At age 5, Alejandro Gonzalez loved to play with scissors. His two older sisters—cosmetology students—kept a store of styling gear around the house that proved far more fascinating to his budding brain than any toys. That fascination persisted through his formative years and eventually turned into his life's calling. Today, Alejandro doles out cuts, coloring, and texturizing services with an enthusiasm that extends back to his childhood.
His cozy two-chair salon doesn't have room for styling assistants, and that's OK by Alejandro, since he insists on performing every step in the styling process himself, from shampooing to cutting to texturizing. For him, designing a new style means more than updating a look; it's an artistic vision. He wouldn't want another stylist finishing a haircut he started any more than a sculptor would want his apprentice finishing a statue by breaking off both of its arms.
Taking full ownership over his work, Alejandro wants hair to look good now as well as later. To accomplish this, he seeks out professional products that protect against dryness and damage. Lakmé and Pravana color infuses hair with vibrant hues and enriching soy ingredients.
Dr. Naila Malik is board certified in family medicine, and has over 20 years of experience. She has focused on skin care and weight management for the past 10 years and today, having been featured in such magazines as Elle and Fitness, Dr. Malik applies her diverse expertise at her own practice. She is the health and beauty advisor for the network on the Broadcast TV Show, and has been featured on Best Doctors Network and has made appearances on TV shows such as Good Morning Texas, and CBS Dallas. Her team of certified medical aestheticians performs a slew of services, from acne care for teens and adults to cosmetic dermatology procedures such as Botox injections, chemical peels, and laser hair reduction. Dr. Malik has also developed her own line of skincare products, many of which she uses during in-office treatments, to treat issues such as acne, rosacea, sensitive skin, and anti-aging.
As a little girl in Miami, Fabiana March would watch in awe as her mother––a 30-year veteran of the beauty industry––combed, curled, and coifed simple strands into stunning works of art. Unable to deny her passion for hair in any language––she's fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish––Fabiana instead decided to embrace her innate talent and follow in her mother's footsteps, a path that would ultimately lead her to Dallas and a gig inside the Aveda-focused State-Thomas Salon. There, she helps heads find the dimensional shine or texture they've always dreamed of with services that range from balayage color to formaldehyde-free Pravana smooth-out treatments. To ensure faces look fresh from top to chin, she also offers waxing for the eyebrows and upper lip and teeth-whitening treatments that help oust stains caused by coffee or a diet rich in grass clippings.
Like any redhead, Jennifer Davis had intimate knowledge of the painful burns that would result when she tried to imbue her fair complexion with a sultry summer glow. Determined to help her fellow Texans achieve a sun-kissed hue without the damaging effects of tanning, Jennifer opened a mobile airbrush-tanning business that has since expanded to multiple salon hubs situated throughout the Dallas metro area.
Using a paraben-free, DHA solution, the salon?s certified airbrush technicians completely envelop frames in a shade tailored to skin tones, leaving a streak-free color that lets patrons avoid the attentions of lovelorn zebras. The tanning solution is applied and dry within 30 minutes, both illuminating bodily hues and covering skin imperfections such as blemishes, cellulite, and stretch marks during its two-week tenure on the skin. The salon also stocks a supply of Norvell products and airbrushing machines, allowing guests to maintain golden skin at home without replacing showerheads with arcade token machines.
As her client reclines, Nina of Absolute Lash isolates a single natural lash, to which she affixes one Xtreme Lash with a high-performance adhesive, then repeats. She does this 50–120 times during each 90-minute session, and she does it expertly, thanks to more than 15 years of experience performing the eye-enhancement service. Certified in aesthetics by Derma Elite Academy, Nina's also an advanced certified Xtreme Lashes stylist, accomplishing services ranging from natural to novelty lashes that come in pink, purple, and orange. Whether working with colored or natural lashes, her training allows her to curve, lengthen, and thicken the lashes to suit each client's eye shape, features, and number of eyes. In addition to lash enhancement, Nina can peel away unwanted body hair with waxing services or apply a body-art glitter tattoo that, unlike traditional tattoos and beanie-baby collecting, doesn't last forever.
When Younes Ounzar moved from New York to Dallas, he brought coloring expertise that earned him—and only five other salons across the nation—a spot on Colin Cowie Weddings the Hair Hit List. Following the lead of Ounzar, stylists at Capelli Salon Dallas enhance manes with an array of services and their own line of nourishing products. Coifs emerge with vibrant new tones after ammonia-free coloring treatments, or sport smooth, sleek tresses after Japanese thermal treatments. Real human-hair extensions add dramatic length or empathy for a sister who lives in a locked tower. Full-length mirrors and red cube-shaped chairs imbue the salon with a contemporary, European vibe that is elevated with modernistic white chandeliers.