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.
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.
M?lange is a beauty conglomerate?its myriad members specialize in everything from haircuts to lash extensions, facials, and dermal fillers. Within the Gallery is Priscilla of Bay Area Hair Restoration, who uses a low-light laser apparatus to jump-start hair follicles and reignite floundering cells without pain.
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.
Most Popular Service: Swedish Massage
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Arrive 10 minutes early to fill out paper work.
Kaitlyn Confer, a massage therapist at Family Rehab and Medical Massage, says that she loves helping her clients relax and forget about their day-to-day problems for a while. And she does so with the aid of her talented thumbs, which skillfully employ multiple modalities of massage ranging from the more intense deep-tissue massage to Swedish massage to gentle chair massage, which is ideal for tense office workers and their tense office chairs. She says that the best compliment she's ever received from a client is one that comes up again and again?a repeat visit. "It tells me that I've done a good job and provided excellent service," she says.
In addition to massage, she and her fellow staffers also provide spa services, including fat-melting body wraps and mind-soothing aromatherapy.
Physically and emotionally rejuvenating clients is the ultimate goal at Divinity Med Spa and Wellness. To that end, double-board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Swet Chaudhari uses his medical expertise to offer a wide range of services. Cosmetic laser systems can minimize the appearance of unwanted hairs, discolored blemishes, fine lines, wrinkles, and spider veins. Ultherapy treatments lift and tighten the skin using non-invasive ultrasound energy. Microdermabrasion treatments and chemical peels thoroughly exfoliate faces and reveal the naturally radiant skin concealed just beneath the surface. Additionally, Divinity Med Spa and Wellness helps people make positive lifestyle changes by offering physician-supervised weight-loss programs and providing nutritional consultations.