Dr. Mary Katherine Henson earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the Texas Woman's University. After working in a variety of hospitals and after completing medical school, she now works as the head of Elite Medical Skin & Laser Center, where she supervises a team of highly trained technicians as they wield microcrystals, lasers, and gentle chemical solutions in the quest to boost beauty. The center partners with glo therapeutics, whose pharmaceutical-grade products power services that can be adapted to treat such common skin problems as lack of hydration and excess coal-mine soot. These kisser polishings take place in sunny yellow treatment rooms, where technicians also target fat cells with the vacuum-assisted radiofrequency of Elite body contouring and attack pesky hair follicles and spider veins with blasts from a laser.
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.
From within her private studio at Tuscany Salons & Spa, Perfect Derma's owner and licensed aesthetician, Ghada Salem, keeps tabs on her clients. Compiling a detailed record of the skincare products each guest uses allows her to personalize treatments, which range from photofacials and microdermabrasion to permanent makeup and lash extensions.
Selena, the owner of Desert Rose Beauty Salon, sees beauty from a variety of perspectives. Her multicultural salon draws inspiration from a grab bag of traditions to create a space where perms and updos feel at home with intricate henna tattoos and eyebrow threading. She's also adept at more standard fare. Facials imbue the skin with herbal scents or that brighten and even tone. Nearer the extremities, she beautifies hands with manicures, pedicures, and paraffin wax dips—a treatment that earned her a life-time ban from Madame Toussaude's dinner parties.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Eyebrow threading and facials