Patricia Hunt, Owner/Medical Esthetician
I have been in this industry since 1976 and In Houston since 1984. For years my Clientele consisted of Houston’s elite… and many celebrities over the years! For the last 30 years I have built a very loyal clientele here in Houston. Yearly I take at least 100 hours a year of continuing education, making me a very knowledgeable medical esthetician! I perform many peels of different depths to the skin every month, and retail various products at very affordable prices.
Dusty McKenna / Makeup Artist
When it comes to a passion and talent for beauty, some are lucky enough to be born with it and others spend their entire lives learning the techniques and honing their craft. Dusty McKenna happens to be both. Born and raised in her mother’s Texas salon, Beauty Essentials Salon Medspa, Dusty spent her entire childhood practicing makeup on herself and her friends while gaining invaluable skin and beauty education from watching her mother, Patricia Hunt, perfect the highest quality salon and spa treatments. While most children spend weekends and summer vacations at the pool or the beach, Dusty and her mother traveled to world esthetic shows and beauty conventions to learn the latest techniques and gain exclusive access to brand new products.
To this day, Dusty continues her education to ensure her clients get top of the line service. As a certified airbrush makeup artist, Dusty has been professionally trained by Professional Airbrush Makeup Artist Brian Sutherby, Melanie Mills (owner of Gleam), Instagram Makeup Star @BrittanyBear and Kim Kardashian’s Makeup Artist @StyledbyHrush.
When you book a session with Dusty McKenna, you can be sure that you’re getting the latest techniques using the most well renowned products in the beauty industry. As well as second to none service from someone who knows just how important looking great for your wedding, special event or date can be.
Audra Tackitt / Massage Therapist
Why I became a Massage Therapist… I have a completely natural attraction to the art of massage. From the time I was a small child I have been massaging. It started with my dad, who suffered with diabetes.
I was always massaging his feet and legs. It continued with my children when they were babies. My grandmother chose me as her primary caregiver in her last 9 months of life, when there were no words to comfort her I could always massage her feet and hands. Over the years I have continued to massage friends and family. I have a servant’s heart, and was born to be a nurturer.
It took being laid off from the Oil and Gas Industry 3 times in 5 years to decide that it was time for a change. I was in the middle of giving my best friend a massage when he said “since you like to massage so much you should become a massage therapist” That seed took root and grew, he is the one that inspired me to begin the journey that has led me to you.
I believe in doing things you really believe in. It is my passion to massage and I let love infuse my bodywork with as much integrity as possible. When I do bodywork it is a form of meditation. The strokes just flow from the source. My hands never stop or hesitate not knowing what to do next. It’s magical. When someone trusts their body into my hands, I feel honored and privileged.
The hands-on, non-surgical methods I was trained in at Avalon School of Massage help alleviate such conditions as thoracic outlet syndrome; scoliosis; frozen shoulder; lateral or medial epicondylitis; lymphedema; femoral compression causing short leg; elevated, protracted, upwardly rotated scapulas … and many more conditions…
I have a desire to please and give. There is immediate satisfaction when the client arises from the table and gives you a spontaneous hug or with sparkling eyes tells you, “That was fantastic … the best massage I’ve ever had.” I became a bodyworker because I completely believe in the work and its ability to heal, which the body does by itself. I see myself only as a catalyst, nothing more, but needed.
Kayla Shannon / Stylist
My interest in the Beauty Industry began at a very early age. As a child, I was always excited to overhear my parents schedule hair appointments, and begged to tag along with them. Entering a salon was an adventure. I loved everything from the smell of the products to the sound of the running blow dryers. I thought of these trips as a learning opportunity, and took mental notes while closely listening and watching all the action take place around us. I would offer my assistance to the stylist, and jump at any opportunity to help with even the simplest task, like sweeping the hair at the end of the service. Unfortunately for my dolls and our dog back at home, these trips always meant it was time for an experiment or two. I would gather all that fresh knowledge from the salon visits, grab some house-hold scissors, and put my newly learned skills to use on their hair…and occasionally on my own.
No parent or pets were surprised, but all were thankful when I made the decision to trade my self-taught skills for an education, and enrolled as a student at the Aveda Institute of Houston in 2011.
That young curiosity and interest has blossomed into a passion and love for my career. I am still just as eager and excited to learn, and take every opportunity to attend classes to stay current on today’s trends, as well was broaden my skill set. My years of experience as a cosmetologist have taught me there is so much more to being a stylist than simply cutting or coloring someone’s hair. When you have a seat in my chair, it is my goal to make you feel welcome. I believe that building a growing relationship with each guest is the foundation to a successful hair service. I look forward to getting to know you, and creating the vision you have for your hair.
Being gifted with your trust and having the opportunity to make you feel as beautiful as you are, is such a beautiful feeling itself.