At inSPAration studio at cutLoose hair salon, skilled stylists shear and style clients' hair in the shadow of the salon's mission statement, which is written across a wall of the salon to remind the aestheticians and hairstyling artists to constantly strive for aesthetic innovation and excellence. The philosophy belongs to owner Michelle Guzman, a stylist with 20 years of experience whose commitment to her ideals is evident in every inch of the salon, from the eye-catching brick-and-mortar shelves that house products from Biodroga, Glo Therapeutic, and Bumble and bumble, to the polished, jet-black washing stations beneath. The staff reinforces its commitment to high-quality styling, coloring, waxing, and facials by pursuing ongoing education, staying apace of the industry and checking for updates on scissors’ mandatory retirement age.
Although it's led by Dr. Tiffini Stratton, who holds a doctorate of dental surgery from The University of Texas Health Science Center, Dominion Dental Spa isn't confined to teeth cleanings and orthodontics. Though many clients do get their teeth whitened or their gums lifted, others receive SkinCeuticals facials from aesthetician Bre Jackson.
And the office isn't some sterile clinic, either. During appointments, clients recline in treatment chairs that face wood- and wrought-iron-framed windows overlooking lush trees and a rolling golf course. Fresh-cut flowers add color to the reception area, where guests may enjoy snacks and drinks from the office's mini bar. In the children’s area, tots entertain themselves by playing with toy trains or watching Fellini films via the TV and DVD player.
In cosmetology school, MieleDolce founder Luis Iturralde let his fellow students wax him for a class demonstration. His allergic reaction to the chemical wax made it a demonstration of more than proper waxing technique; his brief modeling gig also showed the importance of beauty treatments that avoid irritating skin. Iturralde carried this lesson to his spa, MieleDolce, where the staff sidestep chemical waxes in favor of threading or electrolysis.
The center’s specialty, however, consists of extending hair: its semipermanent silk and mink lash extensions come in a variety of lengths and curvatures, and technicians ensure a natural look by attaching them hair by hair. Additional services range from slimming body wraps infused with aloe vera and herbs to micro skin needling, an anti-aging treatment that can combat wrinkles, scarring, and signs of playing rugby in a crawlspace.
Skin Zen Spa knows the import role skin plays in people's lives. Acting as the body’s barrier, the skin protects from illnesses and environmental factors. Though this germ armor constantly works to keep the bad stuff out, chemical substances can still break in, which is why Skin Zen Spa commits to treating skin with organic, natural, and botanical products. During one of the spa’s body-coddling treatments, surfaces soften with the use of products from Éminence Organic Skin Care, SkinCeuticals, and Skin Zen Spa’s own signature line. Essential and Premier facials remove dirt and oil in the process of washing away lipsticked cheeks from past family reunions. Waxing treatments banish unwanted hair, and soothing massages chase tension and aches away from muscles.
In order to help clients to maintain routine skincare and bodycare, Skin Zen Spa offers facial and massage memberships, which grant members one facial or massage per month, extended service time, and discounted pricing on services provided they remember the secret handshake.
Goldwell, Renokin, and formaldehyde-free CHI products help Nicki—a hair-industry veteran with 30 years of experience—keep locks in tip-top shape. She uses the products when coloring hair, smoothing away frizz, or adding volume to limp strands. The multitalented stylist also cleans up countenances with facials and makeup applications. Bowls of warm wax, 100% cotton threads, and flypaper serve as means to remove unwanted hair on the face and body.