Wherever Wenny Blackman goes, Aveda's organic products are sure to follow, and vice versa, as the stylist, aesthetician, and owner of Wen Chic Salon and Spa—an Aveda Concept Salon and Spa—has been attending Aveda classes since 1996. Needless to say, she and her skilled staff employ Aveda products exclusively to augment their repertoire of salon and spa services, including colorings that use HeadMapping, instead of traditional wizards, to predict the amount of time, product, and cost for each session.
Before the Texas board-certified stylists can cut, color, or treat hair, Blackman requires them to attend classes at the Aveda Institute. The stylists' mastery of Aveda's curriculum, coupled with their overall experience, determines their status as a stylist, senior stylist, master stylist, or director. Similarly, the licensed aestheticians and registered massage therapists reach for Aveda products during facials, massages, waxing treatments, and airbrush-tanning sessions, which are staged in the spa area's quiet summer and winter rooms, free of cell-phone ringtones and piles of burning leaves.
Melissa Narron, the co-owner of Botanicals Salon & Spa, never stops learning. After graduating with business and cosmetology degrees, the nine-year beauty veteran has obtained abundant hands-on experience. She has been a Redken color specialist since 2004, to say nothing of her credentials with California Smooth, Mirabella Beauty, CosMedix, and OPI—Melissa's a mani-pedi technician, too. With her training and practice as guidance, she and her team pamper and primp clients with a robust menu of services, including mud wraps, hot-stone massages, and mani-pedis as single treatments or components of luxurious spa packages.
Quaintly staffed by five certified nail technicians, Marvelous Nails preens fingers and toes with a suite of services. With three types of no-chip manicures, including CND Shellac, Harmony Gelish, and Axxium from OPI, techs color digits with formulas that dry instantly beneath a curing light and keep nails strong and chip-free. Other add-ons such as mineral-packed paraffin dips soften and moisturize hands, and dazzling designs embellish fingernails with arabesque designs or postmodern paintings of realistic fingernails.
Aesthetician Lina Yang trained as a medical professional in China before making her way to the United States. After arriving in the States, she studied aesthetics with dermatologist Dr. James Fulton, who went on to codevelop the topical acne treatment Retin-A. Today, Lina—whose numerous credentials include an international certification in Xtreme lash extensions—owns and operates Skin Essence. Stationed in her warmly lit spa, Lina relies on 20 years of experience and a team of skincare professionals to rejuvenate complexions and pamper bodies with a full menu of medical-grade spa treatments. The staff specializes in diamond-peel-microdermabrasion treatments and nonsurgical face-lifts, both of which help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, blemishes, and discoloration; clients may see noticeable improvement in their skin after one visit.
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The three surgeons at Specialists in Plastic Surgery call upon more than 60 years of combined experience as they transform patients' faces and bodies. The physicians—Roger Russell, Don Oschwald, and Richard Carlino—also boast recognition by professional organizations, with certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ranks as Fellows in the American College of Surgeons (FACS).
At The Museum Spa & Laser Center, an adjacent facility that focuses on nonsurgical procedures, registered nurses certified to handle cosmetic lasers beautify bodies with noninvasive treatments such as hair removal and skin resurfacing. The team's licensed medical aestheticians also use the Visia computerized skin-analysis system to recommend the appropriate services for issues such as sun damage, wrinkles, or the inability to smile during driver's-license photos.
Doctor of Chiropractic Allen Ashforth grew up in awe of his father’s chiropractor. The capable doctor guided his father, who suffered from serious spinal troubles, through the regular adjustments and stretches that gradually improved the man's mobility and Sega Genesis scores. Dr. Ashforth watched his dad transform before his eyes from a lethargic man with chronic pain to an energetic, fit, and happier father.
With this inspiration in his heart, Dr. Ashforth charged into a career in chiropractic medicine, at first focusing mainly on helping athletes improve their mobility. Throughout the course of his 20-year practice, the doctor has expanded his expertise to include nonathletes, people dealing with chronic pain, and anyone in search of a way to improve their overall wellness.
Today Dr. Ashforth's treatments make use of traditional chiropractic techniques alongside advanced technology, including cold-laser therapy, which is designed to speed the healing process by stimulating the body’s growth of new cells and nice, ripe apples to be eaten once a day.