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Dallas Spa and Salon News You Should Know This February

Hiatus now offers aesthetic treatments like chemical peels and Botox, Thompson Dallas opened a spa with plunge pools on its terrace, and more.

Hiatus Spa + Retreat Launches a Product Line and Adds MedSpa Services

Last fall, Hiatus Spa + Retreat’s flagship location got a facelift. The Lovers Lane sanctuary was reimagined by local designer Tracy Martin Taylor, who swapped its dark wood and rich green hues for an airier palette of white marble and light wood.

Soon after, Hiatus launched its own product line, with charcoal scrubs, aroma oils, and body butter.

Now, the spa is stepping into the world of aesthetic treatments. Its MedSpa service menu will include treatments like chemical-grade peels, dermaplaning, fillers, and Botox.

“When we looked at the wildly successful launch of HydraFacial in 2019, adding a MedSpa component to our business appeared to be a natural evolution,” said Hiatus co-founder Sheila Garrison in a statement. “It told us that our guests were not interested solely in personal wellness, but [also] in newer trends in beauty.”

Hiatus’s subscription model, H-Circle, gives members access to monthly treatments and product discounts. Going forward, they’ll also receive the best pricing on all things MedSpa.

Customers can book aesthetic treatments at the flagship Dallas location, and Hiatus plans to launch MedSpa services at all seven Texas locations in the near future.

COVID-19 Precautions: Guests must wear a mask, get their temperature checked, and sanitize their hands upon entering. Appointments are limited to promote social distancing. The staff is using a medical-grade cleaner to regularly disinfect equipment, surfaces, and common areas. Contactless payment only. See the spa’s entire COVID-19 protocol here.

The Spa at Thompson Dallas Opens

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Thompson Dallas, a hotel on Akard Street in downtown Dallas, opened its own spa on January 22. Located on the ninth floor, The Spa at Thompson is an on-trend and tranquil space, filled with plants, midcentury-inspired accents, blush terrazzo floors, and a brass reception desk.

Spa guests have access to dressing rooms with rainfall showers, steam rooms, and infrared saunas. Hot and cold plunge pools are located on the terrace.

The Spa at Thompson’s treatment menu includes full-body massages, facials, body wraps, and waxing. Thompson Dallas is also home to a nail salon, blow-dry salon, and upscale barbershop. Check out the hotel’s complete menu of services here.

COVID-19 Precautions: Guests will have their temperatures taken upon entry. Masks must be worn while walking through spa spaces and for all mani/pedis and blowouts; however, they can be removed in the private treatment rooms, outdoor plunge pools, infrared saunas, and steam rooms.

Local Spas Are Adding Halotherapy Rooms

Salt therapy (a.k.a halotherapy) facilities are popping up in Dallas, and with respiratory health top of mind, we suspect the treatment will take off.

During a halotherapy session, the spa-goer steps into a treatment room and inhales tiny particles of salt and minerals that are circulated through the air. Some believe that this alternative medicine practice can increase lung capacity and function. It’s also said to help those with chronic conditions like asthma.

The new Woodhouse Day Spa on Mockingbird Lane offers halotherapy, as does Breathe Meditation and Wellness in Highland Park. Though both of their treatment rooms look enticingly zen, we can’t vouch for the efficacy of halotherapy, so consult your physician before trying it out.

COVID-19 Precautions: The Woodhouse Day Spa’s protocol includes hand sanitizing stations, touchless faucets, seating configurations that allow for social distancing, an antimicrobial coating on common surfaces, and frequent cleaning. At Breathe Meditation and Wellness, class sizes have been limited to allow for more distance between guests, and each room is outfitted with a Molekule air purifier.

On-Demand Beauty Services Are More Popular Than Ever

If you must get a mani-pedi or a blowout, two local companies offer a safer way to do so. With the Birdie app, users can book on-site clean beauty treatments like blowouts, haircuts, and makeup artistry. With Cherry, users can access an arsenal of traveling nail technicians for manicures and pedicures.

If you’re not comfortable venturing into a brick-and-mortar, both are great alternatives: you won’t encounter other customers, and in some cases, appointments can take place outside. It’s also a way to support local hair and nail artists who might otherwise struggle to find regular work in spas and salons, many of which are still recovering from last year’s closures.

In December, Birdie announced its biggest promotion ever to thank its loyal customer base: 50 percent off an unlimited number of treatments. The response was immediate, and there is now a waitlist for some of the most popular services. “We have had more bookings this weekend alone than any other month since opening our business,” the company said on Instagram. “We can’t thank you enough for believing in Birdie and taking us along for your 2021 journey.”

Click here to download the Birdie app and here to download Cherry.

COVID-19 Precautions: Cherry manicurists will arrive equipped with face masks, hand sanitizer, and disposable gloves. Manicurists have also completed additional training on best practices for disinfection. A $1.50 surcharge per service will go toward PPE for manicurists. If you would like to book an outdoor appointment, contact [email protected]. Birdie pros will wear shoe coverings or remove their shoes upon arrival, wash their hands, then put on gloves. Both employees and customers must wear masks and complete a health screening. Equipment and tools will be sanitized before and after each appointment.


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Emily Heft was born and raised in San Diego. In 2012, she enrolled in Southern Methodist University to pursue a…