At the helm of The Derm Lounge is a team that includes a licensed medical aesthetician and a board certified anti-aging and regenerative medicine specialist. Together, they combine their talents to deliver a menu of services that ranges from facials and teeth whitening to Botox, laser hair removal, and microdermabrasion.
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.
At The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, all guests are treated like royalty. Situated in the heart of chic and trendy Uptown, the lavish hotel is all about pampering, whether it’s a Southwest-inspired dinner at celebrity chef-driven Fearing’s, cocktails in the Rattlesnake Bar, complimentary guacamole in the lobby or walking through the art-filled public areas before cozying up in a guest room. There, visitors can experience amenities that include gourmet coffee and tea, twice-daily housekeeping, complimentary overnight shoe shine and separate bath and shower with a luxurious rain shower head. For true indulgence, guests can try out the 12,000 square-foot spa that offers a variety of therapeutic treatments and services, plus separate men’s and women’s areas with large Jacuzzis, saunas, steam rooms and experience showers.
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.
Q&A with Jessyca Traylor, Stylist
Tell us about your business.
It is a small salon with a very relaxed and comfortable—but still professional—atmosphere.
The interior of a business can affect how its customers feel. What kind of decor do you use to help make your clients feel pampered and at ease?
We have a quiet, comfortable waiting area, and shampoo bowls that move to suit the clients in their most comfortable position while they're having their hair washed and scalp messaged. We keep plants and flowers around at all times.
What steps do you take to make your clients feel at ease?
I always consult with the client prior to any service. I want to make sure we are both on the same page and that they are happy when they leave. I also offer many beverage selections including wine, water, beer, coffee, and tea. And if the client is trying something different than what they are used to, I always remind them that if they don't like it we can always change it.
Out of your entire repertoire, which is your favorite service to perform and why?
I love to cut hair. It's just so intricate. And I love to cut the hair to show off the way it is colored. Having an awesome haircut can make anyone's day better.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: One person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Haircut and wash
Brands Used: Eufora, Wella, and It's a 10
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.