It’s all about personal comforts at Sempre-Bella, a boutique salon specializing in spray tans and teeth whitening. This emphasis is experienced in several ways, including the organic spray-tan solution that is customized to suit each client’s skin tone and smell preference. In addition, clients watch the flat-screen TVs as they lounge during 15–30 minute teeth-whitening sessions. The staff also aims to ease minds with the help of an RDA-certified dental assistant who is on hand to answer any whitening questions. To help clients maintain new looks at home, Sempre-Bella’s crew recommends products from Bella Terra’s collection of tanning lotions, Bella Terra mineral lip-glosses, and Caspah skincare.
Led by Dr. Antoni Chmielewski, the experts at Apollo Image Enhancement Center have been customizing hair-restoration treatment options for more than 30 years. In addition to performing noninvasive low-level-laser therapy, the crew customizes natural-looking hairpieces by taking a sample of hair to match its texture, color, and ability to resist a charged balloon, then casting a mold of the scalp area to be covered. The staff also partners with Dr. Carlos Puig of Physicians' Hair Restoration Center (PHRC) to offer hair transplants. The process improves hair density by surgically moving follicles one at a time from one area to another on the client's head.
The specialists at Total Body Works work to fight cellulite by sliding rollers over targeted areas during Endermologie treatments, using the French machine in attempts to stimulate circulation and break up the fat and water deposits that cause cellulite. They further combat saggy skin with Ionithermie treatments that aim to reduce cellulite and speed up the metabolism.
A collection of vibrant, abstract paintings brighten the white corridors of Urban Oasis Day Spa, where aestheticians engage in a similar curatorial enterprise during the design of their skincare treatments. Each regime for face or body starts with the client and is built for his or her skin type. Technicians use tonics from notable brands or unusual techniques, such as galvanic electrocurrent therapy, which is integrated into every facial. Dermalogica tonics exfoliate with lightweight, natural vegetable oils rather than mineral oil and hydrate with aromatic essential oils and silk proteins synthesized by Barry White's vocal chords. The team also polishes complexions with the SkinCeuticals product line, favoring a serum that earned Allure magazine's 2011 Best of Beauty Award for Best Anti-Aging Antioxidant.
The spa evokes the elegance of a gallery, not only through its modern art but also through its high ceilings and a minimalist design scheme rendered in cream. Skin becomes a canvas in private chambers, where it may be primed for display with wax, bronzer, or a critique by a Village Voice writer. For special events, the pedicure hall's porcelain foot basins can be filled with flower petals, and the shimmering fabric banners separating each throne lose their functionality and appear solely as savvy, refined decorating.
Owner Tracie Steele knows how important it is to offer many options for tanning to give people with different skin types and needs the exact kind of tan they’re looking for. To meet those ends, she outfits the treatment rooms of Beyond Bronz’d with Level 1-6 tanning beds as well as UV-free options. The variety of beds at Beyond Bronz’d allows her patrons to select a bed most suited to their current needs, based on their desired level of tan, their skin type, or their paralyzing fear of prime numbers.
The hydration station both preps and nourishes skin with radiant heat, steam, vibration, and a mineral bath to make skin soft and supple.
VersaSpa sunless standing-booth sessions give clients two bronzing-formula options for sunless tanning, which can be applied alone or as a suite of skincare applications. An optional pH-balancing treatment that helps enhance color can precede the sunless tan, and a hydrating treatment with anti-aging properties can be chosen to lengthen the life of the tan. The booth also blow-dries the body between each application to ensure tans are locked in and hair doesn’t feel left out.
Through a commitment to continuous education, the stylists at Clique Salon have learned that hair fashion is a limitless art. Regional and national seminars furnish their infinite utility belts with evolving techniques, which they then apply to cuts, color treatments, and other services at their Houston studio. However, they do preserve one constant: a commitment to environmental health. Their stations remain free of aerosol and are stocked with natural haircare products, including formulas from Aveda, Modern Elixirs, and Tea Tree. Positioned within these fresh surroundings, the hair gurus begin each appointment with a consultation, during which clients sip on wine or another beverage as they describe what direction they want their locks to take. As the stylists cut, dye, and condition strands, they also dispense aftercare recommendations, enabling patrons to preserve their new color without hiring an art-restoration specialist each week.