The Medispa Institute is led by not one, but two professionals who are experts in their fields: medical director Dr. Ban A. Vu and aesthetic director Bich Ngoc Nguyen. Dr. Vu has been practicing cosmetic surgery in the Houston area for more than 20 years and specializes in procedures for the Asian face and body.
The duo helms a team rounded out by highly trained laser technicians who are all members of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, including Certified Medical Laser Safety Operator Mai Pham. Pham and her fellow staffers are particularly skilled in the treatment of Asian and ethnic skin and offer services ranging from permanent makeup and facials to blue-light therapy. They can address virtually any skin issue with laser technology, including unwanted hair, veins, or age spots—all within a clean, white-on-white facility.
Owner Mythili Muktevi truly believes the maxim that beauty starts from within. To this end, she focuses not only on fulfilling the beautification needs of her clients but on enveloping them in a welcoming, self-affirming environment. She and her talented team utilize a range of facials to quell troubles on a variety of skin types, infusing treatments with herbs, fruits, and plants that encourage glowing complexions and invigorate mental activity. Within the beauty haven?s salon area, stylists renovate lackluster locks with women?s and men?s haircuts and opt for relaxers and perms to transform the texture of manes. Additionally, waxing and threading sessions sweep away unwanted hairs, and henna services utilize a temporary dye to ink intricate designs along the body, eliminating the need to put a pet squid through art school.
Green Apple Salon owner Anthony Skoog knows a thing or two about the Matrix haircare line. He has worked as a Matrix master artistic educator for more than 20 years, traveling as far as Mexico and India to train other stylists. Skoog has also reportedly sculpted celebrity coifs and appeared on reality TV.
The salon specializes in corrective color services that employ Matrix products, and they trim locks with dry cutting, a styling technique first adopted by Oscar Wilde. They pinpoint every stray strand and split end in the bright natural light that filters through the loft studio's windows.
Urban Retreat in River Oaks has the bright lights, big city luxury spa experience down. Gleaming polished floors and shiny granite counters lead to wall-length windows with a downtown view, making for a spectacularly soothing environment. The spa offers everything from full body wrap treatments to celebrity-grade salon services and laser skin resurfacing treatments, while others may make appointments for a skin-tightening phototherapy session or Brazilian Keratin Straightener treatment. No matter what, the results are largely the same: smoother, younger-looking skin and a smile to show it all off. If that all sounds like the stuff of too much science fiction, guests can simply relax at Urban Retreat with massages, nail work and other contemporary pampering services.
Satori means sudden enlightenment, and at Satori Salon that moment comes when stylists spin clients around to face the mirror and a brand new cut and color are revealed. Inside this Washington Avenue salon in the Heights, dark bamboo paneling and wooden Buddhas create a Zen-like feeling. The Satori experience isn’t just about getting a haircut; it’s about creating the perfect hair design in a lush atmosphere. The designers here are all established stylists, and many have master-level color training and experience working on photo shoots and runway shows. A great hairstyle might not lead to sudden enlightenment, but it can definitely be a great surprise during the big reveal.
Transformations to hair are only limited to the imagination at Innovative Looks. Subtle gradients of blue and candy-apple red adorn tresses with watercolor-like simplicity, while rainbow-dyed locks mean clients no longer have to bring a raincloud and a sunbeam with them everywhere they go. Hair imparts a sharper look when snipped into a sleek a-line, and keratin treatments provide long-lasting smoothness without the frizz.