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.
Upon entering Pure Zen Therapy’s tranquil space, clients are greeted by the friendly staff that goes out of its way to get to know regular visitors and to ensure a personalized, comfortable massage experience. Each licensed massage therapist in the spa’s stable boasts a resumé of accredited massage hours and a dedication to Pure Zen’s personable attitude, a skill set that facilitates clients’ complete and total relaxation as therapists release tension and unwind knotted muscles using a variety of modalities. Each of the spa’s 13 different styles of traditional, specialty, and foot-centric massage help foster optimal wellness, addressing problems including chronic pain and sports-related soreness or injury.
During sessions ranging from traditional deep-tissue massage to reinvigorating Thai foot massage, therapists encourage their clients to take a minute to acclimate to the relaxing space, using deep breathing and therapeutic wolf howling to purge stress. Pure Zen’s Sunday spa brunches, held every other Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., nurture the spa’s community of relaxation- and wellness-minded clients with a custom massage and foot scrub alongside healthy brunch food and beverages for an additional fee.
Bottles and jars of organic ingredients line the shelves of Organic Spatopia. The delicacies aren't for eating, but instead are for rejuvenating the skin with their rich antioxidant, mineral, and vitamin content. The menu of nine specialty manicures and 14 pedicures features such ingredients as papaya and coconut, and each treatment can be finished with a coat of Essie or Zoya polish. Custom massages relieve tension with the client's choice of pressure and modality, and aestheticians armed with Source Vitál, Dr. Med Christine Schrammek, and Biodroga products reinvigorate skin during any of the spa's eight facials, each of which includes a cleansing and serum and anti-aging-cream application. The salon ensures health and safety by sterilizing all instruments, cleaning pedicure sinks with FDA-approved disinfectant, and placing files and buffers into doggy bags for customers to take home, where they can enlist roommates to perform shot-for-shot reenactments of their blissful mani-pedi experiences.
What started as a beauty shop operating out of Aisha Khalid's home has now, 20 years later, blossomed into 10 full-service, women-only salons. The aestheticians at Aisha's Salon & Spa were some of the first to bring threading to the faces of Houston ladies, whisking away unruly brows, chin fuzz, and emperor-tamarin mustaches with a thin cotton filament. For body depilation, they turn to traditional waxing, and body polishes and facials leave skin rejuvenated and smooth. Stylists trim, straighten, and color tresses, and makeup artists apply finishing touches with traditional or airbrush products.
Rosila Garoussian began her career more than 35 years ago in Paris, France. After making her way to America, she founded Enchanté Day Spa & Salon to share the refined experience of salons in the City of Lights and the French beauty secrets carved into the buttresses of Notre Dame. Inside an ivy-covered brick cottage with a canary-yellow awning in the shade of a large tree, Rosila and her international staff use Decléor Paris products and offer a full menu of services that ranges from haircare and skincare to massage therapy, waxing, and persian threading.
Inside Soothing Beauty's tranquil studio, facials, scrubs, and body wraps combine to beautify skin and promote relaxation. In the spa's waiting room, pink and brown furnishings dress in rich fabric between dark wood tables. Treatment areas harbor plush beds topped with soft blankets and maroon pillows, illuminated from above by faux candles emitting theoretical photons. The aestheticians stationed within these private treatment rooms wax away unwanted hair, promote healing with hot-stone foot reflexology, and reduce puffiness around the eyes with soothing cucumber treatments.:m]]