The Eastern art of brow threading has become wildly popular in the United States, a trend aesthetician Almas Karowalia astutely followed, enabling her to open 15 locations of Perfect Brow Bar across the Midwest, Texas, and Louisiana. At each outpost, practitioners clean up uneven brows and hairlines with strands of twisted thread that can remove multiple rows of hair with a single pass. Her teams boast that they can complete brows in as little as 5 minutes and require only 10–15 minutes to thread an entire face. The expedient technique generally results in less pain and irritation than other hair-removal methods, though at Perfect Brow Bar patrons can also opt for traditional waxing services. In addition to hair removal, aestheticians dress up skin with makeup applications, lash extensions, and henna tattoos of tuxedos or ball gowns.
Dermal fillers such as Botox and Juvéderm require injection by a steady, confident hand. Not only has Beautiful U Aesthetics’ nurse, Anne Hubbard, mastered the ministration of these cosmetic boosters, she's demonstrated the procedure on a live KARK 4 segment to illustrate the simplicity of the process and prove that she could do it while riding a unicycle and reciting the Cyrillic alphabet. Anne’s specialties range from skin-smoothing injectables to facial services such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels. She can also apply permanent eyeliner above and below the peepers, enhancing clients’ natural features without the wastefulness of applying makeup every morning or using up a birthday wish on something besides preventing asteroid strikes.
The tranquil atmosphere of Sarah Lee Thomas’ eponymous spa begins in the waiting area, where practically silent black-and-red wicker furniture cozies up to a burbling fish tank whose denizens execute rounds of synchronized relaxing. Dim lights soothe clients as they enter private treatment rooms to undergo tension suspension in the form of massages and facial treatments. For massage, Sarah Lee corrals oils, polished basalt lava stones, and bodily scrubs, all of which aid and abet her myriad body-manipulation techniques. Spa sessions can also include one of her signature facials, which revamp complexions in need of hydration, anti-acne ointments, or written permission to bob for apples in the fountain of youth.
With more than 60 years of combined experience and skill tanks that are constantly replenished by ongoing training, Head to Toes Salon's quartet of stylists has the knowhow to handle all hair types and client desires. Teal-accented work stations take center stage in the bright, modern salon that's strewn with paper lanterns, cocooning patrons as they update their looks with haircuts, color treatments, extensions, and perms. Nails sparkle in the designated mani-pedi area, and mustaches tremble and wish they were made of milk whenever an aesthetician breaks into a tub of facial wax.
The beauty technicians at Hello Gorgeous Salon and Spa groom and pamper guests in a modernized wood cabin, a neat contrast with Abe Lincoln’s rustic spaceship. With 35 collective years of experience, the team includes a massage therapist with the knowledge to assuage prenatal pain and stylists capable of transforming hair's color and texture. The staff’s toolkit also includes topical treatments to refresh faces and aesthetic enhancements that augment nails’ and eyelashes’ ability to articulate flirty gestures.
After graduating from beauty school and obtaining her cosmetology license, Cristi Dearasaugh decided to open a place to call her own––Hair Mechanics. Her services include men's, women's, and kids' cuts, as well as perms, coloring, and up-dos. Natural and acrylic nails get primped with artfully applied polishes and unwanted facial hairs are removed with wax rather than a powerful vacuum-cleaner hose.