Starting her career as a movie hair and makeup artist, Alicia Allain now runs the beautifying hub Ma Maison of Beaute. Her team of aestheticians snip, style, and chemically straighten locks, thread eyebrows into expressive arches, and wax away peach fuzz from legs and secret tails. Patrons can enlist a stylist for makeup application and hairstyling for special occasions or opt to banish tension with specialized massage techniques that hail from countries all over the world, including Asia and Hawaii.
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.
Inside Elegant Touch Facial Threading a fleet of circular mirrors in a multitude of sizes adorn the tangerine walls, allowing patrons to catch a glimmer of their reflection as they stroll to settle down in comfy white chairs. As clients relax, beauty experts unfurl the ancient Asian technique of threading, swiftly removing hair from eyebrows, sideburns, upper lip, and chin for a face as smooth as a freshly waxed peach.
Centuries-old threading techniques combine with cutting-edge makeup to perfect faces at Just Stringz. GloMinerals makeup uses all-natural ingredients to cover faces with subtle and dramatic looks. The staff uses Dermalogica products to calm acne and smooth fine lines, and tints eyebrows to match a hair color or favorite football team’s colors.
Sure, the beauty pros at Vapeur Salon & Spa are pretty amazing when it comes to haircuts, facials, and other standard spa services. But they really shine when they're allowed to get creative, whether they're enhancing a Swedish massage with hot stones or a mani-pedi with soothing aromatherapy. Their creativity even extends to how the treatments are performed; the spa's rejuvenating peels, for example, include a take-home component to ensure long-lasting results. Choose an individual service or a package that bundles several treatments into a relaxing spa day. Certain packages cater to individuals, while others are tailored to fit the needs of couples or broker a truce between warring neighbors.
When Lexie Delaney heard she'd gotten a job at a department-store makeup counter, she exclaimed, "Oh, thank you, Jesus, that's awesome!" Her passion and skills gave her an edge that others couldn't help but notice: she was "stealing other people's customers." This pushed Delaney to keep moving forward. When she got the opportunity to work with celebrity clients, she leapt at the chance. Now, Delaney has a celebrity and personal clientele—including Miss Louisiana and Miss Teen Louisiana—that rely on her to prepare for social events, photo shoots, and fashion shows. She's become so accustomed to working elaborate events that she doesn't even blink a well-groomed eye when clients ask to "look like a mask" or be styled to look like nitrogen.