Texas Health & Beauty
4640 McKinney Ave., Highland Park
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 + King
136 Glass St., Design District
Come to this relaxed, cozy salon founded by Joshua Rossignol and Sarah King Lynch for a transformative haircut, color, or extensions.
Pink Pedi Salon
1888 Sylvan Ave, Trinity Groves
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 Studio
1608 Main St., Downtown
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.
1700 Cedar Springs Rd., Uptown
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.)
4514 Travis St., Highland Park
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.
5944 W. Northwest Hwy., Preston Hollow
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.
4218 Oak Lawn Ave., Highland Park
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.
6815 Hillcrest Ave, Park Cities
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.
Dear Clark Hair Studio
3317 McKinney Ave., Suite 101, Uptown
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.
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