Even without opening your makeup bag, there are several different ways to enhance your lids. Learn the difference between some of the most popular with Groupon?s guide.
Strip lashes: Often referred to as false lashes, strip lashes are the most temporary of all lash enhancements. Composed of synthetic, lash-like threads that are attached to one curved strip, these are adhered to the edge of the eye-line and must be reapplied daily or after every time you run through a sprinkler. Though they?re easy to apply, they can feel heavy, and they?re often noticeably fake when viewed up close, making them a better fit for special occasions than for everyday wear.
Cluster lashes: These semipermanent beauties are glued to the natural lashes in v-shaped clusters. They sometimes have small knots at the tip to provide more space for the adhesive, though many choose to eschew the slight visibility of the knots in favor of more natural looking, albeit more temporary, clusters. With knots, these accent pieces may last up to a week and can survive gentle activity and showers.
Individual extensions: Called permanent because they fall off only when the natural lashes are shed, individual extensions are adhered one by one to lashes across the lid. Materials vary widely?sanitized human hair, mink fur, fox hair, and synthetic lashes are all popular, and all have tradeoffs in weight, cost, and verisimilitude?but it?s the adhesive that gives them their longer life span. A full set usually takes one to three hours to apply and requires touch-ups to account for the different growth cycles of individual natural lashes. Since several extensions may be applied to each natural lash, looks can be created ranging from a subtle mascara effect to Bambi-begging-for-a-saltlick.
Lash transplant: The only truly permanent form of lash enhancement is transplantation via a surgical procedure. It?s an expensive route that?s typically recommended for those who cannot medically grow natural lashes. During the procedure, entire follicles are excised from the back of the head and grafted onto the lash line?and because they continue to produce scalp hairs in their new home, the ?lashes? they produce will need to be trimmed for the rest of the patient?s life and, if the patient has straight hair, curled daily.
Lavender, grapefruit, honey, papaya, sea salt, coconut, green tea—though this may sound like a gourmet grocery list, for Voir Salon & Spa it’s a sampling of the ingredients that augment its foot soaks, exfoliations, and scrubs. There’s a reason, though, that the components might be found in a high-end eatery: Voir favors natural, organic treatments and keeps abreast of ecological and holistic methods, eschewing the chemicals and invasive procedures of other salons and intensive tax audits. This philosophy permeates the salon as well, from the natural, protein-rich compounds that stylists use to color hair after shearing it to the organic Essie and Zoya polish that manicurists treat nails to.
Yet the natural approach isn’t the only thing that sets minds at ease inside Voir Salon & Spa. Rustic, white-painted brick and aquamarine accents work together to summon the feeling of summer sky. Skin specialists employ lactic-acid exfoliation and herbal peels with algae as they fight acne, sun damage, or scars resulting from using porcupines as pillows. The spa’s massage therapists soothe both minds and bodies through massages that range from hot-stone kneading to Thai massage, during which yoga-inspired positions engage clients in relaxing stretches.
Dulce Jimenez, owner of Art & Color Hair Designs, is a seasoned hairstylist with more than 15 years of experience in the industry, and is an expert hair colorist adept at highlights and corrective coloring. In the spirit of collaboration, the skilled Jimenez shares her salon's client base with a team of stylists who perform services ranging from classic cuts to ammonia-free color. Each member of the team conducts an in-chair consultation before touching a hair on the client's head. From there, dead ends can be trimmed way, unruly manes can be straightened out with a keratin treatment, and dull color can be transformed with the balayage highlighting technique. The salon's resident aestheticians aim to soften and smooth complexions with Dermalogica's Age Smart, ChromaWhite TRx, and UltraCalming product lines. The skincare experts take care to pull only from lines using gentle formulas that are fragrance-, mineral-oil-, and hot-lava-free.
Andrea Reyes works alongside her crew at AndreaMagaly Hair Boutique, performing many of the same services as the stylists and aestheticians. She seems perfectly at home on the salon floor, crafting new and exciting hairstyles with cuts, coloring treatments, and extensions. Despite her expertise—or likely because of it—she can't really pin down which service is her favorite to perform. She takes pleasure in even the simplest of salon tasks, claiming that her favorite part of the job is to see clients "leave looking good and feeling better than how they came."
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Highlights/Color and Keratin Treatments
Brands Used: Alfaparf, Keratin Complex, Enjoy, Surface
All of the barbers at Shave have been trained by Master Barber Perry Gastis to ensure that their straight-razor shaves and barber cuts are up to snuff. The shop is one of the few barbershops with a staff trained in the use of Gastis’s Gentlemens Refinery line of all-natural, organic shaving products. Each shave comes with steaming hot towels and a luxurious shaving-cream lather, ensuring a close enough shave to pass inspection by the panel of gentlemen’s valets who license all barbers.
The staff supplies a complimentary beer or whiskey to each guest who takes a seat in the wood-and-leather styling thrones. The waiting area’s old-fashioned quilted armchairs and sprawling animal-pelt rug recall the smoking lounge of a gentlemen’s club of long ago, though a chunk of modern Houston skyline gleams through full-length windows just beyond.
To learn how to shampoo after you leave the salon, check out Groupon?s look at what shampoo really does.
Our follicles constantly produce a natural oil, known as sebum, that moisturizes and protects hair. Over time, sebum starts to build up, leaving hair with that familiar greasy feeling. Shampoo works by stripping out sebum using a surfactant, which clings to small clumps of the oil before water rinses the globs away, along with any dirt, dead skin cells, or confetti scraps left in the hair. Although surfactants are shampoo's main active ingredient, most products also feature compounds to fight static, thwart mold and bacteria, and impart a sweet, pleasing scent. Most shampoos also contain lathering agents, although lather has no practical cleansing effect?customers have simply come to expect it.