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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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.
Skin the Day Spa prides itself on exceptional customer service, pampering men and women of all backgrounds, foregrounds, and poregrounds. Stop wasting time with peanut-butter bribes and let one of the spa's experienced aestheticians quickly lure your best face forward with a 55-minute European Facial ($70), including steaming, exfoliation, mask, massage, and extraction as needed. During the approximately 45-minute Natural Warm Cream Manicure ($20), an expert finger-tip rejuvenator will regale your mitten-stuffers with mollycoddling, shaping your nails, cosseting your cuticles, relaxing you with massage, and applying a fresh coat of shiny OPI polish. Finally, kick up your feet and indulge in the approximately 50-minute Pedicure of the Month ($35–$40). The prized pedi builds on all the classic toe techniques (grooming of nails and cuticles, massage, and polish), adding seasonal ingredients into both the water and the mask. May's pedicure features fresh rose petals ($40), while June's treatment tantalizes with tangerine ($35). Future Pedicures of the Month are yet to be determined; call or check the website for more information.
The word yaax literally means ceiba tree in Mayan, but it represents the Tree of Life. At Yaax Salon & Spa, owner Claudeth Garcia and her staff embody its name through wellness treatments aimed at achieving inner balance and outer balance with nature. The staff is so committed to nurturing healthy tresses that they custom hand mix many of their hair products chairside using a carefully selected mélange of organic ingredients. The now-worldwide salon got its start in trendy Seoul, where a progressive approach to Yaax's hair, skin, and nail treatments keeps the inviting salon free of harmful, unpleasant odors produced by artificial fragrances and formaldehyde.
Men and women both get the royal treatment in the salon chair at Yaax Salon & Spa. With training from acclaimed salons ranging from Vidal Sassoon to Toni&Guy, Yaxx's staff is well-equipped to revamp locks with chic cuts and gentle color serums by Organic Color Systems. Stylists also zap frizz with zero-formaldehyde keratin and japanese straightening treatments, which can last up to 12 months.
A.R.T. Massage Body Spa takes its name from the three adjectives that describe each one of its services: advanced, relaxing, and therapeutic. The staff promises their clients will enjoy the latest techniques designed to both soothe the mind and relieve specific needs. Massage therapies thwart tension and improve range of motion, and custom spray tans give skin a sun-kissed glow without having to find a sun-size box of chocolates first. Using Éminence Organic products, the staff cleanses skin and fights signs of aging during signature, cleansing, or organic express facials with blends of organic herbs, fruits, and vegetables rich with nutrients.
Set inside a 1920s bungalow, the spa decorates each private room in modern decor with subtle touches, such as finger bells and aromatics, that appeal to all senses. Before or after treatments, patrons can peruse a selection of clothing, candles, handbags, and jewelry inside the spa’s retail area, which also sells the Éminence Organic skincare line.