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.
At Elizabeth Esthetics and Massage, cosmeceuticals by Rhonda Allison line the shelves, and issues of Vogue and Architectural Digest are splayed across tables. These artifacts point to the fact that owner Elizabeth Sampson applies a scientific yet creative mindset when embarking on skincare treatments and massages.
Before each service, Elizabeth draws up a treatment plan that targets specific needs, from wrinkle reduction to tension relief. Then she delivers results. During the pumpkin refresher facial, she brightens skin by infusing it with antioxidants; during the deep-tissue massage, she works out concentrated tension with her elbows and thumbs. Elizabeth sees to it that every client feels comfortable during treatments. To this end, she offers complimentary beverages and answers frequently asked questions on topics such as how to pick the right massage modality and whether it's OK to drool on the face pillow.
Jessica Santos tends to heads of hair at Salon Love, where the stylist deftly creates new hairdos. Using all-natural products from brands such as Aveda, she cuts and styles hair, offering extras such as deep-conditioning treatments. She also breathes new hues into 'dos with single-process color treatments, partial highlights, and full highlights.
Since opening its first eyebrow-centered salon within a Walmart in Indianapolis, Seva has expanded its locations and services. The eyebrow specialists remain true to their roots by creating flattering arches with threading and waxing techniques. Additionally, they tackle signs of aging and acne with skin-specific facials.
The trained staff members at Always Radiant Tanning wield airbrushes to spray tan their clients and add moisturizers and tan extenders. In addition to in-store airbrushing, they also specialize in mobile tanning services for weddings or special events.
At LASH Eyelash Studio, beauty professionals individually bond synthetic lashes to natural ones, enhancing eyes with a glamorous new look. Stylists gather around the lash bar, where they customize lash applications with two degrees of curl, three different thicknesses, and seven lash lengths. It all takes place in a stylish salon featuring a glossy, black-and-white checkered floor and a fire-engine-red velvet couch.