A Houston Beauty Blogger Shares Her Favorite Local Hair Salons
They say "everything is bigger in Texas"—food, land, personalities. Texan beauty isn't exempt from this mentality either, (you may have heard of an adjacent saying, "the higher the hair, the closer to God.") Big, tall, Almighty-scraping hair has long been the southern way (or at least when Dallas was still airing new episodes.) But while teased and curled hair may still permeate the southern state (no judgment), the Lonestar beauty scene has made leaps and bounds in recent years—into a more refined, modern mecca of trendy salons and spas you'll be fixin' to visit (excuse the borrowed slang).
We wanted to know more about Texas's chic hair spots, so we tapped blogger Flaunt and Center (better known as Tiffany Jais) for her top picks in her hometown, Houston. Below, learn about some of the top H-town destinations to update your coif.
The Upper Hand Salon
"Finding a hairstylist can be a tough gig, but not at this place," says Jais. "All of the stylists are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The inside is very industrial, chic, and inviting. They offer a number of services including eyebrow threading, eyelash extensions, and thermal hair straightening."
"Nationally recognized in Vogue and Allure for precision cuts and color, this salon definitely takes the cake in luxury meets haircare," gushes Jais. Co-owners David Bamford and Luis Perez, the former of which has worked side-by-side with Kevin Murphy and on clients like the late Farrah Fawcett and Oscar de la Renta, sought to create an upscale space which has been recognized as one of the top 100 salons in America by L'Oréal Professional.
"Impossibly cool and French-inspired, this salon even has a red carpet to make you feel like royalty," says Jais. "Luisant" translates to "shimmering," which the salon sees through the lens of skin and hair, as well as the mind, body, and soul. Along with top-notch coloring service and cuts, you can get prestige skincare treatments like a stem cell facial or a series of Tata Harper and Caudalie facials. There's even a gentleman's facial so the man in your life can tag along too.
This trendy midtown salon calls themselves the "Best Balayage," which is met with rave reviews on Yelp and several satisfied customer pictures to prove the stylists's superb color-painting abilities.
Azur West Salon
"One of three locations including Beverly Hills and New York, this salon is best known for chemical-free hair color services. They also offer private rooms for their luxurious Shu Uemura hair and scalp treatment ceremonies," says Jais, referring to the Shiatsu-based massage with pressure points on the scalp, neck, shoulders, arms and hands while natural ingredients are applied to the scalp for the ultimate indulgent ritual.
Milk and Honey
Much more than just a hair salon, Milk and Honey is a wellness retreat. Jais especially loves that the salon is organic, a theme punctuated by the "healthy refreshments" served while you wait and natural products used during each treatment. Visit its sister location in Austin to double-up on the natural-meets-luxury experience.
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