Pura Vida Day Spa and Salon—whose name comes from the Costa Rican saying—is made up of stylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians that offer a variety of beautifying and pampering services. The staffers tend to hands and feet with manicures and pedicures or augmenting heads of hair with stylish cuts and color treatments. Other services include laser hair removal, facial treatments, and massages and body treatments.
Seasons change, and Jennifer Anderson changes with them; she offers special holiday packages that feature peppermint (for the winter holidays), rose sugar scrubs (for Valentine’s Day), and pumpkin facials during the fall. Of course, Jennifer has a special package for spring, too—a Spring Bling special with a lavender, lilac, or rose essential-oil aromatherapy massage, plus a 30-minute hand scrub and a 30-minute earth foot treatment.
Jennifer’s passion for massage therapy spans the entire year. The licensed therapist distills that passion into each massage she renders. After listening closely to clients as they convey their particular ailments or pinpoint areas of soreness, Jennifer engages muscles in the appropriate amount of stretching. She then can perform a number of modalities, from Swedish and deep-tissue to more intricate therapies such as hot stone and prenatal.
A licensed cosmetologist since 1998, Yolanda Robinos specializes in cutting, coloring, and treating thinning hair, and is especially versatile when working with a large range of hair textures belonging to different ethnicities. At Yolanda Robinos Hair Designs at LV Glamour, she draws from this versatility and emphasis on healthy hair to bring a new look to her clients. Treatments such as Redken Chromatics coloring, Brazilian blowouts, and Mizani relaxers augment women’s and men’s haircuts. She also offers color consultations in order to glean exactly what look her clients are aiming for so she can construct a style and look that best fits their personal style and lifestyle.
Knockouts Haircuts for Men is a guy-centric salon that's been featured on the Today Show. Its décor mimics that of a boxing ring, but—unlike the real thing—guests look fresher when they leave. Complimentary beverages greet the mitts of each client, and flat-screen televisions and quality service round out a first-rate experience. Your heavyweight treatment includes a consultation, before-and-after shampoos, a cut, a rinse, and styling according to your personal preferences. Each weary head will be treated to a scalp massage and one nametag identifying it as "Movie Actor Harrison Ford."
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
The Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy by Coppola. Humidity is a huge problem in Texas and [the therapy] eliminates 95%–100% of frizz. The best time to do it is after any color service. After washing hair, it's blow dried and the product is applied to the whole head. Once it sits for a short time, your hair is once again blow dried then flat ironed. A common misconception is that you lose your volume—not true! We even offer free test strands.
Do you offer your customers any extra perks?
We offer beverages and wine, a variety of reading material, and flexible appointments. We also have a fun atmosphere with friendly and one-of-a-kind service!
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I started doing my friends' hair for homecoming and prom in high school, so I had the passion even before I became licensed. The feeling you have when you leave with a new look you love is unlike any other. The fact that I can can give women that boost of confidence every day is why I'm excited to go to work.
Anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We are a full-service salon covering all areas in hair, skin, and nails. We offer what the bigger city salons offer but without the drive and increased costs!
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Keratin smoothing treatment and cut/color
Brands Used: Framesi, Redkin, Schwartzcauf, and It's a 10
A team of hairstylists, skin experts, and one talented nail technician works its aesthetic magic between Simplicity Salon & Spa’s deep-red walls and sleek-tiled floor. Always up-to-date on the latest styles, techniques, and booster shots, the salon’s stylists snip and color strands and add floor-sweeping length with extensions. The resident nail tech works nearby, treating tired dogs to an indulgent foot facial and decorating digits with nail art. Meanwhile, inside a private spa room, aestheticians and massage therapists erase stress with three types of facials, full-body salt scrubs, and Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages.