Soothed sighs and breathless chatter fill Alvin Health & Wellness Center, attesting to spa services and heart-pumping fitness classes. Stones for back massage soak up warmth as aromatherapy oils fill the air, and massage artists pack together algae mud wraps. The staff also leads cardio-kickboxing and fitness-boot-camp classes to better bodies as well as minds and self-defense classes that teach pupils to fight off overly aggressive car-wash mascots.
With a repertoire that includes urgent, family, and occupational medicine, the physician-led staff at Affinity Immediate Care seeks to provide quicker and less-expensive services than emergency rooms. In addition to treating sprains, diabetes, and the flu, the specialists conduct work-related physicals and drug testing for employers. To keep ladies ship shape, the Well Woman program emphasizes the importance of annual examinations.
My Make-Up Rocks's cosmetic connoisseurs, who are also certified airbrush technicians, and hairstylists regularly attend seminars to develop the talent that earned them the Bride's Choice Award from Wedding Wire/Martha Stewart Weddings in 2011 and 2012. Constantly honing their craft equips these cosmetologists with the skills needed to expertly make over imaginary friends, brides, boudoir-photography subjects, and faces seen in magazines and TV broadcasts. Though the makeup mavens and locksmiths have all worked with stylists and makeup artists to the stars, visage-vivifiers offer one-on-one tutorials that that teach even the least experienced makeup wearer how to use her own products.
Licensed aesthetician Crystal Seidler uses her pageant experience to enhance her clients' natural beauty at her eponymous practice inside the Mélange Gallery of Salons. She can calibrate her deft makeup applications to suit a variety of occasions, whether it’s for a model in a photo shoot, a bride on her wedding day, or a lawyer fresh from the pie-eating portion of the LSAT. To refresh skin, Crystal also performs facials and peels that target specific skincare concerns using glo therapeutics products, which can also be purchased from the salon.
The beauticians at Hello Gorgeous wield makeup, nail polish, and other pampering paraphernalia to transform girls into glamorous stars. A manicure dolls up little digits with a soak, file, and polish before a pedicure treats little piggies on their way to market with the respect and vibrant nail art they deserve. Finally, a staff member beautifies young faces with a variety of makeup shades and colors, outfitting them with rock-star attitude, runway-model swagger, or a constitutional monarch’s demure sense of propriety. For more examples of gussied up glitz within Hello Gorgeous’ pink walls, guests can check out its photo gallery.
Menchaca's savvy stylists expertly snip and style tresses after consulting with clients about their desired coiffures. Depending on hair's length, thickness, and bravery facing scissors in battle, the cut, shampoo, and blow-dry take anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes. Add dimension to hair color or try to subtly go incognito from codependent necks with highlights. Clients can peruse Menchaca's wide selection of products, including Paul Mitchell, Rusk, and Pureology, to keep strands looking polished long after appointments.