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.
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.
The technicians at Envogue Spa & Salon accentuate epidermises with traditional salon and spa services as well as medical-grade skincare. They dote on prized locks with haircuts, styling, and highlights, and banish unwanted fuzz via threading and waxing services using natural azulene cream wax. Their facials heal and brighten complexions to better attract the attention of jumbotron operators. For more stubborn imperfections, clinical skin treatments promise a respite from warts and skin tags using radioactive therapy and cryotherapy.
For the past 15 years, the beauty experts at Sheila's Hair Design have enhanced bodies with cuts and colors, the ancient art of threading, and henna tattoos that are ideal for weddings or turning a row of freckles into Pac-Man fodder. A boutique area showcases clothing and jewelry from Pakistan and India, including traditional pieces from Rajasthan.
Advanced clinical treatments meet spa-like comfort at Radiance Medspa DC. Here, a team of medical doctors and registered nurses tend to clients' every aesthetic or relaxing need. The professionals focus on nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, addressing signs of aging with Botox and IPL photofacials, and fine-tuning bodies with contouring and skin-tightening sessions. They determine treatment plans using the Visia Digital Skin Analysis system, which helps them assess whether a client might benefit from a medical-grade facial peel.
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.