Looking beautiful shouldn't take all day, which is why Apple Lash Studio offers a menu of services that helps clients cut down on their primping time. Mascara can be nixed from one's makeup routine after synthetic-fiber extensions—available in black and glitter-coated styles—add immediate length and volume to lash lines. The naturally curved, semipermanent lashes never interfere with one's other daily activities, including swimming, showering, and sweating, and only take a trained lash specialist up to two hours to apply, one lash at a time, using sterilized equipment. While at the intimate shop, clients can also have unwanted hair quickly removed from their brows, lower legs, and bikini lines.
Lavender, grapefruit, honey, papaya, sea salt, coconut, green tea—though this may sound like a gourmet grocery list, for Voir Salon & Spa it’s a sampling of the ingredients that augment its foot soaks, exfoliations, and scrubs. There’s a reason, though, that the components might be found in a high-end eatery: Voir favors natural, organic treatments and keeps abreast of ecological and holistic methods, eschewing the chemicals and invasive procedures of other salons and intensive tax audits. This philosophy permeates the salon as well, from the natural, protein-rich compounds that stylists use to color hair after shearing it to the organic Essie and Zoya polish that manicurists treat nails to.
Yet the natural approach isn’t the only thing that sets minds at ease inside Voir Salon & Spa. Rustic, white-painted brick and aquamarine accents work together to summon the feeling of summer sky. Skin specialists employ lactic-acid exfoliation and herbal peels with algae as they fight acne, sun damage, or scars resulting from using porcupines as pillows. The spa’s massage therapists soothe both minds and bodies through massages that range from hot-stone kneading to Thai massage, during which yoga-inspired positions engage clients in relaxing stretches.
While the name of this Rice Village spa may sum up its specialties, it reveals very little about the detail that goes into each service. Take, for instance, the mani-pedis: nail technicians not only lengthen digits with Solar or fiberglass nails, they also soften the surrounding skin with sea salt scrubs and paraffin wax. During facial treatments, aestheticians thoroughly assess the skin before combatting acne, dehydration, or signs of aging with a personalized medley of vitamin-enriched Matis Paris products. To extend the life of newly glowing complexions, the staff plies clients with take-home samples of any product used during their treatments.
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.
Houston Wellness Boutique is decorated with numerous butterflies, and there's a reason for that. "When my clients walk in the door, they feel like a caterpillar," says owner Terry Tribble. "When they walk out, I want them to feel like a butterfly." She and her staff achieve this transformation with a selection of slimming body wraps that use a special solution to draw out toxins and help promote circulation. The treatments begin with dry brushing, a relaxing service that exfoliates dead skin cells to help the solution penetrate deeper into the body. Clients can achieve even greater results with an additional infrared-sauna session. Houston Wellness Boutique also specializes in pampering cancer patients by providing permanent makeup services, post-mastectomy products, and fashionable wigs.
The artistic technicians at Shepherd Day Spa decorate digits with unique designs and radiant finishes. Wielding polishes from deluxe brands such as Zoya and CND, they groom nails and paint them with individual decorations such as animal prints, psychedelic checkers, and 3-D glitter. They also specialize in services such as facials, waxing, and massages, and many nail treatments come with additional treatments such as sugar scrubs or facial masks.