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.
Through a commitment to continuous education, the stylists at Clique Salon have learned that hair fashion is a limitless art. Regional and national seminars furnish their infinite utility belts with evolving techniques, which they then apply to cuts, color treatments, and other services at their Houston studio. However, they do preserve one constant: a commitment to environmental health. Their stations remain free of aerosol and are stocked with natural haircare products, including formulas from Aveda, Modern Elixirs, and Tea Tree. Positioned within these fresh surroundings, the hair gurus begin each appointment with a consultation, during which clients sip on wine or another beverage as they describe what direction they want their locks to take. As the stylists cut, dye, and condition strands, they also dispense aftercare recommendations, enabling patrons to preserve their new color without hiring an art-restoration specialist each week.
At Beauty & Beyond Skin Care Center, clients don't need to resort to surgery for a younger look. That's because the professional staff slows the aging process through a spread of non-invasive procedures. The non-surgical facial employs microcurrent technology to zap wrinkles and fine lines, and the microdermabrasion uses tiny crystals to slough away dead skin cells, revealing smooth skin that may cause clients to be mistaken for majestic dolphins. Other services, such as threading and henna tattoos, keep clients looking their best, helping the beautifying hotspot to win awards from Talk of the Town Texas for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction and the U.S. Commerce Association for Facial Skin Care and Treatments.
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.
Organic Lotus Spa’s extensive list of pedicure treatments treat weary feet to a buffet of sweets, fruits, scrubs, and soaks. Opt for a chocolate-mint service to soak your leg roots in tenebrous chocolate milk finished with a butter massage or give your steppers a much-needed massage with a reflexology pedi. A hot-stone pedi places warm riverstones between your toes to relax the joints, as well as massages your feet and legs with the smooth, blissful stones. If you’re especially hard on your feet, a sport pedicure will soften up skin, and a peppermint clay mask will infuse feet with the newness of just-purchased sneakers. Combine your pedicure like Voltron pieces with one of the available manicures, including the French manicure, topped with a white tip; the in-and-out 20-minute Lunch manicure, with a hop-to shaping and cuticle treatment; or the Classic manicure, a half hour that includes hydration, massage, and polish from a wide selection of OPI lacquers.