At her eponymous salon, Kristal Mayland enhances features with makeup that neither smears nor steals a single minute from morning routines. After attending the Faust Institute of Cosmetology, she moved to San Antonio to train with renowned cosmetics instructor Terry Lively. The permanent makeup artist employs permanent pigmentation—carefully matched to each client’s skin tone—to darken brows, outline eyes, and shade lips to a rosy pink or the deep crimson of a ladybug caught not wearing her spots. In addition to applying indelible cosmetics, Mayland tames hair and waxes away unwanted fuzz.
Melisa Gibbs became a massage therapist in 2010 to help people achieve wellness through natural methods, rather than by endlessly popping painkillers. "I'd like to help relieve [pain], rather than covering it up with medicine," she says. When her clients arrive at New Beginnings Massage Therapy, she ushers them into a private space for soothing relaxation massages, also known as Swedish massages, which help them de-stress after putting up with a cranky boss at work or a malfunctioning cuckoo clock at home. Melisa says clients who've been having issues often experience a greater range of motion after her deep-tissue massages, which are aimed at banishing chronic aches. She's also able to aid those with medical issues including carpal tunnel syndrome and headaches.
Plush leather couches and chairs placed amid comforting earth tones characterize the lodge-like environment at Signature Male, a spa designed for men of all ages. Complimentary servings of beer and wine flow into glasses as men enjoy barbershop services from experienced stylists and massages from skilled therapists. In teaming up with Dr. Robert Reese, a physician certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, the staff uses various treatments to help clients combat hair loss.
Unlike most spas, there are usually at least three people in the room during massages at Achieving Inner Peace. This is because owner and massage therapist Karmen Buchhop specializes in prenatal and postnatal massages, couples massages, and extra indulgent four-hands massages. During each couples massage, Buchhop and a fellow massage therapist simultaneously work on clients, who can chat, hold hands, or see who has the most believable sleeping face as they sink deep into a relaxed state. Alternatively, two therapists can devote all their time and healing kneads to one person during a four-handed massage, which is designed for those who find it hard to relax during bodywork sessions. Finally, during the prenatal massage, Buchhop can help relieve the fatigue, stress, and aches of pregnancy with gentler strokes that keep both mother and child healthy and comfortable. But no matter what technique Buchhop employs, she always discusses lotion, oil, and cream preferences during premassage consultations, so every massage is tailored to a client's needs and desires.
Tucked right off of Hickman Road, Kreative Styles stands ready to welcome locks and their owners. Led by a stylist with over a decade of experience, the salon's team creates a warm and inviting atmosphere, chatting amiably as they rifle through mirror-side cabinets stocked with professional-grade products and hopeful scissor understudies. They imbue locks with rich color and eye-catching highlights, tame flyaways with smoothing treatments, and rid the skin of unwanted hairs in quick waxing sessions.
Back in 1999, brothers David and Rick Kueber noticed a lag in business at their chain of video-rental shops during the summer months, when no one wanted to be cooped up inside watching movies. The two put their heads together and found a rather unconventional solution to their problem: tanning beds. They installed a new fleet of skin-bronzing machines and sat back as so many clients flocked to their shop that the brothers were forced to open an entire store just to cater to their clients? tanning demands. This was the birth of Sun Tan City. Today, what started as an experimental side business boasts more than 200 locations across 16 states.
The staff at each location maintains a meticulously clean space, where they show clients to UV beds dubbed fast, faster, fastest, and instant. The beds include features such as facial tanners and self-contained air conditioners. Alternatively, clients can opt for the UV-free, automated VersaSpa system, which swathes physiques in a DHA, plant-based bronzing solution. The liquid reacts naturally with skin?s amino acids, creating an even coat as radiant as the high beams on Helios?s chariot within 46 seconds.