Sylvia, the owner and Master stylist at Lash Cafe, studied cosmetology and aesthetics in Vienna, Austria. After a long stint at a premier European cosmetic company, she directed her attention to her own studio, where she now taps into her myriad skills to beautify clients' faces. Lash extensions are the marquee service, and Sylvia begins each appointment with a discussion to determine what look is most flattering for the client. She then uses silk lashes and Xtreme FlexFusion adhesive, which helps the lashes stay in place for up to 90 days, or possibly longer for those who never ever sneeze. In addition to extensions, Sylvia also offers lash tinting and shaping, as well as permanent makeup for those who want to ditch more than just their mascara wand.
The Skin Spa’s licensed aesthetician, Kellen Crawford, uses Rhonda Allison skincare products, with which she has extensive training. Kellen didn’t start using this product line by accident. A few years back, when she was frustrated with adult acne, she began trying Rhonda Allison products, in addition to skin peels and microdermabrasion. These were the tools Kellen used to improve her complexion, and she carries the resulting inspiration with her every day as she renders custom facials, vitamin therapy, body treatments, and waxing services, not to mention the chemical peels that she found so helpful.
Christina Lynn favors funky, creative cuts. The stylist and graduate of North Texas Central Cosmetology lets her creativity blossom at Twisted Heads Salon, where she transforms overgrown locks or mundane styles into fresh hairdos that leap to life with color. Christina also specializes in hot fusion extensions, and she can transition from funky to classic with ease. The latter comes in handy when she performs special event hairstyling, sculpting elegant hairdos for weddings, proms, and laundry night at the queen's home.
Christina Hellums specializes in color and fusion extensions. The color-savvy stylist excels at natural-looking color and highlights, but also won't shy away from requests for bold hues—she's used bright purple, yellow, and pink dyes. Christina works out of the Cuttin' Corner, a salon with chic accents such as natural stone walls and modern artwork.
The staff at Darque Tan learned the science of tanning through Smart Tan certification, which they rely on to design efficient, safe regimes for each client's skin type. Five levels of PCTan beds and booths can bronze skin with as few as 12 minutes of UV exposure while enveloping skin in cooling mist. Automated airbrush tanning in VersaSpa or Mystic Tan booths create even, natural-looking color that masks scars and stretch marks. Darque Tan's pursuit of convenience is further exemplified with business hours that span seven days a week, a minimum of 20 beds per location, and rec rooms where kids can read and watch TV. A crew of professional cleaners details each of the facilities according to a rigorous 50-point inspection and tips gleaned from reading Mr. Clean's LiveJournal.
When hairstylist Shelton Ogle opened his first salon at 21, he quickly realized the secret to maximizing the number of gorgeous haircuts he could render: a well-trained staff. So two years later, he opened his beauty school, Ogle School of Hair, Skin & Nails. Now in its 40th year, the school leverages its accrued experience and knowledge to teach aesthetic arts ranging from skincare to hair coloring. In the school’s salons, students practice on the public, cutting hair into elegant, customized shapes, texturizing strands with relaxers and perms, and highlighting nails with manicures, rather than with rings with built-in strobe lights. A testament to Shelton’s success in building his vision, he was even able to develop a weekly show for PBS about the beauty industry.