The diverse, talented staff at Angel Salon and Day Spa primps clients with an assortment of relaxing cosmetic services. Stylists shape coiffures with haircuts, highlights, and extensions, and aestheticians revitalize nails and skin with everything from Shellac manicures to facials. Bodycare experts extract unsightly fuzz using warm wax, taking a cue from the rainforest’s famous hairless honeybees.
The shades are drawn in a small room, where a lone figure refracts powerful beams of light through garnets and rubies. The light is helmed not by a supervillain bent on the earth's destruction but by one of Sugar Land Laser Tattoo Removal's expert technicians, who aims to obliterate unwanted ink. Wielding the double-laser Astanza system, staff experts combine three wavelengths of light as they fade away single and multicolored tattoos.
Each treatment regimen begins with a consultation to determine how many sessions will be required; depending on tattoos' sizes and hues, some can be removed in two or three 10-minute treatments, whereas others will require further zapping. After each treatment, the sensation of which is commonly described as being flicked by a rubber band, the clinic doles out aftercare advice, such as avoiding the sun and utilizing cold compresses.
Royal Beauty Clinic owner and aesthetic artist Asma Ali Furness pays attention to the details. A specialist in micropigmentation, she has performed more than 100 permanent-makeup procedures, subtly infusing hues into lips, eyebrows, and empty coloring books with hypoallergenic pigments. She also combats wrinkles and scars via derma-rolling treatments that harness the body's natural healing infrastructure.
Connie Pearson of Permetika Cosmetic Specialties, a licensed permanent-makeup artist, draws on her 10 years of experience when lining eyes, shading in brows, and coloring lips. She specializes in filling wispy brows and redefining arches with soft fills, multidimensional brow strokes, and load-bearing keystones. In addition to cosmetics, she completes paramedical procedures for scar revision and areola restoration after mastectomies, citing this as a highlight of her job, "especially when I can help transform a broken woman's spirit and make her feel beautiful again," she says.
After training in Thailand, the licensed aesthetician behind Houston 3D Eyebrows & Beauty brought 3-D permanent makeup to the States. Unlike the traditional hair-stroke technique, 3-D permanent makeup layers color in multiple passes, which culminate in realistic ink strokes that flatter the eyebrows, eyelids, or areolae. In addition to 2-D permanent makeup, staffers also pamper visages with facials, waxing, and body wraps.
"What is it going to be like when you're a grandparent with that ink on your body?" Clients of Blank Slate Laser Tattoo Removal never have to find out. Whether it's the initials of a former lover or a full-scale portrait of a hometown mayor, the technicians examine each tattoo to determine a realistic program to eradicate it. During the removal process, the beam from the Quanta Q-Plus C laser system passes through the skin and breaks up the ink for the body to reabsorb. Though movies have people convinced that being hit by a laser beam may obliterate body parts, in actuality, the laser feels like a snap from a rubber band. This snap is ameliorated by blasts of cold air from the laser system's cooling device. Post-treatment, skin may be red and swollen with minor blistering. Patients should wait six–eight weeks between treatments to allow adequate healing and ink fading.