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.
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.
The salon & spa @ greenbriar focuses on four things: hair, skin, nails, and peace of mind. Stylists at the full-service salon offer standard cuts and coloring, in addition to updos and texturizing treatments. Facial services are equally expansive, ranging from basic spa treatments to advanced anti-aging peels. For a more relaxing visit, clients can indulge in hot stone or Swedish massage and cap off an indulgent day with a mani-pedi.
Pampering is part of every day at Salon Monai. Here, Aisha Watkins spends hours administering luxurious manicures and pedicures, which utilize everything from massage and reflexology to soothing hot stones. Her nail treatments aren't just for relaxation, though. Aisha also improves skin and nail health with exfoliating scrubs, masks, paraffin wax, and nail grooming. This combination leaves clients glowing and feeling beautiful.
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
Dawn Curry has worked in the beauty industry for seven years, with experience ranging from applying cosmetics for television appearances to teaching styling techniques to other professionals. Now, patrons of Southern Roots Salon get the full benefit of her experience. She transforms hues with Pravana coloring products, snips tresses into flattering styles, and infuses strands with highlights and lowlights to create dimension. Turquoise furniture and salvaged doors with distressed paint create a chic Bohemian vibe inside the salon.