Best of the Bayou City: Beauty
Best Men's Haircut
The barbershop is a gentleman’s destination once more at this local spot, where staffers are ever-so-gentle with their straight razors, silky soap and buzzy clippers, spiffing up patrons who sit back in soft swivel chairs and quaff complimentary glasses of 8th Wonder brew.
Multiple locations, cutthroatbarbers.com
Best Spa Treatment
Spa Partisan at Milk & Honey
This purifying, 100-minute ritual begins with the removal of dead skin via cactus-bristle full-body brushing (which feels way better than it sounds), followed by an aromatic scrub, steam treatment and massage, for a total package that’ll have you melting out the door.
2800 Kirby Dr., Ste. A134, milkandhoneyspa.com
Best Nail Salon
If you’re looking for a classic manicure, this Montrose salon will happily assist, but its talented artists specialize in statement nails, creating work-of-art accents, two-tone manis and anything
else you can imagine (or find on Instagram).
1403 Westheimer Rd., drippednails.com
Best Eyelash Extensions
Wink Lash Bar
This chic Spring Branch studio specializes in mink and silk eyelash-extension sets, allowing customers to tailor length, color and curl to their liking. Whether you’re searching for two-toned Katy Perry–style tints or classic, old Hollywood length, this is your go-to.
7925 Katy Fwy., winklashbar.com
Best Colorist Worth the Six-Week Wait
Chelsea Haley at Studio Eclipse
While her own hair is pure white—for the moment, at least—Haley has vaulted into Houston’s high-demand hair royalty for her facility with bright, dynamic color. See her custom creations for yourself on her Instagram account, which, with nearly 11,000 followers, explains the six-week wait.
5836 N. Main St., studioeclipsehtx.com
Roots The Salon
These days, blowout bars all seem to offer the same one-size-fits-all look. But not this one, whose stylists will sculpt your coif into your own, personalized mix of volume, curl and sleekness, for a result that’s anything but cookie-cutter Kardashian.
1407 Richmond Ave., rootsmontrose.com
Best Kids’ Haircut
Sweet & Sassy
Glitter spray, gourmet lollipops, a fashion runway? Can we get our hair cut here, too? Boys, girls, tots and tweens descend here for parties, pampering, and playful haircuts, braids and up-dos. Parental pushovers, beware: The salon also sells fairy wands, stuffed animals and plush tutus.
Multiple locations, sweetandsassy.com