You might not be able to tell by looking at her now, but Natalie Bocard once suffered from hormonal acne and oily skin. For a lifelong fashionista, this was simply unacceptable. Natalie tirelessly researched methods to help her achieve the clear skin she dreamed about, and her eventual success inspired her to help others with similar concerns.
Today, Natalie is a licensed aesthetician and makeup artist with certifications in both microdermabrasion and airbrush makeup. At Natalie’s Notable Beauty, she helps her clients achieve healthy and youthful skin with services that include facials, body treatments, and spa parties. Her past experience has prepared her well for this current venture; aside from her aesthetic expertise, she spent 23 years as a NASA contractor, working with astronauts and researchers to treat the moon's perennially pockmarked façade.
Shear Genius Hair Salon’s owner Leila Albanna stocks only top products from the likes of Redken, Pureology, and Mizani, which are deployed during a full spectrum of haircut and coloring services. Leila and her passionate stylists effortlessly enact a coiffure to match your unique personality, face shape, or rhinestoned tiara.
Over the last 10 years, Skin Essentials Med Spa & Hair Salon owner Kelly Davis has prettified more than 2,000 faces with the SofTap permanent-makeup technique. She sidesteps the racket and pain of traditional tattoo-machine methods to gently apply the pigment with a hand tool, giving her absolute control to craft a subtle lip shape or a seductively arched brow. Guests can find similar attention to detail in the spa's repertoire of other beautifying services, from simple mani-pedis to advanced exfoliation peels that obscure signs of aging. Those looking to amp up their aesthetic moxie can enlist in a variety of services such as weight loss treatments, spray tanning, chiropractic care, and Lipo Plex. Injections of Botox or Restylane keep skin surfaces as smooth as a pancake, and full-body scrubs and masks treat the whole physique to ensure that even your Achilles' heel embodies a beauty that belies its vulnerability.
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.
At inSPAration studio at cutLoose hair salon, skilled stylists shear and style clients' hair in the shadow of the salon's mission statement, which is written across a wall of the salon to remind the aestheticians and hairstyling artists to constantly strive for aesthetic innovation and excellence. The philosophy belongs to owner Michelle Guzman, a stylist with 20 years of experience whose commitment to her ideals is evident in every inch of the salon, from the eye-catching brick-and-mortar shelves that house products from Biodroga, Glo Therapeutic, and Bumble and bumble, to the polished, jet-black washing stations beneath. The staff reinforces its commitment to high-quality styling, coloring, waxing, and facials by pursuing ongoing education, staying apace of the industry and checking for updates on scissors’ mandatory retirement age.