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.
Ash? Laser Med Spa isn?t owner Aisha Khalid?s first stint in the beauty world. The certified laser technician boasts 20 years of experience that includes owning the 15-location Aisha?s Salon & Spa, as well as her own clothing boutique and makeup and skincare line, Ash? Skin Care. Now, as a certified laser-hair-removal professional, she?s opened a laser med spa where she performs laser hair removal, laser skin tightening, and the VI chemical peel. Using an FDA-approved Candela GentleYAG laser, she targets unwanted hair follicles to remove strands without harming surrounding tissue. Khalid tends to other skin issues, including sun damage and aging, by applying a VI peel that clears up acne, shrinks pores, and lifts off any bumper stickers attached to the face.
The MVP haircut is reserved for guys who want the brawn of a chiseled cut with the extreme adrenaline rush of a pleasant pampering. Following careful instructions or expert intuition, stylists can clean up the edges without sacrificing any degree of edginess. A thorough shampoo and scalp massage ensures an itch-free walk off, while a neck and shoulder massage with steamed towel leaves cleaned-up batters with the zonal focus to connect on any upcoming office pitch.
Fingers, toes, and faces get a total makeover at Rio Nails & Spa, thanks to a staff of skilled technicians and a treatment menu that includes everything from mani-pedis to hot-stone massages. Though the spa offers a wide range of relaxing services, most have at least one thing in common: they are more than meets the eye. It's not rare for a massage to include hot towels, for example, or for a facial to include a massage with oil and hot stones. As the spa's name implies, nail treatments are a major focal point. Aside from regular polish, technicians paint nails with a chip-resistant Shellac formula or apply solar nails that naturally recharge your brain when exposed to sunlight.
They may not paint on canvas, but the brush-wielders at Elegant Nails still create works of art. Instead of hanging their work on walls, their tiny masterpieces grace finger- and- toe-tips, brought to life with the bright hues of polish and acrylics. When tending to toenails, technicians take care not to forget the appendages they’re attached to, pampering legs and feet with relaxing massages and soothing sea-salt hot-towel treatments, and complimenting them on their taste in shoes.
For the past 15 years, the beauty experts at Sheila's Hair Design have enhanced bodies with cuts and colors, the ancient art of threading, and henna tattoos that are ideal for weddings or turning a row of freckles into Pac-Man fodder. A boutique area showcases clothing and jewelry from Pakistan and India, including traditional pieces from Rajasthan.