What Makes Azur West the Best Hair Salon in Houston?

December 7, 2012 – 5:28 pm

Searching for a new hair salon can be stressful. And, if you are new to Houston, it is difficult to narrow your search amongst all the advertisements and websites. You want to trust your gorgeous locks with the best hair salon that Houston has to offer.

Azur West is dedicated to the Art of Hair. In fact, hair is all we do! You won’t find facials, nails or make-up at this salon. (Although, our neighbors in our West Ave center provide all those important services for convenient one-stop beautifying!) Azur West simply focuses on perfecting the modern art of hairdressing through a variety of ways:

1. Education. Our team of stylists at Azur West are committed to on-going, advanced education. From cutting and coloring workshops, to flying in guest artists from around the U.S., the stylists constantly practice the latest techniques and styles and challenge themselves to continued learning. In fact, each of our stylists travel at least once per year outside of Texas to engage in hair shows, workshops and training ateliers. We want to always offer our clients the best in services.

2. Customer Service. From start to finish, we strive to pamper our guests. We know your time at the salon is a great way to escape the stress of real life. From the fresh flowers, the relaxing music, the welcoming glass of wine or tea, and the scalp massage at the shampoo bowl, we want you to unwind and enjoy your experience.

3. Top-Notch Products. Azur West is just one of three salons in the U.S. designated as a “Sanctuary” flagship salon by Shu Uemura Art of Hair. With the addition of Kérastase, INOA and L’Oreal professional products, we offer the very best hair care, styling and treatment products on the market.

4. World-Wide Recognition. We are the only Houston salon to be named one of the premier Leading Salons in the World. Check it out on-line by clicking here.

Ready for the ultimate Art of Hair experience? Call us at 713.400.AZUR (2987) to schedule a complimentary consultation or appointment. We can’t wait to show you why we are easily the Best Hair Salon in Houston. Welcome to Azur West!

Welcome to Azur West, a Shu Uemura Art of Hair Salon

Ready for your Holiday Blowouts?

December 1, 2012 – 10:53 am

Vicente “Alex” Huitz, new Senior Stylist at Azur West, demonstrates a beautiful, sensuous blowout using two key Kérastase products that are “must haves” for your hair during this holiday season. Watch him demonstrate the blowout on our YouTube channel here.

Have you made your hair color, cut and style appointments for the holiday season? December is filling up, and you need to look your best for all the great parties and events throughout the month. Call us today at 713.400.AZUR (2987) to book your appointment at Houston’s best hair salon. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Sensuous hair, perfect for the holiday season

Relaxing at Azur West

November 9, 2012 – 5:15 pm

In a world full of constant hustle and bustle, stress seems to be an accepted part of life. In fact, 77 percent of the population admits to experiencing the mental and physical symptoms of stress on a daily basis. Naturally, these kinds of stresses have a negative effect on your skin, hair and emotions. At Azur West, the ultimate goal is to design a unique experience that brings you back into balance and leaves you feeling renewed, recharged and ready to take on the world.

Azur West, a Shu Uemura Salon

From the moment you walk in the door of Azur West, your relaxing experience begins. Azur West is simply designed to promote a sense of escape from the chaos lurking outside. The natural light flows through the salon, providing you with a sense of warmth from every angle. Every detail of this modern salon has been planned to feel open and roomy, leaving your stressful life far behind. In fact, the salon was recognized by the American Society of Interior Designers in 2011 for Best Retail Design.

Hot Stone Massage

  Massage is not only a relaxing service; it also offers both mental and physical health benefits including pain relief and increased blood circulation in your tissues. Azur West offers a glorious hot stone experience on your neck and shoulders with any Shu Uemura Hair Ceremony, improving circulation throughout the tissues of the neck and shoulders, providing almost instant benefits. Relieve anxiety, neck pain, arthritis and many more issues through the relaxing power of massage.

Scalp Massage

With each salon service, a heavenly scalp massage is performed. Scalp massage is proven to increase the circulation to hair follicles, condition the scalp and strengthen the roots of hair. The increased blood flow to hair follicles results in an increased nutrient intake, allowing for healthy hair growth.


A reduction in stress or anxiety can have a lasting impact on your life in many different ways. For example, relaxation triggers a drop in blood pressure while also directing the brain to release the “feel-good” chemicals dopamine and serotonin. Reduced levels of stress hormones also allow the body to function in top shape, enhancing the ability of hair follicles. Azur West knows that the experience created within the salon is about much more than a single service provided…it’s about the total experience.

The Perfect Angle – Making your Eye Brows Work for You

November 2, 2012 – 10:14 am

There are tons of new and expensive anti-aging products on the market that promise to give your face its most youthful and groomed appearance. However, experts agree that the fastest and cheapest way to achieve your best face is through perfectly groomed eyebrows. Yes, expertly groomed brows may be the best-kept secret when it comes to creating a youthful look.

Make Your Brows Work for You

Eyebrows are like the frames that protect precious works of art. Their job is to complement features, not stand out on their own. Your eyebrows are supposed to complement your bone structure, brighten and lift your eyes and face upward. Groomed brows can easily put your face into perfect proportion. A perfect brow arch will open your eyes and make a smoky eye shadow look even more stunning. In fact, with the properly groomed eyebrow arch, you can easily take years off your face. How’s that for saving money on a facelift?

Brow Faux Pas

Even if they don’t mean to, one of the first things people notice about you is your eyebrows. Thick and heavy brows bring immediate attention straight to the eyebrow.

On the other hand, a pencil thin brow will draw the attention to the lower part of your face. The place you want people to focus on should always be your eyes, right in the middle. Groomed brows will bring that attention to your eyes and frame your entire face.

Necessary Maintenance

Even if you are not big on makeup, eyebrow maintenance is essential. Having brows with stray hairs growing out of the natural arch can make it seem as if you don’t care how you look.

A thick and bushy brow can make even the most feminine facial features look masculine. Then you have the über-frightening uni-brow, which is always a dreadful mistake for any face. Poorly groomed brows can overshadow your fantastic facial features and hide your true beauty from the rest of the world.


The Perfectly Groomed Brow

To find your natural brow shape, hold an eyebrow brush against the side of your nose and let the tip rest on your forehead. Brows should begin where the edge of the eyebrow bristles land. The next step is to align the brush with the outside edge of the iris, or the colored part, of your eye. Where the brush meets your eyebrow is actually where your natural arch is supposed to be. Lastly, hold the brush diagonally from your nose to the outer corner of the eye, then up to your brow. Where the brush intersects with the eyebrow is exactly where your brow should end.


Expert Eyebrow Care from Azur West

Don’t be fooled by anyone. Tweezing or tinting your brows at home can be an extremely tricky process. One wrong move and you could have a set of eyebrows that look like tadpoles. Instead, you can let the eyebrow experts at Azur West wax, pluck and trim your brows into gorgeous shape. When you call Azur West to schedule an expert eyebrow grooming appointment, you will be asked a few short questions about the current appearance of your eyebrows and the type look you want to achieve. Using this information, you are scheduled with an Azur West expert and one step closer to achieving your perfect angle.

The Quick Fix

October 22, 2012 – 9:23 am

Top Tips for Taking Casual Office Hair to a Super Sexy Night on the Town Look

So it’s 5:00pm. You’ve worked hard all day and now you’re ready to hit the town, let loose and have a cocktail with friends. The problem is that you don’t want to get in the car and fight traffic all the way home…just to change clothes and fix your hair. Bringing a change of clothes to work will take care of your wardrobe problem, but what about your hair? How can you quickly go from an office look to a hot and sultry one? It just so happens that the expert stylists of Azur West can help make your hair transformation simple. Choose from the following five quick fix styles as suggested by top Azur West stylists

Jennifer Stepp (Color Director)

  • Tease your ponytail before leaving work to add tons of volume and great texture
  • Use a deep side part and tuck the extra hair behind your ear
  • Use a beachy texture spray (like Shu Uemura’s Liquid Fabric) for an undone, sexy look

Cesar Irigoyen (Senior Stylist)

  • Create a low, side ponytail
  • Add tons of texture and teasing for a fun evening version of the ponytail
  • Use Shu Uemura’s Volume Maker to give instant lift to your hair. A quick application with the brush will take your hair from daytime to nighttime in an instant


Katie Sullivan (Stylist)

  • Give your hair some elegance by starting with a high ponytail
  • Tease it up
  • Using two or three bobby pins, wrap it in a circular motion to create a high, elegant bun just like J Lo’s!


Angel Reyes (Stylist)

Try adding clip in extensions. If you use good quality extensions, they look great while adding instant body and volume to the hair.


  • Tame fly-aways after work by keeping a travel size bottle of beauty oil in your purse (like Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue!).
  • In a pinch, clear mascara does wonders for taming your hair as well.
  • Use a Dry Shampoo to help give your hair a lift. It will absorb excess oils on your scalp and make your roots look lighter, too!


Vickie (Apprentice)

  • Use a mousse that adds volume to the hair, like Shu Uemura’s Ample Angora.
  • Braid the entire hair and put it into a little bun.
  • Dampen the hair by spraying it with water.
  • Take down the bun and release the braids when you get to your final destination. Shake your hair out for a great, “beachy,” wavy, and sexy hairdo!



The Beauty of Balayage

October 15, 2012 – 10:01 am

Sara Jessica Parker loves her beautiful Balayage highlights. Photo: dollhouseempire.com

If you want to add beautiful, naturally bright highlights to your hair, the increasingly popular balayage highlight technique is the perfect way to get that eye-catching, enviously sexy style. With celebrities like Drew Barrymore and Jessica Biel showing off their own balayage highlights, the technique quickly became a specialty service offered only to a select clientele…until now.

Balayage literally translates to mean “sweeping.” The balayage highlighting technique creates superior results because the colorist is able to sweep on each highlight and control placement of the color. The colorists at Azur West achieve balayage highlights by taking a small section of hair, sweeping color onto the top and then using a paddle to apply more color to the bottom of each section. The innovative balayage technique gives total control of the color placement to the colorist, while also allowing them to create the beautifully natural and unique highlights you always wanted.

The benefit of balayage highlights goes far beyond giving the colorist more control over color placement. Balayage highlights also create a more natural, multidimensional looking color. Azur West colorists are able to sweep more color onto areas where the sun naturally hits your hair the most, while sweeping less color in areas to make the growth appear more gradual and natural. When highlights are done using the foil technique, you only achieve one solid color from root to tip. Balayage highlights give rich and beautiful tones to your hair, resulting in a better color from root to tip.

Jessica Biel has beautiful and natural Balayage highlights. photo: meggywood.com

Balayage highlights also offer the added benefit of longer lasting results. Colorists at Azur West expertly utilize the balayage technique to apply highlights, so when your hair begins to grow out at the roots, it is much less obvious. This means you can wait longer before returning to have your balayage highlights touched up. The balayage technique is also perfect for gray hair, as it allows the colorist to single out only the gray strands of hair without having to apply overall color. Let one of the expert colorists at Azur West show you how balayage highlights can transform your hair.

5 Reasons to fall in love with Azur West’s L’oreal INOA Color Bar

October 5, 2012 – 1:20 pm

While you might think that dryness and damage are just the inevitable effects of professional hair color, Azur West offers a new color innovation that changes everything. The professional stylists at Azur West proudly introduce their L’Oréal INOA Color Bar. The name INOA stands for Innovation No Ammonia. INOA gives you beautiful, rich color, without wreaking havoc on your precious locks. Here are the top five reasons you’ll fall in love with INOA.

  • INOA is odorless: One of the most prominent disadvantages to other types of professional hair color is the strong chemical odor. If you are an experienced color client, you have no doubt experienced the strong fumes coming from hair color. Don’t forget that these fumes can affect more than your sense of smell. They have also been known to cause stinging, irritated and watery eyes. INOA color makes those chemical fumes a thing of the past, as it is odorless.

  • INOA contains no ammonia: Ammonia is the ingredient found in hair color that causes major damage to your hair and scalp. The alkaline agent is added to hair color in order to lift your hair and distribute color. It also left your hair strands swollen, dry and breaking on the ends. Ammonia is responsible for causing your scalp to become red and itchy as well. INOA hair color is so innovative that it uses a totally different color delivery system, saving your hair from the terrible and frizzy results other color systems are known for.

  • ODS Technology: INOA uses a new breakthrough technology known as the oil delivery system (ODS) to distribute color perfectly. If you want the best for your hair, INOA is your hair color. Compared to other permanent colors, INOA provides up to 2x more lipid protection to every strand of your hair. The result is a bold, shiny and lustrous texture that leaves your hair feeling like silk.

  • Better results: The professionals at Azur West are able to offer you color that is better matched to the color swatches, avoiding any surprises with the final result. In addition to better color consistency, your hair will be improved with each application of INOA. In the past, your hair became more damaged with every coloring process. INOA takes your hair to new levels of health while providing superior scalp comfort.

  • Celebrity stylists use INOA: Hollywood’s leading ladies have to look good at all times, but especially in front of the camera. Celebrity stylists must bring the newest and most innovative color to their clients in order to make sure their hair is looks flawless. Ted Gibson, stylist to the stars and owner of Ted Gibson Salons and Jason Backe, Master Colorist, Ted Gibson Salon, New York and Washington switched to INOA and fell in love. “I’m really excited about being part of the latest revolutionary hair color technology in the world,” says Gibson. “My clients have been thrilled with INOA – the color process and the amazing results!”

Ted Gibson demonstrates INOA, the new hair color line from L'Oreal Professionnel.(Photo: ModernSalon.com)

INOA by L’Oréal has taken hair color to a completely new level. Finally, you can have amazingly beautiful color without being forced to sacrifice the health and bounce of your hair. Let one of the professional stylists at Azur West show you how good your hair can be with the INOA Color Bar.