Aisha Khalid opened her first women-only salon and spa in 1994 and has since expanded her beautifying services to 10 family-owned locations. The business specializes in haircare, herbal facials, henna tattoos, threading, and body waxing, which, despite its name, is not the creation of a wax statue of Marilyn Monroe, Abe Lincoln, or Abe’s torso on Marilyn’s legs. The salon is open every day of the week, accommodating clients with various schedules, and the staff takes pride in being friendly and maintaining a clean atmosphere.
Specially trained aestheticians swaddle bodies in wraps designed to detoxify, slim, and relax. They employ natural ingredients such as mineral solutions, marine mud, and seaweed doused in peppermint oil to nourish the skin as fat cells and memories of the city drain away. For a more intensive treatment, the aestheticians raise their voices slightly and turn on infrared-sauna rays to detoxify, relax, and slim down the body. The spa's boutique supplies clients with products to continue their weight-loss, skincare, and anti-aging efforts on the home front.
Carlton Cargill trained at the Memorial Hermann School of Massage Therapy and put his new license to work at the Memorial Hermann Spa. There, he mastered Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports techniques. He also studied anatomy and physiology, the two disciplines that explain how doctors glue our muscles to our skeletons. Now, Cargill works inside his home studio, where red walls and white linens create a modern yet relaxing ambiance. He treats sore bodies with therapeutic kneads that can help restore emotional and spiritual balance.
The staff at Elan Designs layer treatments to soothe all of the senses during each visit. Spa guests wrap themselves in robes and slippers, which slip off for dips in whirlpools perfumed with Sacred Earth essential oils and body therapies that melt away toxins and muscle tension. Soothing paraffin-wax baths and massages augment facials, which clear up problems ranging from rosacea to hormonal acne with Murad products. In the salon, stylists deftly transition between men's, women's, and kids' cuts, while faces and digits are enhanced with cosmetics.
Mirrored Image Studio owner Kristi Collins has been working as a stylist for more than a decade and specializes in textured haircuts, relaxers, and hair extensions. She and her team use the Wella color line and Paul Mitchell PM Shines to transform hair and add contrast with highlights, lowlights, and an expertly placed strobe light. The salon's decor echoes the chiaroscuro of their styles: brown and beige earth tones are accentuated by the dark hardwood accents of the cabinetry, creating an atmosphere as natural and relaxing as a kangaroo’s pouch.
Physique Studio's licensed technicians mold svelte, smooth silhouettes with noninvasive fat-reducing treatments. Liposculpture cavitation technology harnesses low-frequency ultrasound waves to break up unwanted fat cells, and infrared body wraps swaddle clients in radiant heat that helps tighten skin and melt icicles between toes. Each service is designed to trim inches and fat from such notoriously troublesome areas as waists, abdomens, hips, and thighs. Patrons with ailments such as liver or kidney disease may not be eligible for some treatments.