Kelly Thompson knows a thing or two about handling stress. For five years she served as a police/fire/911 dispatch operator, an occupation that demanded Kelly keep a calm, relaxed head while she coached people in crisis through harrowing situations with gentle reassurance and ample empathy. Once Kelly had a taste for bringing calm to stressed-out, overtaxed people, she sought a way to apply her talent elsewhere. Kelly shifted her focus to the hands-on massage field, earned her license, and opened up Kneading Massage Today’s relaxing oasis. Her previous experience in throwing people emotional life rafts informs her current practice, as Kelly both receives clients at her spa location and totes her massage chair to offices to ease the collective shoulders of employees and the sore necks of their desktop bobble-heads. As she saturates muscles with Swedish and deep-tissue massages, her clients get a blissful reprieve from muscle tension and mental stress. Treatments include doubly soothing accouterments including hot stones and aromatherapy.
Wendy Campbell has been at the helm of Hair Visions since 1985. The 35-year hair styling veteran tried to retire in 2002, but was so in love with her craft that she continued to attend shows, seminars, and educational classes and to do hair for those who couldn't make it into the salon. By 2011, she was back to the business full-time and so was Hair Visions, this time with a new location on the second floor of Tuscany Salons & Spa. There, Wendy continues to do what she does best––cut and color hair for clients both loyal and new. This time around, she pulls from a product collection that includes names such as MOROCCANOIL, ColorProof, and Aquage as she makes grey roots disappear, enhances shine and dimension with partial or full-foil highlights, and restores dry strands with hydrating hair masks. To help lift limp, lifeless strands, Wendy can also employ perms to pump up hair into a cascade of bouncy waves.
You don't need to read their bios to realize that the stylists at S.A.F.E. Salon were once beauty-industry educators. All you need to do is sit in one of their chairs for any service, whether it's a cut, color, or a keratin smoothing treatment, and listen as they regale you with tips and tricks for post-salon care. With 39 years of collective styling experience, Josh Elkins, Brandy Deason, and Shaila Rosa have a well-honed eye for fashion, and they whip up glamorous hairdos infused with color and texture. In addition to a stylish new look, the emphasis on education means that clients also leave with expert advice on at-home maintenance and how to keep from fraternizing with shower drains.
Holistic Touch's five massage therapists are all well-versed in Swedish and deep-tissue modalities, but they also each have their own specialties. Veronica, for example, mixes into her sessions such methods as meditation and the eastern healing practice known as reiki, and Cherricka even practices techniques designed specifically for treating carpal-tunnel syndrome. The therapists can also further customize massage sessions with add-ons including hot towels, essential oils, and hand or foot wraps. Because massage works best as part of a broader wellness regimen, Holistic Touch also rejuvenates clients with everything from salt-scrub treatments to holistic boot camps led by a talking tree.
Bodies who enter Soothe Therapeutic Massage find themselves in the capable hands of licensed therapist Kiri Dyken, who has made it her life's mission to help relieve pain brought on by injury and everyday stress. Her extensive education led her from East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon, all the way to Thailand, where she learned the art of Thai yoga massage directly from its masters. Today, she continues to practice Thai massage alongside her other specialties, including goal-oriented deep-tissue work and traditional Swedish massage, complementing each service with soft music that quietly lulls stress into a false sense of security.
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.