Bella Nova Day Spa & Retreat's owner, Julie Puccio, purveys a host of clinical and traditional beautifying treatments within the spa's private treatment rooms and Vichy shower, including facials, firming body wraps, and complete salon services for men, women, and children. Gauzy curtains drape over massage beds where clients can receive one of Bella Nova's nine massage modalities to help regulate energy flow and disprove the myth that tiny balloon animals dwell just beneath the skin's surface.
With an on-staff arsenal of more than 40 stylists and spa savants, About Hair reaps refined faces, relaxed backs, radiant nails, and ravishing hair through a multitude of beautifying services. Staffers slather faces with a PCA chemical peel, a specialized concoction containing alphahydroxy acids, to remove surface layers of skin.
There is no follicle too wispy or fuzz too peachy to avoid the professional waxen masters at European Wax Center. Before your defoliation, you'll be slathered like so much beef brisket with the Center's calming cleanser and a pre-depilatory oil that fights irritation and redness. A very special, alcohol-free blend of polymers and beeswax is specially designed to uproot hair with nary a pang of pain. Afterward, your newly smooth skin will be pampered with an ingrown-hair-and-breakout-despising solution.
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.
Linda Malveaux—or Lady L as she's called by friends, clients, and Sesame Street characters—has been transforming 'dos in the Houston area for more than a decade. Her mission is to help clients cultivate a healthy head of hair. If her services happen to make people look and feel great, too, that's just a cherry atop the sundae. She also attends trade shows throughout the year in order to keep up on all the current trends in hairstyles and technology, such as keratin treatments and laser hair therapy.
Overfuzzed noggins and faces seek aid from seasoned beautifiers at Bubbly's Salon, which proudly performs the ancient art of threading. Threading unshackles brows enslaved to face fur via cotton fibers that gather and uproot errant hairs during a series of swift tugs. Precisely removing entire rows of fringe for up to two weeks without ravaging sensitive skin, the 5- to 10-minute threading sessions sidestep the redness and cuts that sometimes result from tweezing, waxing, or wrestling an alligator. Men and children march into the tiled salon for mane-oriented overhauls executed by a stylist's flitting clippers during roughly 20-minute appointments. Alternatively, women kick back for up to an hour while pamperers work shampoo up into a lather and trim overflowing tendrils. Freshly shorn manes are then woven into modern 'dos or made to look like picnic baskets for patrons to store extra rubber bands and barrettes.