What started as a beauty shop operating out of Aisha Khalid's home has now, 20 years later, blossomed into 10 full-service, women-only salons. The aestheticians at Aisha's Salon & Spa were some of the first to bring threading to the faces of Houston ladies, whisking away unruly brows, chin fuzz, and emperor-tamarin mustaches with a thin cotton filament. For body depilation, they turn to traditional waxing, and body polishes and facials leave skin rejuvenated and smooth. Stylists trim, straighten, and color tresses, and makeup artists apply finishing touches with traditional or airbrush products.
Toni J, also known as Katy, grew up around beauty professionals. When she was a little girl, she watched her grandmother press hair in the kitchen and tagged along with her mom whenever she went to her cosmetology classes. Today, Katy skillfully sculpts multicultural manes with formal styling, precision cuts, color, and extension techniques and draws from an arsenal of products by DevaCurl, Goldwell, Paul Mitchell, and Pureology. When she isn't working on everyday dos, Katy designs coiffures for runway models, and this work has earned recognition from EncoreHD Hair Magazine.
Michelle Tran opened Michelle Salon & Spa in 1995, and by 2004, she needed to relocate the busy business to keep up with demand. Though she runs a successful business, she still strives to better her skills through continuing education—she’s been trained in lash extensions, OPI nail services, and advanced TCA peels, setting an ambitious example for her team of stylists, aestheticians, and nail technicians. As they cut, style, and color hair, stylists wield Igora, Wella, and other premium products. Nail technicians coat nails in shades of name-brand polishes—including OPI and CND—rather than name-brand crayons. Aestheticians rely on Hungarian-made Éminence Organic Skin Care products to revitalize skin during facials, and the on-staff massage therapist kneads away stress using Swedish, therapeutic, and deep-tissue modalities.
Nestled in the heart of Austin’s vibrant new Mueller district, PALOMA Botanical Beauty Parlour is a boutique style salon + spa offering hair and skincare services using natural, organic product lines in a fashionably relaxed and artistically charged atmosphere.
Lisa Marie Pascual’s work has appeared in beauty competitions, bridal events, and fashion photography, but now she performs her work inside of Salons by JC. A detail-oriented hairstylist, Lisa tailors each cut and color to her clients’ features and goals. Aside from haircuts, coloring, and bright color highlights, Lisa offers makeup services, facial waxing, and formal hair design.
Master aesthetician Karen Edwards began her education in the Middle East and Europe. While abroad, she had the opportunity to treat a wide range of skin types, conditions, and ethnicities. Now, with that exposure, and more than 20 years experience in performing and teaching facial treatments, Karen has dropped anchor at Ruby Blue Aesthetics. There, she combines her own talents with high-quality products and technology to keep skin looking and feeling good, including with various facials and waxing services.