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.
Ann’s beauty career has taken her all the way from her aunt’s bridal boutique in Vietnam to her very own lash-centric salon in Houston. Here she enhances lashes with mink and synthetic extensions, carefully applied one-by-one to natural eyelashes. She also offers permanent makeup applications that flatter features without the risk of smudging in the heat, running in the rain, or sobbing uncontrollably during sad movies.
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.
Aveda Institute graduate Kandice is the brains behind the beautification at ikandi Skin and Lash Studio. Fueled by Image Skincare products, her facial treatments cater to visages, whether they need moisturizing, exfoliating, or smoothing. Fuller eyelashes complement dewy skin after Kandice enhances them with semi-permanent synthetic mink lashes, for a thicker look without brushing on mascara or force-feeding each lash. Conversely, she'll also remove hair where it has outstayed its welcome with waxing sessions.
At Chic Lash Boutique, lashes go from limp to lush in the blink of an eye with semipermanent Xtreme eyelash extensions. For more eye-catching drama, the trained technicians can adorn lash lines with jeweled, colored, or Paperself sets, which give the illusion of lash-perched butterflies without requiring you to actually cry sugar water tears. During all lash treatments, the staff fills glasses with complimentary wine or mimosas and abolishes stress with an awakening mint massage and smoothing hand treatment. Technicians also set their sights higher by shaping brows with traditional cotton threading techniques.
The artistic technicians at Shepherd Day Spa decorate digits with unique designs and radiant finishes. Wielding polishes from deluxe brands such as Zoya and CND, they groom nails and paint them with individual decorations such as animal prints, psychedelic checkers, and 3-D glitter. They also specialize in services such as facials, waxing, and massages, and many nail treatments come with additional treatments such as sugar scrubs or facial masks.