The Lash Lounge's founder Anna Phillips—an advanced certified eyelash extension trainer—once traveled the nation, imparting the art of semipermanent eyelash application to scores of fellow lash artists. Now, at all of Lash Lounge's locations, Anna and her team work to ensure that every guest returns to their day-to-day activities batting fuller, darker lashes. They meticulously apply each synthetic strand to a natural lash with medical-grade glue, imbuing peepers with a customized, natural look that can last up to two months with proper care. Applying lashes of varying lengths, thicknesses, and degrees of curl, they have earned the praise of publications including Allure magazine and Women's Wear Daily.
The Lash Lounge also strives to eliminate lengthy daily makeup applications with permanent makeup services. After a complimentary consultation, Anna and her staff of licensed aestheticians and permanent-makeup artists precisely apply permanent eyeliner, lip color, or third eyebrows. For those who prefer makeup that washes off, she has concocted her own line of mineral cosmetics, brushes, and primers.
One morning as Ann Marie was curling her lashes before school, the phone rang. Instead of putting down her eyelash curler, she held it in place as she walked toward the phone, but then tripped over a book and pulled most of her lashes out. Shaken and stirred to action by the incident, she began researching remedies and discovered permanent eyelash extensions. The event inspired her to open Princess Lashes, a beauty boutique where Ann Marie not only augments clients’ lash lines but also certifies other aestheticians in the art of extensions, an art that can be applied during tax season and when trying to make one’s child eligible for the NBA.
In cosmetology school, MieleDolce founder Luis Iturralde let his fellow students wax him for a class demonstration. His allergic reaction to the chemical wax made it a demonstration of more than proper waxing technique; his brief modeling gig also showed the importance of beauty treatments that avoid irritating skin. Iturralde carried this lesson to his spa, MieleDolce, where the staff sidestep chemical waxes in favor of threading or electrolysis.
The center’s specialty, however, consists of extending hair: its semipermanent silk and mink lash extensions come in a variety of lengths and curvatures, and technicians ensure a natural look by attaching them hair by hair. Additional services range from slimming body wraps infused with aloe vera and herbs to micro skin needling, an anti-aging treatment that can combat wrinkles, scarring, and signs of playing rugby in a crawlspace.
A team of aestheticians, eyelash-extension artists, and massage therapists works to relax and beautify clients at Whole Body Studio, an oasis of pampering located in a sea-foam green, two-story house. Lash extensions, adhered precisely one at a time to natural eyelashes, are the studio's most popular service. Facials help keep skin in peak condition, and waxing services leave body parts bare for weeks. Two of the massage therapists are also doulas who focus on prenatal body treatments that relax bodies and calm minds worried about the stork being strong enough to carry the baby.
At Lashes de Bella, aesthetician and lash specialist Michelle Flores augments sparse eye lines with volumizing lash extensions that are bonded in place one lash at a time. NovaLash medical-grade adhesive grounds the extensions, which range from synthetic styles to a high-gloss faux-mink fringe whose curled design is more lightweight than an invisible man's photo album. Because ocular enhancements keep time with lashes' natural life cycle, clients often schedule touchup appointments two, three, or four weeks after initial applications to keep peepers primped. Flores also de-fuzzes pelts with face and body waxing, from meticulous brow and lip pruning to full leg deforestation and design Brazilians.
Since opening in 2007, Austin Sutra has accumulated a formidable following due to its skillfully applied semipermanent hair extensions and permanent makeup. Certified technicians enhance eyelashes and hairdos with high-quality products from NovaLash, Xtreme Lashes, Great Lengths, SHE by SO.CAP, and other leading extension companies. Staffers also use iron-oxide pigments to permanently tattoo bodies with eyeliner, eyebrow shading, pencil-thin mustaches, and other makeup essentials without damaging clients’ skin or hair. Austin Sutra’s specialty services are accompanied by a handful of additional aesthetics-altering treatments, including chemical peels, eyebrow threading, and tattoo removal.