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Hannah Ridings
The Hair Bar

Straight, tousled, classic or curled — what's your blowout style? For those looking for straight-from-the-salon tresses sans the color and cut, nothing delivers quite like a blowout from The Hair Bar. The salon offers a menu of services, ranging from sleek to classic to va-va-voom, and uses high-end products from Kevin Murphy and Oribe. The Hair Bar also offers makeup application, extensions, updos and restorative treatments like the conditioning keratin protein shot. Since blowouts became all the rage nearly a decade ago, countless hair bars have popped up around Dallas. But this one remains a local favorite with good reason.

Few Dallas shopping experiences compare to that which goes down in the upstairs dress department at Tootsie's. First, staff waits on you hand and foot, both with wine and borderline adoration, neither of which are bad things. Second, if you have an event to go to and need a dress right this second, you can be in and out within half an hour with the appropriate garb and confidence there will be no buyer's remorse. And you can't put a price tag on that.

Curl confidence: That's when a head of perfectly formed curls bounces and billows, perfectly framing your face in all the right places. Other days, however, you're trying to figure out which combination of deep-penetrating hair conditioner and cooking oils salvaged from the kitchen might help disentangle the magnificent rat's nest that formed on the crown of your head as you slept that night. The struggle is real, but curly haired beauties from all over are flocking to expert curl care at HER Curls salon. Great cuts and styling are topped off with education and pro tips on how best to maintain your own texture of lovely locks. You'll leave saying like you mean it, I control my curls, my curls don't control me.

Pretty is as pretty does. We get it, but the makeup industry is on fire, and Dallas' MUAs are in particular demand. Paige Anderson tops our list, because she's a go-to for industry people and regular folks who need someone to help pull off a real beauty transformation. Anderson is knowledgeable and consultative; she knows "camera-ready" means one thing when a photographer is shooting for an editorial piece and something different if she's helping a client decide on her wedding-day look. She offers a full menu of beauty and styling services to meet every client's needs. A professional, organized, talented artist with a reputation for excellent work can be hard to find. But with her portfolio to prove it, you can feel confident you're in the right hands with this MUA.

Eyebrow threading is the future of eyebrow grooming. Forget plucking or tweezing or waxing or anything else that makes you want to die. Eyebrow threading is when a cotton thread twists and pulls the unwanted hairs — sort of like a lasso. It's typically more precise and less painful than waxing. At Sweet Salon, walk-ins are welcome, and you almost never have to wait. The entire process takes about five to 10 minutes, and you walk away with perfectly shaped eyebrows and no throbbing pain for hours. It's the best way to get those eyebrows on fleek.

From a natural daytime face to a dramatic after-dark look, Blushington provides a range of services for those who could use a little help in the makeup department. Makeup artists and estheticians know their stuff, and best of all, the whole process couldn't be easier. Appointments can be booked online for in-shop services or at your location of choice. On top of full faces, Blushington offers a slew of add-ons like brow styling and eyelash extensions. For those looking to brush up on their makeup skills, they also offer classes.

Diving into a pool of youth is what its website promises, and Facelogic in Highland Park delivers. Whether you go in for a signature facial, peel treatment or wax, you walk out of Facelogic feeling refreshed and youthful and like the best version of yourself. Not only are the services top of the line, Facelogic offers a membership service, allowing customers to spend either $59 a month for one signature service per month (50-minute customized signature facial or 50-minute custom massage) or $99 a month for one elite service per month (60-minute elite facial or 80-minute custom massage). A membership service guarantees you'll put your body's needs at the forefront each month and walk away having dived and swum in the pool of youth.

Eyelash extensions are all the rage. They allow you to wake up and not worry about the pain of putting on mascara. They resemble the drama of false eyelashes but minus the glue and the possibility of falling off. Several salons do eyelash extensions, but it takes a talented esthetician to know what kind of extensions look best for each customer. The Art of Beauty by Lomuns listens to their customers and caters each extension to the face shape. You'll walk away from The Art of Beauty by Lomuns feeling more beautiful than ever and with dramatic eyelashes that can be seen from hundreds of feet away.

Lawyers-turned-entrepreneurs Flauren Bender and Hallie Lamont founded The Greenway Shop to fulfill their own desire for a one-stop destination for clean makeup and skin care. Many clean, green beauty spots have followed, but Greenway Shop stands apart with its well-edited assortment of holistic, toxin- and paraben-free products for men, women and kids. Bender and Lamont, who met at a music class for their babies, vet each product, bringing together a wide range of well-known beauty brands and under-the-radar indie finds such as Beauty Chef, Indie Lee, RMS and Ursa Major. The green queen herself, Gwyneth Paltrow, even endorsed the shop, featuring it in the Goop guide to Dallas.

Amid the hustle and bustle of downtown lies a tranquil oasis where you can get both your mind and shoulder knots right. It's not the cheapest spa in town, but as the kids like to say, go big or go home. They offer a healthy variety of services, including body wraps, lip treatments, waxing and makeup. If your nails need a recharge, try the Red Flower French Lavender manicure. If your relationship needs a subtle bump, get a couple's massage. Whatever you're after, Spa Adolphus can help you rejuvenate and relax.

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