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.
As its name suggests, Facelogic Spa prioritizes the primping of the face. Its aestheticians perform more than a dozen facials, including services that use only organic products and treatments tailored to acne, aging, and other common concerns. Their more intensive skincare treatments include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and dermaplaning. Every option is tailored to individual skin type and uses premium products, such as ?minence Organic Skin Care and Image Skin Care. The spa also offers a variety of relaxation and beautifying treatments, from massage therapy to airbrush tanning or waxing.
The spa?s comprehensive menu and penchant for service have made it a popular choice, and today it has locations in Canada, 11 US states, and one drifting iceberg.
At Bath Junkie, shopping is an interactive experience. Upon entering the store, clients peruse bath products, including scrubs and lotions, and pick a base. Then they sniff and hachoo through more than 200 scents, identifying one, two, or three fragrances for their product. Next, clients select a color and, if available, a size. With the client's personalized recipe in hand, a beauty expert whips up the formula and readies it for sale. Each product is crafted to minimize harm to the environment, and Bath Junkie offers paraben-free hair products, recyclable containers, and kisses on both cheeks from Mother Nature herself.
Tan Me Inc. accommodates tan-seekers of all types. The studio's wide range of tanning equipment includes five beds of different UV strengths as well as the VersaSpa sunless spray-tan machine, which creates color and hydrates the skin in just 60 seconds. To ensure that every client's skin is well taken care of no matter which tanning method they use, Tan Me Inc. provides a well-trained staff of tanning consultants. They're there to help customers, whether it's assisting them in choosing the right moisturizers or explaining why they can't use the tanning beds to cook bacon.
At Lisa’s Lashes & Salon, a staff of experienced aestheticians apply organic facials, perform Swedish and deep-tissue massages, and polish nails during Shellac mani-pedis. They also specialize in lash extensions, applying synthetic lashes one by one to create a fuller look that does away with the need for mascara. While in the eye’s region, they can also execute an eyebrow or eyelash tint. To complete the beauty makeover, they offer waxing services as well.
At Ocean Nail & Spa, beauty starts from the toes up. During one of more than 10 pedicures, the team of nail techs primps and pampers digits before applying gel, shellac, or traditional polish for a lasting, eye-grabbing shine. They also perform other nail services, including manicures, silk wraps, and paraffin wax treatments. Once staffers gussy up nails, they can focus their attention on the limbs, bikini regions, or brows during waxing sessions. Otherwise, they can move straight up to the top with a facial, such as the spa facial, which includes a milk masque and cold stone therapy.
Once they are looking glamorous, clients can gelatinize beneath the skilled hands of a massage therapist during a Swedish massage, hot stone treatment, or awkwardly long pat on the back. As they expunge their pent up stress, they can further their relaxation by sipping on a complimentary glass of soda or wine.
While performing her residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Ellen Turner built a strong foundation for treating dermatological conditions such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and skin cancer. She designed DermLaser Institute of Dallas to treat skin maladies ranging from eczema and melasma to scar treatment. She and her staff tone and brighten complexions with skin treatments as well as medical, cosmetic, and laser procedures. Outside of simple skin-brightening work, DermLaser Institute of Dallas also wields Yag and Fraxel lasers to perform facial rejuvenation, body contouring, hair removal, and tattoo removal. Dr. Turner also works below the surface in her spa, treating faces with injectables and dermal fillers in addition to traditional chemical peels, facials, and microdermabrasion treatments. She also helps clients keep up at-home regimens with Belladermis, her personally curated product shop that includes cleansers by SkinMedica, lotions from Obagi, and a mysterious salve that turns dogs invisible.