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.
Inside Blue Jade Medi Spa and Skin Care Clinic's bright, airy interior, Dr. Ban A. Vu and chief aesthetician Bich Ngoc Nguyen restore skin to youthful splendor. Specializing in asian skin tones, the spa's advanced equipment can help mend problems on any complexion. Staffers wield lasers that remove hair, tattoos, and unsightly veins, while Botox and Juvéderm injections smooth away facial wrinkles and perk up sagging skin. Eight-step facials cleanse visages as they nourish skin with hydrating creams.
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.
Ash? Laser Med Spa isn?t owner Aisha Khalid?s first stint in the beauty world. The certified laser technician boasts 20 years of experience that includes owning the 15-location Aisha?s Salon & Spa, as well as her own clothing boutique and makeup and skincare line, Ash? Skin Care. Now, as a certified laser-hair-removal professional, she?s opened a laser med spa where she performs laser hair removal, laser skin tightening, and the VI chemical peel. Using an FDA-approved Candela GentleYAG laser, she targets unwanted hair follicles to remove strands without harming surrounding tissue. Khalid tends to other skin issues, including sun damage and aging, by applying a VI peel that clears up acne, shrinks pores, and lifts off any bumper stickers attached to the face.