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Esthetician Brittney Herron

We all need a day or days where we just pamper ourselves and focus on being FABULOUS! For many of us that comes as a day of beauty at the spa. Recently I had the pleasure of checking out Serente Spa in Uptown Park, and getting FABUFIED by esthetician Brittney Herron. Brittney just moved here from Memphis,Tennessee where she was on top of her game. The services I enjoyed on my “get FAB day” were the Oxygen Inhalation and lash extensions. I was scheduled for a spray tan, but had a skin breakout a few days before and wasn’t able to get it done. I do understand that I said spray tan and many of you are confused! Keep reading and I’ll explain. 

Upon entering the relaxation area of the spa, my first stop was the Oxygen Inhalation in Serente’s Zero Gravity Chair. I was told this chair would relax me, make me more alert, and was amazing for hangovers (will have to put it to the test one day). Let me just say, Brittany had to shake me a few times to wake me up. 

Next up were the Eyelash Extensions. I’ve had this procedure done many times, and as recent as 5-6 months ago. The problem for me with them has been that the glue always irritates my eyes. So I was eager to see what, if anything, that Brittney could do for me. Not only did it take her a maximum of 30 minutes to install a complete-set, the normal is anywhere from 1 hour to 1 ½ hours, but she uses a sensitive glue developed by an ophthalmologist. I was very pleased with the way they looked and felt. What do you think…

Before the lashes

 

After the lashes

 

Lash extensions are great for any women who want to enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle and to wake up ready to go! The lashes she uses are natural looking, synthetic mink lashes that are glued to your individual lashes one by one. As a said earlier, a full set of extensions takes her only 30 minutes. To maintain the full, thick appearance, it was recommend that I come back every two-three weeks, this is based on your own eyelash growth cycle.

As for this spray tan thing…YES woman of color can and do tan! So why the hell wouldn’t we be all over this whole spray tan process ?!?! Brittney and Serente offer the Infinity Sun sunless spray, which gives golden and healthy looking skin without the skin damage. A few things to note…she manually applies the product by hand, which makes for and gives a natural-looking golden brown glow. It’s an all-natural, anti-aging tanner made with walnut extract to achieve brown, never orange. The main selling point for me is that it’s great for evening out skin tone discoloration.

I look forward to going back to get my tan and I think I’ll throw in a massage!

Serente Spa
1180 Uptown Park Blvd., #4
Houston, TX 77056

Phone: 713-621-7722
Website: www.serentespa.com

Hours
Tuesday: 10am-6pm
Wednesday: 10am-6pm
Thursday: 10am-7pm
Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday: 10am-4pm

Felice "Swanky Girl" Sloan

Felice is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food, beauty, and fashion.

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