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Hip new Garden Oaks salon polishes up neighborhood nail and skin care

Hip new Garden Oaks salon polishes up neighborhood nail and skin care

Brush Box interior spa
This fab new Garden Oaks spa is really nailing it. Photo by Kimberly Park

A new nail salon is out to be an oasis in its busy Garden Oaks neighborhood. “Our goal is to make our guests’ day as relaxing and comfortable as possible while they’re with us,” says Brush Box owner Tony Le.

With that in mind, Le and business partners Harry Nguyen and Vinh Nguyen, have created a space that blends enticing services with comfortable amenities. Using non-toxic, organic, and handcrafted beauty products, Brush Box’s certified technicians offer manicures, pedicures, facials, eyelash treatments, microblading, waxing services, and more.

The salon’s 3,000 square feet are flooded with natural light, and Le’s seen to it that the 22 luxe pedicure stations have been outfitted with charging docks for mobile phones and tablets, a nod to the multitasking lives of his clientele.

Sip and spa
There’s also a thoughtfully stocked bar, where guests will find an array of sangrias, mimosas, wine and cocktails, along with coffee, tea, and bottled water. There’s even a play area where kids can hang out while mom (or dad) get their beauty on. “We packed it with children’s books, because we believe knowledge is power,” says Le. “And we have educational toys, such as magnetic shapes to build structures, Rubik’s cubes, abacus, and other toys that allow kids to exercise their minds and express their creativity.”

Adults will love the selection of manicures and pedicures on offer, including a Vintage manicure that includes polish removal, nail and tip shaping, polish and top coat. The Oak Forest Manicure adds on an exfoliating cucumber mint scrub with a banana peel, finished with a paraffin dip.

Hands-on pampering
Meanwhile The Ultimate Brush Pedicure promises a skin-smoothing treatment of a bath of coconut milk, coffee grounds, and rose petals, after which there’s an indulging a cucumber-mint sugar scrub, a coconut mask rich in vitamins and antioxidants designed to leave skin soft and radiant. The experience is finished with a warm shea and cocoa butter rub, hot stone massage and paraffin dip.

Le is the son of a certified nail technician, and his lifetime of experience is echoed in the environment he created. Having a space for kids helps parents relax during their treatments, knowing their children are within their sightlines. (There are even Prince and Princess manicure and pedicure options offered for little ones under 10).

Luxe treatments
Brush Box’s signature treatments, including house-made salt scrubs blended with essential oils, bath bombs, herbals, lotions, and moisturizing masks include formulas developed and handcrafted by Le and the Brush Box team. “We infuse our products with organic fruits and herbs, both fresh and dried,” says Le. “Our house-made products are designed to rejuvenate the skin and moisturize it for days to come.”

Treatments will vary throughout the year, with refreshing elements like mint and cucumber in the summer and warming, moisture-rich treatments during Houston’s chillier months.

Serious polish
Brush Box's dedication to a cleaner salon experience includes their polish inventory: Every nail polish is a minimum of five-free, meaning polishes are free of formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, resin, and camphor. Brands include CND Vinylux, Zoya and OPI, among others. More than 1,000 colorways in both classic and rotating trending colors are available.

Manicures start at $20, while pedicures at $35. For head-to-toe salon treatment, Brush Box also offers a variety of facials, lash, and brow treatments; waxing services; and more in their private rooms.

Le believes he’s found a great niche in the GOOF. “We love the Garden Oaks neighborhood,” he says. “It’s a beautiful area of town with fabulous oak trees and is future thinking with many exciting changes ahead. The community is also very welcoming and supportive of local businesses.”

He’s figuring that goodwill, combined with his salon’s offerings, are a recipe for success.


Brush Box is located at 1717 34th St. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Book appointments by calling 832-742-5161.