Just like hairstyles, names can change. In late 1999, the Gonzalez siblings opened a salon called Dolce Divino. More than a decade and many advanced training sessions with experts later, the salon has been rechristened. Atelier Salon specializes in french haircutting and balayage highlights, and its work has been featured in Vogue, Elle, W, and Allure. Its stylists undergo weekly advanced training sessions to make sure they stay on the cutting edge of style techniques and haircut-related puns.
Belle Waxing and Skincare founder Elizabeth Winston-Williams believes that what’s good for the environment is also good for the skin; namely, products that eschew harsh additives, synthetic fragrance, and paraben preservatives. She uses high-quality Berodin French depilatory wax when evicting fuzz from male and females clients, ensuring a clean environment with sanitized tables and linens, as well as a prohibition on double dipping sticks. To enhance natural beauty, her staff foregoes heavy foundations or bulky wax lips for Jane Iredale mineral makeup and round out their services with custom facial treatments and lash tinting. Elizabeth's licensed nutritionist, Tabitha Eavenson, studied at both Aveda School of Austin and Texas State University. She works with clients one-on-one to help them eat better, lose weight, and achieve glowing complexions.
Salon Chic Downtown’s owner, Rose Zagra, draws on 20 years of beauty-industry experience and nine years as a Creative Nail Design master technician to orchestrate a symphony of luxurious beauty treatments. To guarantee personalized service, each treatment, like all good superhero-sidekick relationships, kicks off with a one-on-one question-and-answer session. Salon Chic's nail technicians have all spent at least five years beautifying extremities, and can beautify nails with traditional polish, long-lasting CND Shellac, or artificial tips that lengthen fingers without having to spike the hand cream with fertilizer. The salon’s hair services include texture-altering treatments that range from perms to Brazilian blowouts, and its facials and chemical peels employ products from Bioelements and SkinMedica to rejuvenate skin.
From behind her styling chair at Designer Glitz and Glamour, Lisa Ross cares for natural and chemically treated hair. With the aid of products by Matrix, Silkology, and Clio, she snips strands, colors hair in vivid hues, and styles tresses into elegant updos.
Gloria Bowen was a nurse for more than 20 years before she decided to repurpose her passion for helping others by applying it to the realm of beauty. As owner of Body Beautiful Spa, she aims to increase clients’ confidence from the outside in. She and her team wield cutting-edge technologies for services such as teeth whitening, red-light therapy, and nonsurgical face-lifts, as well as promote pulchritude with traditional spa services, including massages and facials just for the earlobes.
Licensed stylist Theresa Casanares believes that a freshly styled 'do can transform the way a person feels about herself. Located inside Sola Salon Studios in Katy, her newly opened salon, Salon Centre, is a warm and welcoming beauty spot for clients ready for a new look. Specializing in rich color and on-trend haircuts, Theresa and her staff of stylists pay close attention to each person in their styling chairs. They make sure colors suit skin tones and clients can maintain their new looks at home. Clients pop in for a hair-sleeking Brazilian blowout, or professional makeup applications in advance of a big night out. Refusing to subscribe to just one product line, the stylists at Salon Centre use their favorite products from Aloxxi, Surface, and Mizani lines to bring out the best in their clients' hair.
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