Hair Treatment Ceremonies Add Something Special to Your Haircut or Color Appointment

January 15, 2013 – 6:01 pm

Experience the “Art of Hair” at Azur West, Houston’s best hair salon. A unique feature of Azur West is the private Sanctuary Room, designed for total relaxation during your Hair Treatment Ceremony. You can add one of three ceremonies to any hair appointment. It is perfect before your haircut or blowout to prepare your hair, or after your hair color or highlights appointment to lock in the color.

Based on a Japanese tea ceremony, a Hair Treatment Ceremony emboides calm, precision and beauty. These unique, customizable, professional treatments combine Shiatsu-based massage and pressure points on the scalp, neck, shoulders, arms and hands while high performance natural ingredients are formulated and applied to scalp and hair for the ultimate experience.

Choose between three ceremonies:

This 15-minute revitalizing treatment focuses on a deep cleanse of the scalp and hair to leave it fresh, balanced and free from daily impurities. ($30)

High-performance Absolu Oils are custom blended with Treatment Masques to seduce the senses and restore hair to a healthy state during this 30-minute treatment. ($45)

This 45-minute deluxe experience combines the Essential and Infusion Hair Beauty Ceremonies for the ultimate hair and scalp treatment. ($60)

Ready to relax and have perfect hair that is shiny, strong and silky? Call 713.400.AZUR (2987) to make an appointment. Add a Hair Treatment Ceremony to any service you choose for the ultimate salon experience.

Click on this link to view a video by Shu Uemura Art of Hair and get a glimpse of what to expect during your Hair Treatment Ceremony.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair continues to rake in the awards

January 10, 2013 – 5:41 pm

Azur West is the sole flagship “Sanctuary Salon” for Shu Uemura Art of Hair in Texas (and one of just three in the nation). Aligned with the very best in haircare, cleansing and treatment products, Azur West continues to provide the best in hair color and styles in Houston.

The very popular Cleansing Oil Shampoo was just named the ‘Ultimate Shampoo’ in the 2013 ELLE International Beauty Awards! Over 40 beauty editors from across the world voted it number one. Our stylists can show you how adding this shampoo to your regimen will improve the health of your scalp while providing exquisite care for your hair.

In addition, the year-end issue of Condé Nast named our number one selling product, Essence Absolue, the “Must Have” beauty product for the beach. It eliminates frizz and dryness while providing great shine and softness.

Ask your stylist at the salon to use either or both of these award-winning products on your hair during your next visit, or stop by the salon for a complimentary sample. We look forward to showing you why Shu Uemura Art of Hair and Azur West salon are the perfect pairing for your hair.

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!