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.
The stylists at Total Hair Care never saw a head of hair they couldn't sculpt. With a diverse clientele, they offer services ranging from children's haircuts to quick weaves, lace wigs, and hair extensions. They also create up-dos for formal occasions by tying tresses to balloons.
Though he's a third-generation stylist, Andre' Deleon Williams didn't hear his calling until he cut a Navy shipmate's hair. That's when it clicked, and he's been styling hair ever since. His clients would agree that he, along with his staff, are in the right business. "I've been a loyal client for years," says one. Another says, "These people really know what they're doing. I've found my favorite stylist and I can't imagine going to anyone else."
Williams and his staff prove their expertise during services that run the gamut from children's cuts
to men's mustache trims. They also add dimension to hair with sun-kissed highlights, make 'dos more manageable with relaxers, and add length with extensions, rather than tugging on strands while making a wish. They can also rid clients of unwanted facial hair with waxing services and enhance their facial features with makeup applications.
Founded by master waxer Mendy Moses, Just Wax It has hung its smooth, bristle-free hat on its waxing services. Here, experts render flawless bodyscapes with a pain-reducing grade of Brazilian blue wax, a fact that has earned the spa accolades, including being named "Best of the Best" in Houston by Allure Magazine in 2012 and 2013, Houston Best by InStyle Magazine in 2010, and nabbing a finalist slot in Citysearch?s 2010 Best Bikini Wax poll. Boasting a decade-plus of experience, Nikki provides eyelash services, offering up an array of looks and styles. The spa also pampers guests with mani-pedis, body wraps, and facials that nourish complexions with vitamin-rich serums, and masks customized to treat each face's distinct issues and resemble its favorite superhero.