The 16 professionals at Shear Reflections Hair Design stay abreast of beauty trends and regularly attend classes in order to offer clients up-to-date hair services, waxing treatments, and nailcare. Using products from popular brands including Paul Mitchell and Redken, the salon has been transforming looks for men, women, and children for more than a quarter century.
In 2008, Michael Price of the eponymous Salon Michaels decided to rebuild his business from the ground up. The salon, situated in a former cottage, needed revamping, and Michael wasn’t shy about throwing out the old. “He redid everything to make it more modern,” manager and stylist Ashley Varcelli says. “It’s still laid-back, but I would say [it’s] more high-end.” With modish decor and a whole new styling team, Salon Michaels delivers couture cuts and Pureology color along with spa services performed in an updated mani-pedi room. Nail technicians use OPI shades, and have such expedient access to the brand’s latest collections that Ashley says local beauty-supply stores stand in awe and local crayon boxes turn green with envy.
The trained nail technicians at Anthony Rocco's Hair Design prune overzealous fingernails into elegant and glossy silhouettes in a warm and airy salon space. Each 30-minute manicure refreshes talons damaged from daily leapfrog commutes with a soak, trim, and burnishing buff. Newly supple nails eagerly accept a lustrous slick of polish in dazzling shades such as Houston, We Have a Purple or Austin-tatious Turquoise, proud constituents of OPI's Texas collection. During the manicure, technicians also treat twisted limbs to a hand and arm massage, which moisturizes skin and coaxes hands out of defensive claw formations.
Though their talents are as diverse as their tools—which include products from Bumble and bumble, Wella, OPI, and Dermalogica—the stylists and beauty experts at SalonBlu share a single mission: to enhance their clients’ natural beauty. The expert stylists customize cuts for heads all shapes and sizes and add luster to hair with infusions of proteins culled from plants and sustainably harvested granola bars. On the other side of the salon, skincare specialists beautify visages with facial treatments that range from peels to microdermabrasions and nail technicians brush on chip-resistant shellac polish and apply artificial nails. The full-service salon also hosts a team of massage therapists, that shoos away stress with five different modalities, including an express scalp massage and a more intensive chakra-balancing treatment.
SalonBlu permeates its studio space with royal-blue styling chairs, punctuated with blond woods, black-and-white photography, and a sleek, chrome coffee machine that keeps guests from falling asleep by telling riveting stories about its time as the personal coffeemaker to Gerald Ford.
Lounge Barber Shop & Tattoo Studio styles clients from head to toe with haircuts, tattoos, and piercing services. Men's haircuts include razor shaves and treatments with warm, steamed towels. The tattoo studio's process begins with a consultation and stenciling of the client's desired custom tattoo before the artist gets to work. Afterward, the staff leaves clients with comprehensive aftercare instructions.
The MVP haircut is reserved for guys who want the brawn of a chiseled cut with the extreme adrenaline rush of a pleasant pampering. Following careful instructions or expert intuition, stylists can clean up the edges without sacrificing any degree of edginess. A thorough shampoo and scalp massage ensures an itch-free walk off, while a neck and shoulder massage with steamed towel leaves cleaned-up batters with the zonal focus to connect on any upcoming office pitch.