A license in cosmetology isn't enough for a stylist to hit the floor at T'nT Concept Salon—they also have to go through the salon's own training program. After that, they have all of the skills necessary to perform the services on the salon's menu, which include haircuts, conditioning treatments, beard trims, extensions, updos, permanent waves, and smoothing keratin treatments. The salon also houses a color bar, where the staff mixes hues for highlights and all-over color treatments and where many Crayola crayons mistakenly go for a drink.
Over the last 10 years, Skin Essentials Med Spa & Hair Salon owner Kelly Davis has prettified more than 1,000 faces with the SofTap permanent-makeup technique. She sidesteps the racket and pain of traditional tattoo-machine methods to gently apply the pigment with a hand tool, giving her absolute control to craft a subtle lip shape or a seductively arched brow. Guests can find similar attention to detail in the spa's repertoire of other beautifying services, from simple mani-pedis to advanced exfoliation peels that obscure signs of aging. Injections of Botox or Restylane keep skin surfaces as smooth as a pancake, and full-body scrubs and masks treat the whole physique to ensure that even your Achilles' heel embodies a beauty that belies its vulnerability.
The team at NuDaya MedSpa & Weight Loss Centers uses high-tech means to improve clients' appearances. A collection of lasers erases wrinkles, spider veins, and patches of body hair, and a device called the Lumicell Touch irons out cellulite lumps with mechanized massage. Even the weight-loss plans incorporate modern methods; lipotropic injections and appetite suppressants help patients slim down so that they can fit into their skinny jeans or form-fitting choir robes.
First health, then wellness–that's the goal of the medical professionals at Meridian Family Medical Associates. With its wide range of services—which run the gamut from pediatrics to geriatrics and cosmetic injections to personal injury—Meridian's practitioners first treats illness and discomfort, then guide patients to increased health through its wellness program. They also offer weight-management and nutritional counseling, aiding patients in struggles against unwanted bulk and efforts to preserve their newly slimmed silhouettes through healthy eating habits.
Visions Salon and Spa's owner Shirley Manulak arrives at work each day determined to fulfill her customers’ cosmetic needs. “We just wanted to have a relaxing, friendly atmosphere. We want to shampoo away some of your stress,” she told Y.C. Orozco of the Pasadena Citizen. Armed with 35 years of experience as a cosmetology instructor and a skilled staff, her salon offers an array of aesthetic services, including manicures, pedicures, and hairstyling in a salon renovated after Manulak bought it two years ago. Like jazz bands that are serious about their craft, the staff steam cleans all of their instruments with autoclaves and medical-grade disinfectant.
The trained technicians at Houston Tattoo Removal Clinic help delete unwanted tattoos using an FDA-approved, noninvasive laser. An initial consultation factors in everything from the tattoo's depth and age to skin type to determine the most effective treatment. During the procedure, a handheld laser hovers over the ink, delivering short bursts of energy to fade the pigmentation without damaging the skin around it. Though some designs may take up to 12 treatments to fully banish, many require only two visits, and virtually all patients observe no scarring afterward.
The laser technology can also fight age-related blemishes with services such as liver-spot removal and scar reduction, but Houston Tattoo Removal Clinic's true passion is in helping Texas youngsters erase the mistakes of their past. Aside from its outreach work with the Texas Youth Commission, the clinic proudly expunges tattoos from the faces and hands of kids aged 17 and younger for free—an act of benevolence that has helped wipe troubled teens' slates clean for a healthy, happy future.