During Hilda Dickerson's 11-year stint working at her friend's salon, she dreamt of owning her own place. Now that dream is a reality. In the comfort of New Beginnings the Salon, Hilda and her personal team of skilled stylists transform tresses with products by Redken, Biolage, and Matrix. But hair services are just the beginning. Clients can stretch out their arms for long-lasting OPI gel manicures or big, long hugs, or they can say goodbye to built-up grime with restorative facials. Aestheticians further ensure smooth skin by removing unwanted facial fuzz with a specialty wax.
Mirages are famed tricksters of the desert, illusions generated by heat waves and tired minds that reportedly depict comfort, safety, and luxury. Rowlett's Mirage Tanning Spa also summons such visions, though its many amenities are quite solid. The spa's staff foregoes the basic 20-minute tanning beds in favor of more opulent models, such as the standup booths or VIP and Platinum beds. The staff uses its bottled light in other ways as well—whitening teeth and smoothing skin to name a few. Staffers can also cut out the need for UV radiation altogether with Mystic spray-tan booths, darkening skin with a concoction of melanin-encouraging components. Mirage even offers automated massages, relaxing muscles with HydroMassage beds that use pressurized water to emulate the feeling of futuristic massage robots at work.
Under the careful supervision of Dr. Quan Nguyen, BioDerm Skin Care and Laser Center's licensed medical professionals perform a slew of noninvasive cosmetic services. Using IPL laser energy, they eliminate patient's unwanted hair, spider veins, and tattoos, or help them diminish the urge to smoke by directing laser beams at trigger areas, such as ears, faces, hands, or kitten tattoos. Though specializing in laser therapy, they extend their aesthetic reach into the anti-aging cookie jar, performing microdermabrasions and Botox and Restylane injections, along with proffering an array of skincare products, including BioDerm and Obagi.
Primarily a specialty salon and spa for young girls, Sweet & Sassy offers girl-size treatments in a fun, vibrant setting. The Glittery Glam Express package (good for one girl) delivers a party updo, fingernail polish, and makeup application in the span of 15–20 minutes. Little dames get an uplifting updo, chosen from four options, that further enhances follicles. Children can accentuate their mother's eyes and their father's fingers with makeup and nail polish available in a variety of colors and designs. Once the makeover is complete, girls can strut the catwalk, capture their new look with a picture, and draw each other using charcoal briquettes for pens and sheets of plywood for paper.
When you sit down in Skyler Bailey's salon chair, you're not just basking in the skills of a hairdresser. You're also experiencing the training of a fashion-model stylist and pageant coach, whose knowledge of hair and makeup is worthy of runways and centerfolds alike. At her private studio within The Salons at Bella Suites, she elevates each of her face-flattering haircuts and color services with meticulous styling, a skill she mastered in a former job at a blow-dry bar. "Styling hair is the best part of the service," she explains. "You may get a great haircut or color but if it isn't styled correctly, the hair doesn't look the best."
She also performs facial waxing and professional makeup applications, bringing out her clients' natural beauty with occasion-appropriate cosmetics for a wedding day, prom night, or Smurf reunion. But above all, she makes sure that every appointment is a relaxing one. "Clients go to salons to pamper themselves and have 'me' time," she says. "It should be all about them because life is hectic; there are limited times that we really can have everything about us."
Nusrat, the cosmetologist and owner of Ashi Beauty Corner, specializes in correcting botched waxing jobs. "A vast majority of my clients have come to me due to having been previously 'brow-butchered,'" she said. As a remedy, she practices threading—an ancient hair-removal method that requires a thin string and nimble fingers.
Prior to each treatment, Nusrat loops a sterile thread around both her hands and tugs the loose end with her teeth. As she rolls the thread across the skin's surface, she traps unwanted hair and extracts it at the follicle level. Because threading avoids the use of topical agents, it's traditionally indicated for people with allergies or sensitive skin. Compared to waxing, it's often regarded as more precise—the technician can target one individual hair or an entire row of unruly threads.
Nusrat performs these treatments in private quarters. "The ambiance makes clients feel surrounded in comfort and enveloped by personal, attentive service," she said. Her personal studio resides within The Salons at Bella Suites, which lives inside Firewheel Town Center, which is nested within the belly of a matryoshka doll.
Executive Smiles' cosmetic technicians grant their clients a full-body glow with teeth whitening, spray tans, and glitter spray within their nook at the Firewheel Salon. Executive Smiles employs two different whitening products, using the one best-suited to remove a client's stains, or both if that will produce the best results. For a boost to the rest of the body, their FDA-approved, DHA-based spray tans last 5–10 days when combined with exfoliation and moisturizing lotion treatments. Glitter sprays can also be added to tanning sessions to leave a glimmer with super-fine mica.