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.
Nisha found her calling as a beauty expert by accident. Originally dedicated to interior design, she stepped in at the last minute as her cousin's wedding makeup artist and hair stylist when the original individual fell ill. Nisha found that the same approach she took to styling rooms—listening, visualizing, and delivering—translated to the beauty industry, minus the throw pillows, and she's been pampering and prettifying clients ever since. During appointments at Nisha's Salons, she and her skilled staff give each guest their full focus as they snip and color hair, soften skin with herbal creams, and enhance facial features with makeup applications.
The cosmetologists at Pro Clips Hair & Beauty Salon refresh noodle-rinds by subjecting dermal debris to a one-hour litany of treatments. During the deep-cleaning facial, technicians scrub façades free of dullness and dead skin cells before a gentle round of extractions expunges pores of burnt-out light bulbs. The facial's namesake treatment then swoops in to thoroughly cleanse the complexion and help prevent future breakouts. Next, visages find nourishment under a specially blended mask, and a hand, scalp, and shoulder massage obliterates below-the-surface tension. Those opting for the herbal facial receive all of the deep-cleaning facial's services in addition to herbal elements that work to clear blemishes and add flavor to face-top hibachi grills.
Luxe Salon and Spa restores a healthy, relaxed glow to skin, nails, and hair. Custom facial treatments address each client?s specific skin tone and imbalances, and manicures polish nails after preventing overgrown cuticles by lining the lower base of the nail with mini sandbags. A team of talented stylists shapes hair and paints new ?dos with balayage-style highlights, which grow out to complement a head?s natural shade. The spa?s signature services include massages and body wraps, which relax the body more than submerging oneself in a dunk tank full of warm milk.
For some people, a treat is a donut and a warm latte; for others, it is a new haircut. At La Petite Salon, those indulgences are just a door apart. Professional hairstylist Fadia Saadi performs a wide variety of services in her salon, which is connected to the La Petite Market café and bakery. There, she transforms frizzy 'dos with keratin treatments, adds dimension with highlights, and uses a simple cotton thread to pluck unwanted hairs.
With more than 25 years of styling experience, Ms. Shalini—a certified cosmetologist and skincare specialist who has studied beauty in the United States and India—envisioned a tranquil beauty oasis when she founded Instyle Beauty Salon. Today, along with Ms. Tamina, a certified cosmetologist, hairstyling specialist, and a graduate of New York’s Aveda Institute, Ms. Shalini pampers customers with spa and beauty services in a hair salon and three private treatment rooms.
In the Buddha room, tranquil statues oversee massages and facials under the soft light of candles and paper lamps. In the Village room, hanging lanterns illuminate rustic art as customers recline for facial treatments. Waxing and cleaning treatments populate the Garden room, which cheers clients with fresh flowers that commiserate amicably with freshly plucked hairs.