At age 5, Alejandro Gonzalez loved to play with scissors. His two older sisters—cosmetology students—kept a store of styling gear around the house that proved far more fascinating to his budding brain than any toys. That fascination persisted through his formative years and eventually turned into his life's calling. Today, Alejandro doles out cuts, coloring, and texturizing services with an enthusiasm that extends back to his childhood.
His cozy two-chair salon doesn't have room for styling assistants, and that's OK by Alejandro, since he insists on performing every step in the styling process himself, from shampooing to cutting to texturizing. For him, designing a new style means more than updating a look; it's an artistic vision. He wouldn't want another stylist finishing a haircut he started any more than a sculptor would want his apprentice finishing a statue by breaking off both of its arms.
Taking full ownership over his work, Alejandro wants hair to look good now as well as later. To accomplish this, he seeks out professional products that protect against dryness and damage. Lakmé and Pravana color infuses hair with vibrant hues and enriching soy ingredients.
As a little girl in Miami, Fabiana March would watch in awe as her mother––a 30-year veteran of the beauty industry––combed, curled, and coifed simple strands into stunning works of art. Unable to deny her passion for hair in any language––she's fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish––Fabiana instead decided to embrace her innate talent and follow in her mother's footsteps, a path that would ultimately lead her to Dallas and a gig inside the Aveda-focused State-Thomas Salon. There, she helps heads find the dimensional shine or texture they've always dreamed of with services that range from balayage color to formaldehyde-free Pravana smooth-out treatments. To ensure faces look fresh from top to chin, she also offers waxing for the eyebrows and upper lip and teeth-whitening treatments that help oust stains caused by coffee or a diet rich in grass clippings.
The stylists at Eleven 11 Hair Studio pamper guests with a full menu of salon services, including haircuts, color, highlights, and bridal treatments. Recently, the space has expanded its offerings, adding a blow-dry bar to their full menu of cut, color, extension, and smoothing services. In 2011, D Magazine reporter Raya Ramsey praised the salon—formerly Sol Ben Hair Studio— and its owners Asher and Shari, writing that “they’re experts, and you won’t be sorry with what you walk away with.” Mirroring the owners’ collective commitment to style, the salon’s waiting area adds an artful touch to any visit, with pillow-strewn, contemporary couches complimenting shiny black floors, square white columns, towering ceilings, and shelves lined with products by Kérastase and Sebastian. And inside the main space, sleek chairs invite clients to sit in front of full-length mirrors as stylists cut, color, and texturize strands, leaving them looking as stunning as a taser draped in prom dresses.
Champions of beautifying faces and bodies via noninvasive, advanced technologies, Renew Beauty Med Spa’s highly knowledgeable staff of medically trained and accredited physicians, nurses, and aestheticians spends their waking hours obsessing over how to better others’ skin. The staff upholds their desire to remain on the cutting edge of new procedures and products through hours of meticulous research, showcasing their findings by constantly updating the spa’s menu of services. Evidence of the team’s shared ambition can be found as they work their aesthetic magic in five offices everyday, removing unwanted hirsute patches via laser hair removal or expunging coffee, wine, and grass stains from grins during teeth-whitening sessions. As firm believers that a glowing complexion requires a commitment to healthy decisions, the team works hard to equip their patients with a posttreatment maintenance plan.
When Younes Ounzar moved from New York to Dallas, he brought coloring expertise that earned him—and only five other salons across the nation—a spot on Colin Cowie Weddings the Hair Hit List. Following the lead of Ounzar, stylists at Capelli Salon Dallas enhance manes with an array of services and their own line of nourishing products. Coifs emerge with vibrant new tones after ammonia-free coloring treatments, or sport smooth, sleek tresses after Japanese thermal treatments. Real human-hair extensions add dramatic length or empathy for a sister who lives in a locked tower. Full-length mirrors and red cube-shaped chairs imbue the salon with a contemporary, European vibe that is elevated with modernistic white chandeliers.
Julianna Pabst and Granville Dane](http://gr.pn/v3nXG3)—the creative masterminds behind Julianna & Dane Salon and Spa—have decades of collective experience in the beauty industry. While Granville specializes in hair services, Julianna—a licensed clinical aesthetician with years of experience as a film and television makeup artist—handles the skincare and bodycare aspects of their cozy duplex spa. Her commitment to high-quality skincare hasn’t gone unnoticed: D Magazine says of Julianna, “One of her best traits is her character…she really wants to help people look their absolute best.”
A menu of body treatments relies on natural extracts culled from seaweed, papaya, and very realistic still lifes to nourish and repair skin while eliminating toxins. Skincare services treat acne-prone, aging, or sensitive skin with professional products from Pevonia and Vivant Skin Care.