At Touch of Beauty Salon, the team beautifies guests in a number of ways, from haircuts, highlights, and color treatments to permanent makeup, eyebrow threading, and facials. Henna tattoos and ear piercings can also add a new edge to clients' looks.
What inspired you (or the owner) to start or run this business?
I was once a waxer at a franchise and had a very good clientele base. I didn't like having to rush clients and push things on them they didn't need. I wanted to create an atmosphere where they feel relaxed and as comfortable as possible.
What sets your business apart?
I have a variety of waxes: hard and soft, different flavored. [All are] biodegradable and leave skin feeling supple soft.
What is your most popular offering?
Brazilians! We offer more of a pampering experience. We use products to open up your pores, so it's less painful. We offer back and neck massages if you had a long day.
Thanks to hair relaxers, you can walk into a salon curly and leave straight. Zoom in on the chemistry of your curls with Groupon’s introduction.
Human hair is flexible enough to run wild as a mountain stream one day and fall as straight as water over the Hoover Dam the next. But to make lasting changes to its texture, you need to go beyond the reach of styling tools down to the chemical level. All hair is made of keratin, a hard protein that’s also central to our skin, nails, and exoskeletons. To form a single hair, keratin molecules link together in different patterns with the help of three types of chemical bonds: hydrogen bonds and salt bonds, both of which break easily in water and reform when dry, and disulphide bonds, which can only be broken by certain chemicals. In straight hair, the disulphide bonds are evenly aligned. In curly hair, however, the bonds occur irregularly and at odd angles, causing the hair to twist and kink on its way down.
When you style your hair with heat or water alone, you break the weaker hydrogen and salt bonds to allow your do to take a new shape. Once water touches your hair, however, the bonds reform in their customary way, and you’re back where you started. Chemical relaxers, therefore, work by dissolving the hair's tough, waterproof disulphide bonds and preventing them from reforming in their normal pattern.
The most powerful hair relaxers contain sodium hydroxide, otherwise known as lye. Given lye’s presence in drain openers and oven cleaners, you might guess that it can be quite harsh on human skin, which is why no-lye relaxers made from guanidine hydroxide are also common. There is a trade-off, however: some find that lye relaxers are harder on the scalp but gentler on hair, and work more quickly so that you can get back to staring at your hair in the mirror sooner. An experienced stylist can recommend the best method for your hair.
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.
Lavish Looks Salon beautifies women of all ages and cultural backgrounds in its upscale and relaxing atmosphere. The stylists can dramatically change looks with relaxers, sew-in weaves, and hair extensions, or they can renew existing 'dos with color, highlights, and blowouts. At the nail bar, the staff treats guests to long-lasting gel manicures and nourishes nails with silk oil and hot towels. Sea salt, masks, and lotions soothe dry, tired, and cracked feet. But Lavish Looks doesn't just attend to the hair and extremities—the salon also has a makeup artist who can create looks that pop and a waxing technician who removes unwanted hair all over the body.
The stylists at Lily Salon and Spa shower clients with personalized attention when performing a variety of salon services from haircuts to highlights to Brazilian blowouts. They also take care to use only high-quality products when they are adding dimension with color treatments, reducing frizz with Japanese straightening treatments, or transforming manes with special occasion updos.