A quaint stone path leads guests into JeLa's Epiphany Salon & Spa, where modern styling equipment shares space with vintage touches including an antique, brown leather salon chair. JeLa’s takes its name from owners Jennifer Braziel and Ladonna Houston, who manage an all-female team of stylists with more than 80 years of combined experience, entitling them to a shared senior discount at movie theaters. They offer haircuts and styles for women and children as well as highlights, weaving, and—the salon’s most popular service—relaxers.
Armed with current techniques for properly maintaining noggin lawns, Regis Salon’s network of stores keeps clients’ hair in order as dictated by the latest trends. Within this caravan of hair bazaars, customers’ wild manes are tamed by skillful stylists. Use your Groupon toward a shampoo, cut, and style ($31–$38) and lean back and dream of break-dancing Stay Puft Marshmallow Men as a stylist carefully cleanses hair with shampoo and conditioner and then clips it into stylish head-hedges that beautifully complement scalp-garden pathways. Afterward, the hair that’s left behind will receive a loving condition for a style that gleams and glitters like a ruby-encrusted bowling ball. During the treatment, stylists offer helpful tips and tricks to help clients care for hair at home. If a shampoo and cut isn't your cup of sports drink, put your Groupon toward the cost of another service, such as hair coloring ($60–$70), highlights ($80–$90), or a perm ($75–$85). Prices vary by location.
The staff at Darque Tan learned the science of tanning through Smart Tan certification, which they rely on to design efficient, safe regimes for each client's skin type. Five levels of PCTan beds and booths can bronze skin with as few as 12 minutes of UV exposure while enveloping skin in cooling mist. Automated airbrush tanning in VersaSpa or Mystic Tan booths create even, natural-looking color that masks scars and stretch marks. Darque Tan's pursuit of convenience is further exemplified with business hours that span seven days a week, a minimum of 20 beds per location, and rec rooms where kids can read and watch TV. A crew of professional cleaners details each of the facilities according to a rigorous 50-point inspection and tips gleaned from reading Mr. Clean's LiveJournal.
Some people call her a ninja. Some people call her Otter. But Cristy Childers calls herself a massage therapist, and a licensed one at that, able to find and knead buried points of tension with precision. As for the nickname, it was given her by her friends and family, and it’s the reason she named her business Otter’s Retreat.
Childers consults with her clients before every massage to pinpoint their areas of tension and permanent body armor. “Massage is a dance,” she writes, and “it takes two people to make it awesome.” Her Western and Eastern massage treatments are all performed in a pristine room with no aromatherapy—Childers deliberately keeps the space scent-free and does not perform massages on smokers to accommodate clients with allergies.
Knockouts Haircuts for Men amps up the classic barbershop experience with a lavish, sports-themed approach to men's styling that has been featured on Today and CNBC's The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch. At a still-growing number of locations throughout the country, the company's all-female staff of stylists quarterbacks a full playbook of services ranging from bare-essential to spa-worthy. First and foremost, they clip shaggy locks, but they also administer facials, manicures, massages, and waxes. Complimentary beverages are included with every visit, giving patrons something to sip on while watching a sports game on TV or contemplating how they would fend off a lion using just a comb.
Singled out for having the Best Hairstylists by readers of Fort Worth Weekly in 2010, Shear Steel Salon keeps the client admiration coming by engaging each staffer and stylist in ongoing education so they can perform cutting-edge haircuts, color, and treatments. Stylists, use high-end products from the likes of Moroccanoil and Unite to prep tresses for haircuts and styling including glamorous, volumizing blowouts. 'Dos brighten under the cover of all-over color or partial highlights, both of which result in vibrant hues that pop like a weasel's home-brewed soda. The salon’s robust repertoire also includes waxing, makeup, and specialty men’s services.