At Batool Salon, a coterie of beauty service providers enhances the natural appearances of clients with a blend of ancient techniques and modern trends. During eyebrow-threading sessions the string-wielding perfectionists festoon facescapes with precise lines and streamlined eye moustaches. The thread quickly removes singular hairs, which eliminates guesswork and prevents skin irritation. Eyelash extensions also accentuate guests' ocular features, and natural henna tattoos decorate bodies with intricate, personalized patterns for up to two weeks. In addition, Batool Salon features a boutique with hand-embroidered clothing items and accessories that are one-of-a-kind to reduce the likelihood of showing up at a party in the exact same outfit as another mannequin.
Owner and artistic director Charles Moyse started his career at the original Dessange Paris salon in France, where he designed award-winning cuts and updos for international hair styling competitions. He brought his signature hair design techniques to the U.S. in 1995 and opened his own salon in 2002. His design team now coifs Houstonians at the Dessange Paris Salon on Memorial Drive in River Oaks. The salon’s interior is modern and elegant, with stark white walls mixing harmoniously with black accents and hanging lights. Along with Parisian-influenced cuts, spa treatments from full body wraps to rejuvenating facials are also offered on-site. Special occasion makeup sessions and bridal consultations are available as well.
A cast of deft stylists—each well-equipped to handle any and every hair type in Houston—works inside J. Minyon & Company’s self-proclaimed “multicultural” salon, welcoming clients for one-on-one consultations before reshaping coifs into flattering, yet manageable, ’dos. Aside from the basic snips and trims, the team alters hair textures with perms and smoothing treatments by CHI, arranges strands into elegant updos, and enhances sheen, dimension, and taste with color glazing. Pale yellow walls surround chocolate-hued styling chairs and decorative accents, and bottles of Paul Mitchell, Mizani, and Affirm products wait to pounce on stressed hair and unsuspecting combs amid the vibrant red hues of the shampoo area.
Studio 31 Hair Lab owners Kimberly Michelle and Santos Chapa travel around the country, educating stylists and demonstrating techniques as part of the TIGI International Artistic Team. At Studio 31, an educational support salon of TIGI, Michelle and Chapa oversee a bi-weekly training program for their stylists. Aside from performing squats and bench presses, the stylists work hard to keep up with cutting edge trends for women, children, and men. Armed with products from TIGI, Design Essentials, and L’Oreal Professionnel, they strive to transform each hairdo into a distinctive garden. Four different deep-conditioning treatments with organic oils help keep cranial gardens healthy and lustrous.
Tucked within Vereaux Hair Studio’s tranquil, earth-toned salon, expert stylists bustle around guests, trimming overgrown locks and flattering cheekbones with their expert layering. With Alfaparf Milano conditioners and Surface Certified Organic products at their disposal, they strive to complement faces with their hairdos, adding splashes of color to brighten eyes or lengthening hair with extensions to play down protruding donkey ears. To salvage dried-out hair, the stylists douse strands in various hydrating treatments such as steam-hydrating conditioning for very coarse hair. They also arrange hair into elegant styles for weddings or other special occasions.
A 2012 pick for The Knot’s Best of Weddings, Fashion Face beautifies brides, bridesmaids, or wedding crashers for their big day with hairstyling and professional makeup services that include 16-hour foundations and tattoo cover-ups. Branching out beyond weddings, the salon also enhances everyday beauty with cuts and colors from experienced stylists and deep-cleansing facials that exfoliate and moisturize the skin. Custom airbrush tanning provides a natural-looking bronze without harsh chemicals or exposure to UV rays. Technicians apply the botanical solution by hand, adding darker hues to specific areas to create the look of a more toned physique.