Carol Bly pioneered her own line of all-natural mineral makeup and skincare products, which she and her staff use to beautify guests at Purity Botanicals. Bly's thorough knowledge of cosmetic products helps her work with clients to develop effective skincare regimens designed to address individual concerns.
Tina Zillmann, Skin Rejuvenation Clinique's owner and director, espouses a firm belief that "education is the key to success." This applies equally to the clinic's employees and clients—Zillmann's beauty pros undergo regular professional development and reprogramming to stay abreast of the latest treatments, technologies, and products. As for her clients, Zillmann ensures that they know the nuances of each service, from the steps involved to expected results and aftercare. The spa divides its treatments into four categories—facials, body services, salon services, and hair removal—that each work to rejuvenate appearances. Skincare services incorporate products by Advanced Rejuvenating Concepts, which are also available for purchase. Zillmann had a hand in creating the line, developing complex, clinical-grade cleansers, lotions, and balms for specific skin types.
Natural light floods through the salon’s enormous front windows onto avocado-green walls and polished wood floors. Amid these cozy accents, skilled stylists renovate strands with sleek scissor cuts, bold highlights, and soothing therapeutic treatments. But above all else, the salon is a blowout bar, offering express blowouts for special occasions as well as keratin and Brazilian treatments to reduce frizz and fortify hair.
When she’s not adding the glitz to models for runway couture shows, owner Johanna Woodfin beautifies clients with makeup and teeth-whitening services. As a certified BriteWhite technician, she coats teeth with carbamide-peroxide gel and shines an LED light over the chompers to brighten smiles in less than 60 minutes. Johanna and her team’s makeover expertise extends to doing portrait and costume makeup, as well as adding the finishing touches to beaming brides and reviving faces with postsurgical makeovers. Further demonstrating their artistic attention to detail, they plump up lashes with lash extensions and decorate bodies with temporary tattoos, helping aspiring yet noncommittal bikers shop around for the right crew.
Signature Service: Texture and custom color services
Brands Used: Keratherapy and Enjoy
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Voted by the Nickolodeon Parents' Picks Awards as San Antonio's Best Kids' Hair Salon in 2009 and 2010, Sharkey's combines skilled scissoring with interactive games, lighted dressing rooms, and whimsical barber chairs within a vibrant, engaging atmosphere. Similar to vintage drive-thru salons, kids awaiting treatment can watch DVDs or play video games on personal flat screens while resting in miniature motorcycles, purple Barbie Jeeps, and sparkling Mercedes Benzes. A Sharkey's kids' cut ($18.95) gussies girls with a shampoo, haircut, wet style, hair clip, glitter star, balloon, and lollipop. Meanwhile, dapper lads get washed, chopped, gel styled, candied, ballooned, and tattooed with a temporary decal. Call ahead for an appointment, and to reserve your child's chosen chair.