More than 12 years ago, Jennifer Gladden opted out of a full ride to college in order to pursue her true passion: beauty. Since then she's found her dream fulfilled, racking up an impressive client list and portfolio at her namesake salon. Though Jennifer executes salon services ranging from waxing to texturing hair to resemble favorite pastas, she specializes in coloring and highlighting drab 'dos with products from Koleston Perfect and Redken. Her cuts accommodate face and body shape, skin type, hair texture, and lifestyle so that clients can easily replicate salon styling at home. Jennifer also touts certification from Dinair Airbrush and MAC Pro, adding makeup accents to faces in advance of weddings, photo shoots, and special occasions.
Vali, the aesthetician at Vali Skin Care European Organic, was an anatomy and biology educator in Budapest prior to immersing herself in skincare and opening her own spa. But she hasn’t left her medical sensibilities behind, or the fruits of her native country. Using European Organic products that hail from Hungary, and putting to use her complex knowledge of the human body, Vali commits to brightening complexions with nourishing skincare regimens and organic products.
For starters, Vali offers customized facials—extensive treatments that include an analysis, deep cleansing, steaming, and masks—that help skin achieve a radiant glow. And Vali Skin Care European Organic now employs a licensed massage therapist, who relieves tight muscles and replenishes spirits broken by unsolvable riddles.
Believing that beautiful hair can change a person's whole look, stylist Paola Franco performs an array of fashion-forward cuts and rich color services. At A'Foils Design—nested within Sammy's Salon & Spa—she specializes in foiling highlights and lowlights with wax papers, with which she can bring out subtle color in hair that flatters faces and is easier to find when lost in a haystack. Alongside expert salon styling, she provides facial waxing, special occasion up-dos, and Keratin Complex treatments, which gloss frizzy hair into sleek, silky submission. With a huge percentage of Paola's business coming from repeat clients and referrals, this popular hair spot is always bustling, yet Paola is never too busy to take the time to find out exactly what her clients want.
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.
Sunny beams pour into Wicked Skin Care, reflecting off the gleaming floors and illuminating the decorative plants and tranquil earth-toned walls. Storm McAdams and her allegiance of Wicked Skin Care warriors pamper guests with an array of glotherapeutics facials and chemical treatments to hydrate faces while evicting blemishes, fine lines, and leftover face paint from second grade. Within a private treatment room adorned with homey wall decals and décor, staffers whisks away unwanted body fuzz from eyebrows to ankles.
Medical aesthetician Maria Guadalupe Tello and her team at Day Dream Spa and Salon pamper epidermises with organic spa services ranging from facials and chemical peels to soothing massages. Also at the spa and salon, Patricia Yenera tackles the next phase of beauty by adorning visages with makeup and embellishing coiffures with hair extensions or cuts representing their favorite college lacrosse teams.