Imagine losing all of your hair—what would that do to your self-confidence and quality of life? With the belief that hair is much more than a fashion accessory, Untourage Salon Retreat owner Tanissa Carmon uses custom-fitted cranial hair prostheses to help clients to feel good about their appearance when dealing with hair loss, whether due to illness or heredity.
This dedication to giving people peace of mind also shows in Tanissa's other salon services, which range from stylish cuts to smoothing keratin treatments to seamless extensions—all of which begin with a complimentary consultation to determine each client's preferred look and salon nickname. As clients settle into cozy styling chairs, the 800-square-foot space reverberates with the sounds of experienced stylists snipping, smoothing, and lengthening 'dos backed by a soundtrack of instrumental jazz music.
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.
At Shea Essence Day Spa, the noise and stress of the outside world melt into the spa's signature organic shea butter. The product exemplifies the business' core belief: that beauty and wellness go hand-in-exfoliated-hand. Aestheticians use the body product during treatments such as the Herbs and Organic Shea Butter Deluxe Manicure or the Back Facial Treatment. During both, the shea butter exfoliates and moisturizes skin, rendering it healthier and more youthful looking.
Other treatments eschew the shea butter for hydrating creams, mud body wraps, or body products designed for specific clientele, such as men or expectant mothers. The spa also houses an infrared sauna where infrared heat travels deep within the body to promote blood flow and a detoxifying sweat.
Dr. Shelena Lalji has donned many capes throughout her career, including wife, mother, and women's health advocate, She practiced as a board-certified OB/GYN until opening her own facility in 2006, when she realized a patient's well-being isn't just a collection of lab results, but rather a balance of mind, body, and spirit.
Today, alongside a team of hand-selected professionals, Dr. Shel is focused on this holistic approach, administering a range of services divided into aesthetic and wellness needs. Inside Dr. Shel's center, a floor-to-ceiling water feature greets visitors, and soft lighting splashes across the artwork lining hallway walls, treatment rooms, and back-room portal into Space Jam.
Aside from pampering her clientele, Kalologie Medspa founder Tracy Brennan fills her business's shelves with a signature line of sulfate- and paraben-free products, which earned her spa a nod from Elle in 2008 as one of "the 10 best beauty boutiques for hard-to-find products." Aestheticians nourish visages with salutary facials that can include steam exfoliation or fruit enzymes. Additionally, trained med-spa technicians can refine appearances with injectables or IPL treatments, which employ a Palomar StarLux laser system as they target hyperpigmented blemishes or unsightly follicles with controlled pulses of laser light energy.
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.