For the past 15 years, the beauty experts at Sheila's Hair Design have enhanced bodies with cuts and colors, the ancient art of threading, and henna tattoos that are ideal for weddings or turning a row of freckles into Pac-Man fodder. A boutique area showcases clothing and jewelry from Pakistan and India, including traditional pieces from Rajasthan.
Upon walking beneath classical-style archways and twinkling chandeliers, guests at the elegantly appointed De Vero Salon & Day Spa bask in filigree accents and personalized coddling from an experienced staff. Stylists snip, lop, and high-five locks before corralling them into a brand-new style in a roughly 45-minute service. Kérastase potions cloak hair in moisturizing, gloss-inducing blends during a deep-conditioning treatment, which is designed to leave clean, hydrated strands in its wake. At nail stations, a paw guru grooms all 21 digits before slathering tips with the client's choice of OPI hue. Thirty minutes of muscle kneads await massage recipients, who sigh under the knot-detangling expertise of a therapist.
At Image Sun Tanning Centers, certified staff members bring out patrons' darker sides with custom spray tanning and strictly maintained tanning beds. A free skin-type analysis provides tanners with information on solar-simulation dosage, recommended products that help to prevent sunburn, and strategies for avoiding subsequent awkward run-ins with Ra, the sun god. During 14-minute tanning sessions in Level 1 beds, sun-seekers can cultivate even tones. Under the strict maintenance schedule, the staff regularly changes tanning lamps and bulbs to ensure each solar-simulation chamber meets its potential. Alternatively, 10-minute Mystic Tan sessions imbue skin with an evenly bronzed shade without ultraviolet exposure or days spent bathing in a tub of melted pumpkins.
After spending 16 years in the field of dentistry, Susanne Novotny felt it was time for a change. She decided to pursue a career in a different type of healing—therapeutic and wellness massage therapy. She is now a licensed massage therapist and the owner of Serendipity Massage & Laser, where she alleviates stress and tension with custom Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages.
The caring professional also spends one day per week working with a pain-management doctor to facilitate patients' healing. Novotny mixes her own essential-oil blends and creates sea salt and sugar scrubs, crafting all-natural and organic formulas to enhance relaxing massage sessions or re-create scratch-and-sniff memories from childhood.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
At Sugar & Spice Katy, our mission is to treat every little girl like the princess she is. Whether she comes in for a fabulous haircut, relaxes with a manicure and pedicure, or has a birthday party she’ll never forget, there’s no place better to make your sweetheart feel special.