A Touch of Heaven Salon Massage & Day Spa stocks a large inventory of well-respected pampering products. Nail technicians employ OPI and Gelish polish, and hairstylists primp tresses with smart Solutions, Redken, Sexy Hair, and KMS products. An assemblage of massage therapists and aestheticians performs indulgent work at the spa too, allying to relax and beautify their clients. They execute 10 varieties of massage, from the gentle, simple Swedish to the choreographed complexity of the four-handed massage—performed by two therapists or one octopus also juggling four tennis balls. They combine treatments of the body's inner tissues with herbal or peppermint-scented wraps to rejuvenate the outer layer.
Outside of the private rooms lies the salon proper, where stylists carefully ply their craft on the hair and nails of their patrons. They imbue locks with new color, wax away unwanted hair, and even provide spray tans to maintain a summery glow throughout winter's tenure.
Knockouts Haircuts for Men amps up the classic barbershop experience with a lavish, sports-themed approach to men's styling that has been featured on Today and CNBC's The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch. At a still-growing number of locations throughout the country, the company's all-female staff of stylists quarterbacks a full playbook of services ranging from bare-essential to spa-worthy. First and foremost, they clip shaggy locks, but they also administer facials, manicures, massages, and waxes. Complimentary beverages are included with every visit, giving patrons something to sip on while watching a sports game on TV or contemplating how they would fend off a lion using just a comb.
Because it’s not a big chain but an independently owned business, Super Express Lube builds its reputation solely on friendly, honest, and skilled service. And it’s a task that owner J.T. takes seriously. He personally trains each of his technicians, sharing his customer-based missive and decade’s-worth of auto experience with the crew so they remain aligned in both practice and philosophy. And this eagerness to please underlines every service offered here. From basic and synthetic oil changes to radiator and fuel-system servicing, the technicians maintain and patch up automotive components with the goal of keeping cars and their drivers from ending up stranded on the shoulder of the road or crying on the shoulder of a tow truck.
Salon Rouge's trained stylist focuses her talents on developing new styles and trends, which she flaunted in an appearance at 2010 Fashion Week San Antonio. Along with hair-shaping and creative styling for men and women, the stylists swathe noggin strands in a deep-conditioning treatments, turning fragile locks into gleaming ropes capable of supporting princes and concerned fire-safety marshals. Partial highlights add dimension to coiffure, and a toner cancels out yellows, oranges, and other brassy tones that might clash with a passing marching band. Additionally, the stylists add length to locks with extensions, or remove unwanted facial hairs with waxing services.
George and Larysa Gordiany are a husband-and-wife team with more than 30 years of combined experience. Their specialty is color service, particularly Scruple bleach-free highlights, for which they use as many as three colors to create a highly dimensional effect. During precision cuts, the stylists use interlocking shears, which give softer, textured ends, and can be combined in different ways to work with a variety of hair textures. Larysa, is a barber specialist with over 10 years of experience cutting mens hair in both the United States and Europe, also specializes in updos for weddings, prom, and special occasions.
At Salon Flor, owner and veteran stylist Marisol Vasquez indoctrinates clients in her belief that personalized haircare should be performed in an amiable atmosphere. Along with her 15 years of styling experience, Marisol heads up a small stable of upbeat and detail-obsessed stylists who excel at sizing up customers and executing styles perfectly suited to individual styles and desires. The styling team cultivates a cheerful salon experience in which no appointment is rushed. Pro-grade haircare products including Kevin Murphy and Glo further imbue hair strands with the confidence needed to stand up to strong winds or nesting bats.