The Dallas Guide
This month, goop hits Dallas’s Highland Park Village for the second time. We’ve spent time getting reacquainted with our favorite spots (the Rosewood Mansion, Forty Five Ten, you know who you are) as well as hunting down the best of the new openings (Bullion and Sachet, you guys are just the best). In true goop form, we’ve sipped our share of mezcal, shopped the boutiques, and eaten perhaps more BBQ than we should have. But we did it all to bring you the best of what this city has to offer.
The Spa at the Joule1530 Main St., Downtown | 214.748.1300
The sleek subterranean spa beneath the the Joule hotel offers both traditional and experimental spa treatments in a relaxing environment. Many of the facials use Tata Harper products; body treatments include Swedish massage, cupping therapy, and Thai table massage; and there are brow treatments from threading to microblading by local brow expert Rula Sharkawi. There’s a steam room with a giant amethyst shining in the corner (thought to encourage tranquility), a sauna, showers, and the Vitality Pool, a body-temperature pool with jets that gently massage the skin. Book a 50-minute or longer service and get a free spin, kickboxing, or yoga class at the neighboring Vital Fitness Studio.
Hotel Crescent Court Spa400 Crescent Ct., Uptown, Dallas, TX | 214.871.3232
This sprawling spa complex operates out of the Hotel Crescent Court, so tasteful luxury is a given. With that in mind, a full day is well spent here: They offer private yoga and Pilates classes, a health-centric café, and treatments that range from the basic (manis and pedis) to the intense (hardcore lymphatic-draining treatments). We love that the spa is open to kids, too, with a full menu of kid-friendly treatments (and snacks in the café).
Joanna Czech2410 Victory Park Lane, Design District, Dallas, TX | 214.812.9488
Dallas friends swear they’ve experienced the best facials of their lives at the hands of Joanna Czech, who incorporates LED therapy into her treatments. After studying biology in Poland, she made a name for herself in NYC before setting up shop in Dallas in 2012. Instead of selecting a treatment from a menu, your aesthetician analyzes your skin, discusses goals with you (which could be anything from treating sun damage to glowier skin for an event that evening), and then gets to work. Every facial focuses on treating and supporting the lipid (top) layer of skin, and you can add on microcurrent, hyaluronic acid patches, oxygen infusion, microneedling, and more as you need. Some of our favorite clean lines are used in many of the facials, including Dr. Barbara Sturm, Grown Alchemist, and Vintner’s Daughter.
Dear Clark Hair Studio3317 McKinney Ave., Suite 101, Uptown | 214.935.2368
Holly Dear and Kaycee Clark’s Uptown hair studio is always packed. Whether you book an appointment with one of the founders (you might have to wait) or one of the other super talented stylists, this is place to go for edgy-but-lived-in cuts and colors. It’s known for natural-looking balayage, but you can also get braids and blowouts at the bar in the back.
SoulCycle5944 W. Northwest Hwy., Preston Hollow | 972.737.7685
It was only a matter of time. As SoulCycle studios populate almost every neighborhood in New York, it’s no surprise the indoor cycling studio has made its way to Dallas. On any given morning, sixty or so riders pile into a candlelit studio for forty-five minutes of high-intensity pumping cardio—and sweat, a lot of sweat. There’s also a second location in Uptown.
The PilatesBarre6815 Hillcrest Ave, Park Cities | 214.706.9988
Drawing from a combination of techniques from Pilates, strength training, cardio, and ballet, Meghann O’Leary, the founder of The PilatesBarre, has put together a roster of classes diverse enough to avoid repetition fatigue. Using a revamped Pilates machine known as the BarreFormer, the fifty-minute sessions target both big and small muscle groups. Classes are small, and the instructors are very hands-on and ready to get in there and make adjustments.
Blushington Dallas4218 Oak Lawn Ave., Highland Park | 214.521.9200
A cheery space that resembles a blowout bar (champagne pours are always on offer), this is the place you come to get ready for drinks, dinner, a wedding, you name it. On the menu: a full makeup application, brow touch-ups, fake-lash application, a twenty-minute Tata Harper facial. It's great for groups if you're traveling with a pack. They make house calls, too.
Rise Nation4640 McKinney Ave Suite 140, | 469.904.2150
The classes at Rise Nation are only thirty minutes for a reason—that amount of time on the VersaClimber, a vertical machine that tones both your arms and legs by simulating a fast-paced rock climbing experience—completely exhausts muscles and leaves limbs shaky. First-timers should definitely take the beginner class, to learn the proper form and pace, and prepare to be totally exhausted after the low-impact workout.
Rossi + King136 Glass St., Design District | 214.713.3929
Come to this relaxed, cozy salon founded by Joshua Rossignol and Sarah King Lynch for a transformative haircut, color, or extensions. Rossignol’s textured cuts give hair a natural lift; Lynch was a student of LA colorist Tracey Cunningham and is especially brilliant at creating perfectly sun-kissed blonde. And the rest of the small team is talented and skilled, too, so book freely. At the back of the salon there’s a fully equipped photography studio for rent, should you need head shots, glamour shots, etc.
Pink Pedi Salon1888 Sylvan Ave, Trinity Groves | 214.760.9744
This airy, brick-walled nail salon was one of the first in Dallas to go clean, nontoxic, and sustainable. Local fashion designer and nail artist Lucy Dang is dedicated to making every treatment a safer, more luxurious experience for both customer and technician. All the products used—there are effervescent bath bombs, custom-blended aromatherapy oils, and rich shea butters—are made in-house. Get the VIP, which combines a shoulder massage, collagen-boosting treatment, multiple scrubs, and a mud mask, all made specifically for feet: It’s beyond relaxing.
Vital Fitness Studio1608 Main St., Downtown | 972.759.3390
This incredibly cool-looking downtown gym has kick-ass boxing classes, muscle-soothing yoga classes, heart-pumping cycling, and super toning TRX, which works every single muscle in your body and looks a bit like some sort of BDSM setup. When the weather’s nice, the studio hosts fitness classes at the Joule’s outdoor art space, the Eye. Bonus: Book a fifty-minute or longer session at the neighboring Spa at the Joule and your class is free.
We Yogis1700 Cedar Springs Rd., Uptown | 469.904.2295
This studio takes its mantra of “yoga for all” very seriously. There are ten types of classes, at all different levels, as well as options for kids and teens. Some of the best: deep stretching, an energizing vinyasa flow set to rock music, and sculpt classes warmed with an infrared sauna. There’s even a class for families to take together, where kids sing “Row Your Boat” while parents hold the boat pose. (They have several locations throughout the city, including one on Lovers Lane.)
Bodybar Fitness4514 Travis St., | 214.520.2227
This super challenging Pilates studio offers cutting-edge classes to tone strong, lean muscles. The fifty-minute classes incorporate reformer work, the chair, and a restorative stretch-and-release class that’s designed to work on tight fascia and increase flexibility and mobility.
Renée Rouleau Skin Care Spa4025 Preston Rd #606, Plano, TX | 972.378.6655
An appointment at this cozy spa starts with a diagnosis: Renée Rouleau believes there are nine distinct skin types and has created regimens to care for all of them. The aestheticians (all trained by Rouleau) walk you through each step of the facial and—more importantly—how you can maintain the results after leaving the spa. We love the super thick and cool Phyto-Bubble Mask, which combines marigold, rosemary, and lime tree extracts to soothe and increase circulation and feels particularly amazing. Rouleau herself, with pastel-pink hair and gorgeous skin, is also available for one-on-one video consultations.
Cherry is an on-demand platform that offers classic and gel manicures and pedicures throughout Dallas. It’s the brainchild of three Texans, Bumble’s Whitney Wolfe Herd and rewardStyle’s Amber Venz Box and Baxter Box. Services are waterless, and technicians come armed with ten popular Essie shades, though you’re welcome to provide your own. (Basic treatments start at $15.) Everything, from the choice of service to the location and tip, is handled through Cherry’s user-friendly app.