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 of 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."
Interested? Book an appointment at The Upper Hand, which has three Houston locations, including Hyde Park, River Oak, and Royal Oak. Not fully convinced? Perhaps the fact that The Upper Hand has been named one of Elle Magazine’s Top 100 Salons five times will do the trick.
Therapy Hair Studio
"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 services 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 gentlemen's facial so the men 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' superb color-painting abilities. Plus, you can never go wrong with a salon that requires its stylists to attend over a dozen local hair classes and at least one academy class each year.
Milk + 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, and keep an eye out for the opening of their Los Angeles salon.
Azur West Salon
"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.
Daydreaming about the possibility of enjoying that seriously serene beauty treatment? Call Azur West to make an appointment.
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