Set up in Heart & Soul Wellness Studio, Natural Beauty's Sam Ulep strives to help her clients feel "beautiful no matter what." Open compacts of MAC and Urban Decay cosmetics fan out before her as she dips a contouring brush into a palate of 28 flesh-toned eye shadows and chooses one to accent her client's brow bone. Her nimble fingers paint eyelids in iridescent, sherbet-colored gradients so smooth they seem airbrushed on, but she can also blend refined looks subtle enough for day. That dexterity extends to the painstaking process of eyelash extensions, which she affixes one by one to give brides a more glamorous gaze, and also to facials, which she employs to clear complexions of imperfections and hardened cement.
At the Hungry Hair Salon, Tammie Riley and her team of stylists keep manes healthy and shiny with precision cuts and advanced coloring techniques. Originally opened in 1990 as a standalone salon, the business eventually grew to include a soothing spa space beneath it. Inside the spa's private treatment rooms, aestheticians restore waning visages with specialized services such as SkinCeuticals peels and anti-aging facials infused with hyaluronic acid and Omega ingredients. Injection specialists also plumps up visages with dermal fillers or introduce B-12 solution to clients, leaving them with more energy than a first grader who finally got the pony made of sugar she always wanted.
Signature Service: Cosmetology, hair styling
Brands Used: Paul Mitchell, Goldwell, Matrix
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Fashionable hairstyles are constantly changing. How do you keep up-to-date on popular trends?
I take fashion classes [to keep up with] new and old styles.
What other services do you offer besides haircuts?
Hair color, highlights, streaks, and styling.
Reflections owner Afrouz has been practicing the Middle Eastern hair removal technique known as threading since she was a little girl in Iran. During threading sessions, an aesthetician uses a strand of cotton to twist and pull out individual hairs by the root. Afrouz also completed a formal two-year course on the technique and an 8-month course devoted to eyebrow arching. In addition to threading, Reflections also offers permanent make-up application.
Combining massage therapy, yoga, and nutritional counseling, Thai Yoga with Suzy aims to move its clients toward whole-body health. Thai Yoga with Suzy is based out of Perfect Balance Yoga Studio, and Suzy also makes house calls so her clients can rest after bodywork sessions.
Licensed aesthetician Nehal sets up shop inside Leythas Day Spa & Salon. There, she warms wax and uses it to remove unwanted body hair or mold souvenir figurines for her clients to take home. A sugaring mix can also evict body hair while exfoliating the skin at the same time.