, bringing out her clients' natural beauty with occasion-appropriate cosmetics for a wedding day, prom night, or Smurf reunion. But above all, she makes sure that every appointment is a relaxing one. "Clients go to salons to pamper themselves and have 'me' time," she says. "It should be all about them because life is hectic; there are limited times that we really can have everything about us."
Licensed massage therapist Tracey Stanphill is an expert at viewing every client's body as a one-of-a-kind canvas and inventing custom combinations of modalities to address their aches. She even encourages her patrons to get involved in the process, inviting them to blend their own mix of essential oils, which they can take home to use on themselves, friends, or door hinges that could smell better.
In addition to Swedish and deep-tissue treatments, Tracey administers signature TLC massages that promote lymphatic drainage. This style draws from her work with the elderly and children who have special needs, employing a gentle touch that can calm hyperactivity while soothing muscles. Her couples-massage service includes servings of chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne, whereas a Look at You massage aims to tone the skin and minimize signs of cellulite. In the interest of making each guest more comfortable, Tracey can also target her massages towards specific benefits, from increased circulation to decongested sinuses.
Linda Evans wields the scissors behind Sassy Shears at The Salons at Bella Suites, continuing the work has occupied her hands for more than 30 years. Although she snips away anywhere from 1 to 15 inches of hair on any given day—leaving clients lighter and more stylish—her signature service is color. She prefers Paul Mitchell color products for their thorough coverage, and they pair nicely with her preferred moisturizing conditioner from It's A 10. While she works, she provides clients with complimentary beverages to sip on, as well as the occasional bit of sample product to take home and experiment with by making one's pet shih tzu resemble Johnny Depp as closely as possible.
Primarily a specialty salon and spa for young girls, Sweet & Sassy offers girl-size treatments in a fun, vibrant setting. The Glittery Glam Express package (good for one girl) delivers a party updo, fingernail polish, and makeup application in the span of 15–20 minutes. Little dames get an uplifting updo, chosen from four options, that further enhances follicles. Children can accentuate their mother's eyes and their father's fingers with makeup and nail polish available in a variety of colors and designs. Once the makeover is complete, girls can strut the catwalk, capture their new look with a picture, and draw each other using charcoal briquettes for pens and sheets of plywood for paper.