At Lash Envy, eyelash expert Christine helps her clients showcase their individuality without words or even facial expressions. She achieves this feat by applying semipermanent eyelash extensions, whose wide range of lengths, curls, and thicknesses allows for highly customized looks. In a departure from classic black lashes, she also stocks colored extensions for especially vibrant makeovers and events. All of her services include valuable aftercare tips, which prevent the extensions from shedding or flirting shamelessly with lascivious butterflies.
With the slogan "let your beauty shine," the team at Body Brite helps reverse the signs of aging and sun damage to reveal more radiant complexions. They harness the power of intense pulsed light to help boost collagen production for firmer skin and remove patches of unwanted hair.
One morning as Ann Marie was curling her lashes before school, the phone rang. Instead of putting down her eyelash curler, she held it in place as she walked toward the phone, but then tripped over a book and pulled most of her lashes out. Shaken and stirred to action by the incident, she began researching remedies and discovered permanent eyelash extensions. The event inspired her to open Princess Lashes, a beauty boutique where Ann Marie not only augments clients’ lash lines but also certifies other aestheticians in the art of extensions, an art that can be applied during tax season and when trying to make one’s child eligible for the NBA.
When Martha Millan says, "Beauty shouldn't hurt," she's not peddling a slogan—her first job in the beauty industry literally caused her pain. Working at an upscale salon, her exposure to common hair and makeup products triggered hives and headaches. While searching for more natural goods for personal use, her research revealed unsettling truths about many industry product lines that often use irritating perfumes to mask the underlying odors of harsh chemicals. Feeling that everyone should have the opportunity to look beautiful without fear of harming health, she bought a salon and transformed it into Salon O Day Spa.
Amid Salon O Day's industrial decor, Millan and her team of stylists, aestheticians, and a massage therapist use products so natural that some are even edible, though Millan imagines the taste would leave something to be desired: barbecue sauce. Among the array of certified-organic, not-tested-on-animals, gluten- and chemical-free products, Millan's favorites include Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare, developed by an American physician who advocates against overexfoliation. For hair, stylists use products from lines including Surface Hair and Organic Color Systems, and during nail services, technicians use natural products from SpaRitual in tandem with scrubs made in-house from ingredients bought at a local co-op.
Lady Bird Johnson, Rosalynn Carter, Henry Kissinger, and Walter Cronkite are just a few of the many distinguished individuals who've come in contact with massage therapist Inge-Lise Weber's experienced and well-traveled hands. After completing her massage training in her home country of Denmark, Inge-Lise moved south to Spain, where she used her skills and fluency in six languages to run a massage business with clients from across the world. She moved once again in 1976, but this time across the Atlantic to Austin, Texas. Since settling in the United States, Inge-Lise has spent two decades as Lady Bird Johnson's family's massage therapist, worked on various other prominent Americans, and added an assortment of energy-focused techniques to her repertoire. Today, clients of all levels of fame visit Inge-Lise for custom massages as well as clinical aromatherapy, Japanese reiki, and raindrop therapy, which combines essential oils and electrical frequency to help bodies achieve balance and minds heal from unrequited love for the weatherman.
Aesthetician Annette Chavez removes unwanted body and facial hair with warm wax and a sugaring blend. She uses natural and organic products during facials that alleviate acne and sop up excess oil. Some of her facial add-ons include hot herbal towels and an organic lip treatment crafted from fruit enzymes, shea butter, avocado oil, and sunflower-seed oil.