Though high-tech hair removal relies on relatively new technologies, owner Nedra Lockhart has been zapping follicles for more than 40 years—she began in 1970, working at the side of her mother, for whom the clinic is named. Though electrolysis is still on the menu, the entire staff boasts national board certification in laser hair removal through The Society for Clinical and Medical Hair Removal, Inc. This range of treatment options is essential, as specialists must select the right tool for the job: though considered less painful, lasers target melanin and may not be ideal for those with lighter-colored strands, who may be better served by electrolysis or Photoshop. Besides permanent hair removal, the clinic is home to Scandinavian skincare services by stateside transplant Catharina and mani-pedis by aesthetician Lisa Schuenemann.
Using state-of-the-art pore-purging technology, the team at American Laser Centers rejuvenates debilitated dermis, bestowing even the most Skeletor-like complexions with the eternally youthful radiance of Liberace. Sit back and relax as one of the center's gentle skin sorceresses goes to work on your tired visage using ultra-sonic sound-wave technology. The safe, noninvasive vibrating blade quickly and efficiently removes the top layer of skin, blowing the pores clean and leaving clients with a softer, smoother, less Gollumy frontispiece. Ultra-sonic technology can also be an effective means of treating acne, blackheads, and other husk hindrances, and the face-freshening treatment can be administered in as little as 15 minutes.
Though the artisans at Highbrow Eyebrow & Facial Spa specialize in the ancient Eastern arts of threading and henna, the salon features a full range of modern spa services to tend to clients’ every aesthetic need. Technicians efficiently remove hair from both faces and bodies using a choice of warm wax or deftly looped cotton thread, depending on the desired precision and whether the area also needs to be hemmed. Intricate henna applications help patrons show off their newly smooth skin, while refining facials and enzyme peels restore youthful élan to mugs suffering from dullness or uneven texture.
Who's the Michelle behind Michelle's Esthetics? There are a few ways to answer that question. She's an aesthetician with a decade of experience. She's an expert in services that range from waxing to eyelash extensions to spray tanning. And she's someone who can think on her feet, or hands if she happens to be mid-cartwheel. For proof, just look to her one-hour custom facial, which comes with a custom lineup of extractions, cleansers, exfoliants, and other skincare products depending on the client's specific needs?though everyone should find relaxation in included shoulder, scalp, and facial massage.
With more than 25 years of styling experience, Ms. Shalini—a certified cosmetologist and skincare specialist who has studied beauty in the United States and India—envisioned a tranquil beauty oasis when she founded Instyle Beauty Salon. Today, along with Ms. Tamina, a certified cosmetologist, hairstyling specialist, and a graduate of New York’s Aveda Institute, Ms. Shalini pampers customers with spa and beauty services in a hair salon and three private treatment rooms.
In the Buddha room, tranquil statues oversee massages and facials under the soft light of candles and paper lamps. In the Village room, hanging lanterns illuminate rustic art as customers recline for facial treatments. Waxing and cleaning treatments populate the Garden room, which cheers clients with fresh flowers that commiserate amicably with freshly plucked hairs.
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.