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You always hear that good things come to those who wait. And that certainly seems to be the case when it comes to Dallas’s best salons, spas and makeup artists. Whether you’re seeking a killer blowout or a life-changing massage, chances are you can’t just call and book for the next day. These coveted services are booked for months—or even a year—out, and for good reason. (But in the meantime, we have a few ideas on how to beat the wait list.) 

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Facial with Joanna Czech

Have you been “Czeched” like Anna Wintour, Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet and Uma Thurman? If not, be forewarned that an open appointment for a custom facial ($850) by the one and only Joanna Czech isn’t available until February 2020. The good news? The skin savior has acquired a talented team, all trained by Czech herself, and they also offer facials at her uber-chic Victory Park spa, starting at $350. You’ll get the same LED therapy with a combination of ultrasound and microcurrent sans the incredibly long wait.

2410 Victory Park Lane; joannaczech.com

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courtesy of Charlie + Co.

Haircut with Charlie Price at Charlie + Co.

You know the guy who can make anyone feel like a million bucks? Charlie Price is that person. And that’s just after having a consultation with him, before he transforms your locks with a killer cut and highlights ($450). His brand-new studio in the Dallas Design District is light and bright, and he typically books up two months in advance. Can’t wait that long for a cut? Price has trained everyone on his team, and their services start at $75.

1645 N. Stemmons Fwy., Suite E; charlieandco.com

Microblading at The Brow Project

Permanent-makeup artist Nicole Blankenship is the real deal, turning brows into true works of art via manual hair strokes that look fabulously full and totally natural. New clients can expect to pay anywhere from $1,000 to $1,300, which includes a follow-up appointment three to six months later. While she tends to book five to six months in advance, she’s in the process of opening a bigger studio and adding a team of trained employees to serve more people. Hoping to sneak in on the fly? Pay attention to her Instagram, where she posts all cancellations.

7331 Gaston Ave., #175; thebrowproject.com 

Spray tan at Simply Glowing

Dallas’s go-to glow gal doesn’t even have a home base in town—and that’s precisely what makes her so hard to book. Kari Lord has been offering airbrush tanning ($45) at ERA Salon for years now, and everyone who knows anything about faux glow knows that she’s the best of the best. She currently only sets up shop on Thursdays, though she’s expanded her services to include mobile tanning.

4023 Oak Lawn Ave. #120; 570-499-2507 for mobile tanning inquiries

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Photo courtesy of Eleven Wellness

Custom facial with Alison Tohlen at Eleven Wellness

Whether you book for 60 or 90 minutes, a custom facial with Alison Tohlen is a true treat. Instead of fancy bells and whistles, her focus is on custom services that cater to your specific skin type—because what worked for your dry-skinned bestie might wreak havoc on your acne-prone complexion. Facials start at $150, and she usually books about two months in advance. The good news? She does have a wait list in addition to coworkers who offer killer custom facials as well.

8100 Lomo Alto Dr., #201; elevenwellness.com

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courtesy of Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas

Blues be Gone Massage at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas

Big-city stress deserves big-city massage services. And nothing hits the spot quite like this popular treatment ($165) at the Well & Being Spa that uses holistic techniques to melt away life’s stressors. Your treatment starts with a blue eucalyptus inhalation to enhance immunity and reenergize, followed by a powerful massage using ginger root bath and body oil to ease those stiff muscles. Our favorite added touch? The session ends with acupressure techniques to balance the adrenal system. Trust us, it’s a respite for the mind, body and soul. The busier the season—you guessed it—the harder it is to get in.

4150 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving; fourseasons.com

Hair & Makeup Application by Alex Guzman

His client list among the Dallas social set includes Real Housewives of Dallas star Stephanie Hollman, philanthropist Lisa Cooley, public relations guru Vodi Cook and more. From bold makeup and hair for special events to more subdued (but no less stunning) looks, Alex Guzman can come to your house and fix you up with a complete style—just add an outfit. He recommends booking in advance, but always encourages emailing him to inquire about availability. Prices upon request.

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