A full-service beautification destination, Fernanda's Salon houses a staff that's always ready to restore or reinvent styles. Stylists usually take center stage, and with good reason; their wide range of hair services includes everything from basic haircuts to extensive braiding and coloring services that give locks a much-needed costume change. In addition to making hair work its hardest, staffers also rid bods of fuzz that's wandered too far from its homeland; the shop's body-waxing services defoliate physiques from face to leg with the help of Italian products. Skincare forms the final point in the salon's trifecta, with aestheticians cleansing faces with peels, microdermabrasion, and one of five customizable facials.
Licensed esthetician Belinda Fallon of Advanced Cosmetics frosts hides in UV- and paraben-free Fake Bake bronzer. During five-minute meetings with the airbrush, Fallon's steady hands mist glow-getters from toes to crown in an even coat of caramel shade selected to match each client's natural habitat in order to thwart hungry barn owls. Powered by botanical pigments, the gentle tanning solution hydrates and protects dermal layers without clogging pores or irritating sensitive skin. The formula dries into supple, glowing skin in 20 minutes without leaving behind telltale chemical smells, streaks, or artists’ signatures. With thorough exfoliation beforehand and proper care following each session, the new healthy hue can last five–seven days.
All the stylists at D'Anthony SalonSpa have undergone the studio's in-house apprenticeship program to ensure every cut, color treatment, and texture enhancement meets their rigorous standards. The salon usesPaul Mitchell hair-care and styling products. Estheticians perform pampering facials customized to the unique needs of each client's complexion, and nail techs groom the tips of fingers and toes during speedy express mani-pedis or luxuriously relaxed spa mani-pedis. Threading sessions whisk unwanted stubble from faces, underarms, or palms, and waxing sessions target fuzz in nearly every region. The salon is committed to helping the community, by supporting fundraisers for tsunami and Haiti relief, Locks of Love, and the San Antonio battered women's shelter.
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Le Petit Spa’s aestheticians completely uproot foliage from nether regions with warm wax within a dimly lit room. During the 30-minute Brazilian wax, clients slip into a state of serenity as they enjoy complimentary Synergy O2 oxygen drinks, flickering candles, and soothing recitations of the wax ingredients list from Garrison Keillor.
Master nail technician Aly Jimenez channels more than a decade of experience to beautify her clients' nails and treat their hands and feet to luxurious spa experiences. OPI products abound in the salon, although clients may also choose to have their nails adorned with China Glaze or CNS Shellac polish, the latter of which cures under a UV lamp and resists chipping for up to 14 days. Aly's services range from solar nails to spa mani-pedis complete with hot towels, scented scrubs, massages, and paraffin wax. As a specialist on pedicures for those with diabetes, she also proffers relief for condition-related foot pain or discomfort.
Aly practices her art far from her hometown of Havana, Cuba, which she left more than a decade ago to seek freedom and a better life for her family. As a result, she can communicate to clients in both English, Spanish, and the language of accomplishment, Elvish.
With her crew of nail techs, manicurist Lu Bonilla channels 15 years of independent experience into her extremity-pampering services. Patrons trail fingers gently across the soft and supple skin on their feet and hands after paraffin wraps in the salon, which staff sanitizes regularly. Long-lasting Shellac polishes resist chipping for days, and french manicures add elegance to hands when one is playing piano or demonstrating disdain for the rules of soccer.