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.
It's not easy to become a stylist at Esoterica Studios: all hairdressers have to go through the salon's boot camp before they can stand behind the shears. This lengthy training includes basic cuts, colors, marketing, and editorial styling for magazines that want to revamp their crumpled pages. Esoterica Studios partners all of its services with Sebastian and Wella professional products, as well as with Nioxin serums designed to thicken locks.
The skilled nail pros at The Spa and Tea Garden draw upon more than 20 years of experience in the beauty industry as they refurbish digits with soothing nail services. During the 45-minute Shellac or regular manicure, a technician trims and shapes fingernails into smooth curves or straight edges. A French Shellac dresses up finger fronts, or opt for a coat of traditional polish, followed by a layer of Shellac gel polish can last without chipping for up to 14 days, or about the amount of time needed to get a package to front of the post-office line.
The stylists at Middle Pillar Salon flood distressed hair shafts in a deep-conditioning treatment to nourish locks, undoing damage caused by excessive brushing and styling. After a thorough shampoo, stylists' nimble fingers knead out cranial stresses during 15-minute scalp message to relax minds and jump-start circulation. Practiced hands wield shears to mold manes, snipping off split ends to revamp guests' signature looks or overhauling 'do's into new styles. Guests may trade in paled mops for a bright new hue with one of three optional coloring services. Highlights or lowlights seep into carefully selected strands to imbue flat hair planes with color-coded dimension, or stylists can transform the color of guests' entire coiffures with deep, brilliant shades. Once cuts and optional dye services are complete, gusts from a blow-drier flit through hair before a styling leaves locks looking smoother than the tone of a saxophone filled with butter.
Located at the Fort Worth Sheraton Hotel and Spa, Spa Beaubelle combines a yoga studio, nail salon, pool, and full-service spa into one expansive 8,000-square-foot rejuvenation center. The staff of massage therapists and aestheticians ushers spa-goers into private treatment rooms and suites, where they lavish world-weary skin in products from Clovertree Apothecary and FarmHouse Fresh Goods, or ease muscular tension with the gentle barrages of Swedish or deep-tissue massage. Meanwhile, an infrared sauna gives patrons a place to slip into meditative states and correct a naturally infragreen complexion as they sweat away their stresses. A Vichy shower maximizes metabolism by boosting oxygen absorption and ousting excess carbon dioxide as it washes away rejuvenating masks and salt scrubs left over from slenderizing body wraps.
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.