The recipe for the runway-ready styles that emerge within Eleven 11 Salon begins with its location: a 3,000-square-foot studio designed by architect Eddie Maestri and interior designer Jamie Carroll, situated in Dallas's luxurious Uptown neighborhood in front of Hotel Zaza, and across the street from Hotel Crescent and the Ritz Carlton. In this spa-like setting, stylists?many of whom also serve as educators for leading beauty companies?call on both time-honored and cutting-edge techniques to create stylish, flattering looks for men and women.
The service menu goes far beyond haircuts and styles to include hair extensions and bold color treatments ranging from classic highlights to balayage, a freehand technique that creates a gradient ombre effect to suggest time spent lying on the beach or coloring your hair in a sunset. The staff can transform hair's texture, too: Japanese straightening treatments leave hair smooth and straight until it grows out, and Brazilian Blowouts control curl and boost shine for up to three months. Aesthetic experts also perform makeup applications and bridal services. The salon extends its regular Tuesday through Saturday business hours to include services by appointment on Sundays and Mondays, so clients with strapped schedules can always find a time that works for them, seven days a week.
As mothers, entrepreneurs, and self-proclaimed fashionistas, co-owners Shantell and Taffi understand the importance of taking time out to care for one's nails, hands, and feet. With that understanding they opened SistaSista Nail Spa, where women of all trades can maintain the health and appearance of their extremities by having damaged acrylics repaired or getting help for conditions such as dehydrated skin, corns, and calluses, which can negatively affect one’s ability to create shadow puppets. During natural manicures and pedicures, the duo details cuticles, trims nails, and massages hands and feet before beautifying nails with a high-shine buff, a Gelish polish, or patterned Minx nails. Additionally, they can educate clients on how to improve the condition of their digits in between treatments.
Sol has restless feet. For the past 20 years, Sol has culled the latest trends from around to world—from Tel-Aviv to Italy to London—keeping active Dallas urbanites at the forefront of incessantly rotating hair fashions. His team of deft stylists undergoes rigorous and ongoing training to ensure that not only their scissors but their savvy stays ultra-sharp. In addition to slathering strands with INOA hair color by L'Oreal, Sol's team sculpts manes with products by Kérastase. They can also lengthen coiffures with durable human-hair extensions or smooth out tendrils with Brazilian and Japanese straightening treatments.
When Donna Lee first came to the United States, she made ends meet—despite her lack of English—by working in gas stations and fast-food restaurants. Over time, she scrimped and used her savings to open her own nail salon, Nail Boutik. More than 20 years later, she's still living her American dream. Amid lime-green walls lined with OPI and Essie nail-polish bottles, she and her nail technicians primp hands and feet with products by Amazing Nail Concepts as clients sink into comfy leather recliners. In addition to signature mani-pedis, they apply gel nails and banish muscle tension with specialized massages and stress balls the size of individual tendons.
Though the ancient Chinese practice of reflexology originated thousands of years ago, its restorative properties continue to improve the well-being of countless clients at centers across the world, including Crystal Foot Spa. A sanctuary of renewal, the spa specializes in healing massages, which include 30–120 minutes of focused kneads on areas such as the feet, back, or shoulders. After the healing massage concludes, clients often depart the spa feeling both calm and balanced—the exact emotions required to take a successful nap on a unicycle.