At Ocean Nail & Spa, beauty starts from the toes up. During one of more than 10 pedicures, the team of nail techs primps and pampers digits before applying gel, shellac, or traditional polish for a lasting, eye-grabbing shine.
They also perform other nail services, including manicures, silk wraps, and paraffin wax treatments. Once staffers gussy up nails, they can focus their attention on the limbs, bikini regions, or brows during waxing sessions. Otherwise, they can move straight up to the top with a facial, such as the spa facial, which includes a milk masque and cold stone therapy.
Once they are looking glamorous, clients can gelatinize beneath the skilled hands of a massage therapist during a Swedish massage, hot stone treatment, or awkwardly long pat on the back. As they expunge their pent up stress, they can further their relaxation by sipping on a complimentary glass of soda or wine.
Francheska DeLaney is an artist, and her canvases occupy the tips of fingers and toes. At The Nailology Studio, she tailors manicures and pedicures to her clients' specifications, soaking, filing, and buffing men's fingernails, for instance, or glamming up ladies' nails with her tools and brushes. Her portfolio displays short, cream-colored nails flecked with gold leaf, leopard-spotted toenails with zebra-print tips that help wearers illustrate the food chain to their children, and even 3-D crystal-kitten charms adhered to a fuchsia backdrop. And Francheska doesn't just innovate with pattern, color, and embellishments, either—she also takes nail shape into consideration. Long and pointy, medium and round, or short squares with softened edges, nails in Francheska's hands flourish into their most stylish selves.
The name says it all at Posh Nail Spa, a chic and modern house of pampering located on the always-buzzing McKinney Avenue in Dallas. Sleek black-and-white décor is accented with grand chandeliers and glowing candelabras, luxurious touches that are echoed in the ultra-plush, high-tech ergonomic massage chairs that await you. Opt for the Signature Pedicure that incorporates a paraffin dip and hot stones, making for an indulgent experience that’s ideal after a long day of shopping Uptown. Or splurge on the Ultimate Manicure, which includes an aromatherapy neck wrap and essential oil massage. Skilled estheticians are on hand for a wide array of services including facials, glycolic acid peels, face and body waxing, or just swing into Posh for their gel nails and a full-body Swedish massage.
The therapists of Hiatus Spa & Retreat practice the art of wellness in more than a dozen private treatment rooms that tend to be as inviting as they are serene—a combination that has won numerous Best of Big D awards (2011- 2014) from D Magazine including Best Day Spa, Best Massage, and Best Mani-Pedi among others, as well as accolades from Lucky Magazine and the International Spa Association. And whatever service clients choose to experience, they'll reap the benefits of high-end products and equipment: massages incorporate custom-blended aromatherapy oils, plant-based peels achieve thorough exfoliation with little to no irritation, and pedicures take place in zero-gravity chairs with heated neck wraps.
A locally-owned business, Hiatus Spa + Retreat's earthy interior reflects its commitment to both relaxation and green initiatives. Medical-grade products from SkinCeuticals, Hydropeptide, and natural and organic plant-based skincare from Aveda come standard with spa services, and nail products are vegan-friendly. Hiatus also relies on eco-friendly infrastructure, including a wind-based power source, recycling efforts, and a custom water filtration system that eliminates the need to supply bottled water or divert a mountain stream through the lounge.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
At Flawless Skin you will receive results oriented services for a fraction of the price you might pay elsewhere.
Treatments are performed by a skilled, experienced professional and we always use effective, pure products.
We even end this treatment with pure oxygen to expedite the healing process.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Making people look good and feel good is my passion!
I didn't begin taking care of my skin until late in life but when I did, I found that you really can turn back the hands of time!
I wanted to offer the same amazing results to others who have fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation or acne scars.
What do you love most about your job?
I love seeing and hearing how excited my clients get about their skin!
So many people think they can't do anything about sun damage or aging skin and that's just not true.
Educating my clients and helping them attain results so they can have soft, beautiful skin is my motivation and inspiration.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
I love it when my clients tell me that they are getting compliments on their skin for the very first time!
This may be the first time they've ever seen their own skin look fabulous.
Being able to make my clients who've had skin issues finally feel great about their skin is very rewarding.
Owner Gina Ginsburg—a jet pilot and entrepreneur—pioneered the in-home blowout with a select roster of clients. Her clientele mushroomed, so she opened The Hair Bar that, much like the Michelin man’s dream board, is dedicated to blowouts and glo makeup applications. Armed with paraben-free Kevin Murphy and MoroccanOil products, Gina and her stylists fan hair into one of six styles, from straight and sleek 'dos to loose beach waves and soft curls. The service menu also includes whimsical extensions, which upgrade locks with everything from human hair to tinsel, and blowout add-ons, such as scalp massages or MoroccanOil hydrating masks with aromatherapy.
Gina stays true to the shop’s roots by occasionally dispatching stylists to perform blowouts at homes, but the bright, spacious space offers a welcoming alternative. Accents in the form of fresh flowers and end tables pop against a backdrop of dazzling white walls and marble counters where guests can while away appointments watching romantic comedies on flat screens, playing Angry Birds on the salon’s iPads, and drinking complimentary wine, champagne, or mimosas. The simple yet chic space sets the stage for parties complete with drinks, brunch blowouts, and The Hair Bar’s signature service.