To be the best, you don't have to beat the best. You can just as easily learn from them. Michaela Turnbo took this maxim to heart while training with makeup artist to the stars Cassandra Scott, a celebrity favorite who has worked with famous faces including Elizabeth Taylor and Heather Locklear. Recently published in Passion Hair Book 2011, Turnbo shares her skills as a style expert and aesthetician at A Petite Spa, enhancing and tightening skin with glycolic peels, nonsurgical face-lifts, and facials designed to work with any schedule. She also strips away unsightly hair from the face and body with her swift waxing services and gussies up complexions for weddings, parties, and luxury driver's licenses with makeup applications.
Licensed aesthetician Crystal Seidler uses her pageant experience to enhance her clients' natural beauty at her eponymous practice inside the Mélange Gallery of Salons. She can calibrate her deft makeup applications to suit a variety of occasions, whether it’s for a model in a photo shoot, a bride on her wedding day, or a lawyer fresh from the pie-eating portion of the LSAT. To refresh skin, Crystal also performs facials and peels that target specific skincare concerns using glo therapeutics products, which can also be purchased from the salon.
The beauticians at Hello Gorgeous wield makeup, nail polish, and other pampering paraphernalia to transform girls into glamorous stars. A manicure dolls up little digits with a soak, file, and polish before a pedicure treats little piggies on their way to market with the respect and vibrant nail art they deserve. Finally, a staff member beautifies young faces with a variety of makeup shades and colors, outfitting them with rock-star attitude, runway-model swagger, or a constitutional monarch’s demure sense of propriety. For more examples of gussied up glitz within Hello Gorgeous’ pink walls, guests can check out its photo gallery.
Menchaca's savvy stylists expertly snip and style tresses after consulting with clients about their desired coiffures. Depending on hair's length, thickness, and bravery facing scissors in battle, the cut, shampoo, and blow-dry take anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes. Add dimension to hair color or try to subtly go incognito from codependent necks with highlights. Clients can peruse Menchaca's wide selection of products, including Paul Mitchell, Rusk, and Pureology, to keep strands looking polished long after appointments.
Inside this airy salon—bedecked with wooden crates and Parisian prints—stylists bolster each client's personal style with cuts, coloring, and hair treatments. Numerous coloring techniques, including base breaks and highlights, camouflage grey strands and provide a more youthful sheen to hairdos. Keratin and Japanese relaxer treatments help discipline the hair by keeping each lock as straight as a schoolmarm's ruler. The team also accentuates features with haircuts, and readies brides-to-be with sweeping up-dos and airbrush makeup.
Located within the honey-toned confines of Mélange Gallery of Salons—whose plush leather couches and heigh ceilings bestow and upscale vibe—stylists Ransy and Angelina of True Color Salon sculpt new hairdos on clients of all ages. Together, the experienced pair specializes in mixing colors and designing foil patterns that complement their clients, as well as creating eye-catching updos for big events.