The licensed medical professionals and technicians at Venus Tan and Spa iron out wrinkles and unearth fresher, younger skin with sophisticated facial treatments. Nurse-administered Botox injections flatten out facial furrows by freezing muscles and tightening up the hard-to-reach screws behind the ears. Smoothed-out results appear within three to seven days after the 10- to 15-minute procedure and can last up to four months. Beauty mavens can follow up the treatment with a half-hour diamond microdermabrasion to draw back the face’s dull curtains of dead skin, or tighten up sagging spots and recharge cheek-stored smile batteries with the gentle FDA-approved electric pulses of a 45-minute microcurrent facial.
Tucked away inside a private room at Posh Salons, independent master stylist Jessica Perez-Paez sculpts and colors hair with an eye toward making clients look and feel their best. She’s a Matrix-certified colorist but will blend in Redken and Paul Mitchell products for more dynamism. Other specialties include keratin smoothing treatments, perms, and the application of hair extensions to lengthen ponytails or pet ponies’ tails.
Nestled amid consignment shops and antique stores in a historic Victorian neighborhood, Heights Retreat harnesses aromatherapy and therapeutic oils to bolster manicures and pedicures performed in massaging chairs, while seven kinds of body massage use a tailored approach to pinpoint aches and pains. Medically focused facials help alleviate conditions such as acne and rosacea using gentle peels, galvanic stimulation, and miniature steamrollers.
Ambiance Spa and Wellness Centre lavishes men and women with treatments for the entire body that employ both traditional and modern techniques. While one treatment room might house an aesthetician purging pores with irritant-free Dermalogica facials, an aesthetician on the other side of the wall is fading hyperpigmentation with Candela lasers. Meanwhile, seven types of massage invoke the warmth of hot stones or the fragrant notes of aromatherapy to smooth out knotted muscles and summon memories of a past life as a lavender blossom.
After training in Thailand, the licensed aesthetician behind Houston 3D Eyebrows & Beauty brought 3-D permanent makeup to the States. Unlike the traditional hair-stroke technique, 3-D permanent makeup layers color in multiple passes, which culminate in realistic ink strokes that flatter the eyebrows, eyelids, or areolae. In addition to 2-D permanent makeup, staffers also pamper visages with facials, waxing, and body wraps.
The staff at Urban Retreat Day Spa & Salon makes pampering their clients a top priority, a mission that becomes evident the moment patrons enter the ultraluxe space. Picture windows overlook the Houston skyline, which, in turn, casts a soothing blue glow over the dove-gray walls and mirrored styling stations. There, a staff of accomplished stylists brings a vast experience of working New York Fashion Week Shows and educating for L’Oreal’s luxury brand Kerastase & Shu Uemura and Aloxxi’s Italian Color. Across from the salon, a row of plush couches and golden soaking tubs line the nail studio, which also offers pristine city views as trained nail artists wield eco-friendly products to paint fingers and toes. A conjoining hallway dangling with crystal chandeliers leads guests to Urban Retreat’s spa, where certified technicians discreetly perform massages and laser hair-removal treatments, as well as facial services bolstered by physician-grade Société Clinical Skincare products.