The stylists at the locally owned SH Salons cut, style, and revitalize coiffures using high-end haircare products from brands such as Shiva, Silkology, and Clio. They also straighten locks by applying keratin treatments and relaxers, forgoing the now-defunct practice of hammering them over an anvil. Dedicated to bringing out clients’ beauty from head to toe, the experienced staff can also apply makeup or polish nails with dazzling hues.
The cosmetologists at Pro Clips Hair & Beauty Salon refresh noodle-rinds by subjecting dermal debris to a one-hour litany of treatments. During the deep-cleaning facial, technicians scrub façades free of dullness and dead skin cells before a gentle round of extractions expunges pores of burnt-out light bulbs. The facial's namesake treatment then swoops in to thoroughly cleanse the complexion and help prevent future breakouts. Next, visages find nourishment under a specially blended mask, and a hand, scalp, and shoulder massage obliterates below-the-surface tension. Those opting for the herbal facial receive all of the deep-cleaning facial's services in addition to herbal elements that work to clear blemishes and add flavor to face-top hibachi grills.
Every time Linda Dang performs a facial, she tweaks her method slightly to account for the differences in individual skin types. A licensed medical aesthetician with more than 14 years expertise in anti-aging skincare, she offers more than a dozen facial treatments, including microdermabrasion, LED light therapy, dermaculture Iontophoresis, and chemical peels. The variety of treatments ensures that she can offer her clients options for all skin types when they want to combat acne, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, or overexposure to the sun. She also offers other cosmetic services, including permanent-makeup applications, micropigmentation, eyebrow tinting, and mole removal. Semipermanent eyelash extensions elongate natural lashes to eliminate the need for mascara and eyelash curlers, and can last indefinitely with proper home care and regular touch-ups.
At LongTimeLiner & Lash Studio, a team of beauty experts goes to work touching up faces and bodies using seven different types of facials, as well as airbrush tanning, waxing, and semipermanent makeup. The spa's menu also encompasses powerful microdermabrasion treatments and chemical peels, which go even deeper to root out wrinkles, fine lines, and shrubbery growing in crevices under the cheekbones.
At Fifth Ave Day Spa and Retreat, a menu of hairstyling and spa services offers enough beautifying treatments to last several pamper-filled days. Massages welcome bodies to relax in the soothing strokes of traditional deep-tissue or hot-stone techniques in spacious rooms that may accommodate couples, friends, or teams of tense trapeze artists. VIP spa packages span hours, pampering guests with massages, body treatments, and stints in saunas and steam rooms, and mani-pedis swathe hands and feet in appendage-appropriate extras such as paraffin wax or sea salt. Dermologica facials are highly customized to treat skin conditions ranging from acne to fine lines, and facials engineered specifically for men protect dapper looks with an age-defense treatment made from the concentrated whining of 8-year-olds. Fifth Ave Day Spa and Retreat also hosts spa parties, where up to eight guests enjoy Dermologica facials, massages, and mani-pedis along with relaxing libations and hors d'oeuvres.
The Medispa Institute is led by not one, but two professionals who are experts in their fields: medical director Dr. Ban A. Vu and aesthetic director Bich Ngoc Nguyen. Dr. Vu has been practicing cosmetic surgery in the Houston area for more than 20 years and specializes in procedures for the Asian face and body.
The duo helms a team rounded out by highly trained laser technicians who are all members of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, including Certified Medical Laser Safety Operator Mai Pham. Pham and her fellow staffers are particularly skilled in the treatment of Asian and ethnic skin and offer services ranging from permanent makeup and facials to blue-light therapy. They can address virtually any skin issue with laser technology, including unwanted hair, veins, or age spots—all within a clean, white-on-white facility.