Though it's only been open for a short time, Massage + Yoga Center already has an impressive resumé—its chief massage therapist, Summer Greenlees, was voted Austin's Best Massage Therapist in 2011 for her prenatal massages. Greenlees, along with her staff, present a bevy of modalities in the form of trigger point, shiatsu, and a unique house treatment combining a massage and yoga. Their specialty, Ashiatsu Barefoot massage, blends therapeutic, deep-tissue, and relaxation massage treatments into a tension-blasting session customized for each client and whatever knots may be lurking in their musculature. Continuing with its theme of relaxation, the staff offers a variety of yoga classes, from beginner to prenatal. These yoga workouts encourage stress reduction, and their stretching facet helps clients render their limbs as malleable as a chewed stick of gum.
Saloni Beauty Salon draws upon Indian beauty-and-relaxation treatments to help clients look and feel their best. Inside the tranquil salon, cosmetic caretakers revive skin with a variety of facial treatments, including Chinese almond facials and galvanic facials that use juices and fresh fruits to nourish sensitive skin. They specialize in threading, an Indian hair-removal technique that uproots unwanted follicles using only a single cotton thread. They also can accent bodies with henna tattoos, semipermanent designs that can last up to one month.
The hair gurus at Restoration Hair Salon + Spa restore hair to its original luster using their mad skills and a number of popular haircare tools. They take a pair of shears to split ends and paint manes with bowls of freshly mixed hair dye. Flatirons, curling irons, and 9 irons produce eye-catching styles, and hair extensions blend in with existing hair with the help of an adhesive or braids.
Dr. Troy Gras works with a diverse staff of laser technicians at Light Touch Aesthetics. More than just a resident authority on medical-grade treatment, Dr. Gras performs numerous services, including light chemical peels, minimally invasive liposuction as well as Botox and Juv?derm injectable treatments.
Creating a fun and festive environment that dazzles wide-eyed youngsters, Snip-its takes the stress out of maintaining the locks of jittery tykes. A kid-friendly staff maintains manes while ensuring safety—which is of paramount concern—by providing chairs especially designed for miniature adults. During the cut, melted crayons and various knickknacks are snipped away from tussled noodle nests, leaving hairs as fresh as the day they were born. While the follicular wreckage is brushed off, children can play with a bounty of activities and games. With so much to keep young eyes occupied, the atmosphere almost feels like that inside the house that Ruth built—Disneyland.
Seven days a week, Darque Tan's clients can bronze their bodies with the more than 20 tanning beds and spray-tan booths lining each of Darque Tan’s 100 salons across the US. Each location's tanners are kept highly sanitized, undergoing a 50-point cleaning inspection by a separate cleaning staff to ensure all of the tanning beds, both stand-up and lie-down, and UV-free Mystic Tan booths remain in tip-top tanning shape. Clients new to tanning or bronzing up for a special occasion can work on a personalized tanning game plan crafted by one of Darque Tan’s knowledgeable staffers, each of whom must pass a detailed training program before hitting the salon floor. Most Darque Tan salons also boast a Kid Zone, which provides a safe haven for youngsters to wait, watching TV shows, reading a book, or using their imagination to grow a tail and chase it.