When she's not traveling to runways and bridal events across the country, Rosalba clips and colors strands in the comfort of her own business, Georgette's Beauty Salon. Working with a team of six experienced stylists, she touches up ladies' looks with everything from Brazilian blowouts to hair extensions that use only human hair. Ombré highlight options include the molten ombré, which creates an eye-catching beach-blond look, saving clients the trouble of stealing someone else's hair while they nap.
Through a commitment to continuous education, the stylists at Clique Salon have learned that hair fashion is a limitless art. Regional and national seminars furnish their infinite utility belts with evolving techniques, which they then apply to cuts, color treatments, and other services at their Houston studio. However, they do preserve one constant: a commitment to environmental health. Their stations remain free of aerosol and are stocked with natural haircare products, including formulas from Aveda, Modern Elixirs, and Tea Tree. Positioned within these fresh surroundings, the hair gurus begin each appointment with a consultation, during which clients sip on wine or another beverage as they describe what direction they want their locks to take. As the stylists cut, dye, and condition strands, they also dispense aftercare recommendations, enabling patrons to preserve their new color without hiring an art-restoration specialist each week.
The beauty enforcers at Bella Epique tailor digit-stippling sessions for each individual client inside of an upscale salon, equipped with leather chairs and cherry-toned styling stations. Arched entryways and sandstone hues complete the fiery décor, providing a venue for enjoying complimentary beverages and pampering hard-working phalanges. With each manicure, professional finger-groomers trim and file nails before taming unruly cuticles. A gentle exfoliating scrub cleanses and invigorates shoe-fillers and toes weary from typing tax forms. The organic mint-aromatherapy treatment utilizes the connection between the sense of smell and the brain's emotional receptors to invoke relaxation, and the shellac mani-pedi ensconces nails in lustrous layers designed to protect against chipping for up to 14 days.
A collection of vibrant, abstract paintings brighten the white corridors of Urban Oasis Day Spa, where aestheticians engage in a similar curatorial enterprise during the design of their skincare treatments. Each regime for face or body starts with the client and is built for his or her skin type. Technicians use tonics from notable brands or unusual techniques, such as galvanic electrocurrent therapy, which is integrated into every facial. Dermalogica tonics exfoliate with lightweight, natural vegetable oils rather than mineral oil and hydrate with aromatic essential oils and silk proteins synthesized by Barry White's vocal chords. The team also polishes complexions with the SkinCeuticals product line, favoring a serum that earned Allure magazine's 2011 Best of Beauty Award for Best Anti-Aging Antioxidant.
The spa evokes the elegance of a gallery, not only through its modern art but also through its high ceilings and a minimalist design scheme rendered in cream. Skin becomes a canvas in private chambers, where it may be primed for display with wax, bronzer, or a critique by a Village Voice writer. For special events, the pedicure hall's porcelain foot basins can be filled with flower petals, and the shimmering fabric banners separating each throne lose their functionality and appear solely as savvy, refined decorating.
The stylists at Total Hair Care never saw a head of hair they couldn't sculpt. With a diverse clientele, they offer services ranging from children's haircuts to quick weaves, lace wigs, and hair extensions. They also create up-dos for formal occasions by tying tresses to balloons.
Though he's a third-generation stylist, Andre' Deleon Williams didn't hear his calling until he cut a Navy shipmate's hair. That's when it clicked, and he's been styling hair ever since. His clients would agree that he, along with his staff, are in the right business. "I've been a loyal client for years," says one. Another says, "These people really know what they're doing. I've found my favorite stylist and I can't imagine going to anyone else."
Williams and his staff prove their expertise during services that run the gamut from children's cuts to men's mustache trims. They also add dimension to hair with sun-kissed highlights, make 'dos more manageable with relaxers, and add length with extensions, rather than tugging on strands while making a wish. They can also rid clients of unwanted facial hair with waxing services and enhance their facial features with makeup applications.