Over the last 10 years, Skin Essentials Med Spa & Hair Salon owner Kelly Davis has prettified more than 1,000 faces with the SofTap permanent-makeup technique. She sidesteps the racket and pain of traditional tattoo-machine methods to gently apply the pigment with a hand tool, giving her absolute control to craft a subtle lip shape or a seductively arched brow. Guests can find similar attention to detail in the spa's repertoire of other beautifying services, from simple mani-pedis to advanced exfoliation peels that obscure signs of aging. Injections of Botox or Restylane keep skin surfaces as smooth as a pancake, and full-body scrubs and masks treat the whole physique to ensure that even your Achilles' heel embodies a beauty that belies its vulnerability.
At t'nt Hair & Spa, beauty experts pamper clients with haircare and spa services. Along with haircuts and coloring treatments, the stylists also transform hair with sew-in or glue-in extensions. Massage-therapy options help alleviate stress, and facials freshen up complexions by addressing individual skincare concerns. Makeup applications, eyelash extensions, and teeth-whitening services are also available to amplify clients' new looks.
Harmony Wellness & Spa exudes tranquility from the moment guests walk through its doors. Soothing scents waft throughout the cool-toned space that's accented by orchids and other potted plants, setting the stage for a host of serene beauty and wellness services.
Dermalogica skincare treatments include an exfoliating botanical peel and facials enhanced by firming seaweed and anti-aging caviar masks. Clients can also indulge in mani-pedis with skin-softening paraffin wraps and invigorating sugar scrubs, as well as shellac polish, which stays chip-free for up to 14 days no matter how many times they run their fingers through a coworker's luxurious hair.
Harmony Wellness & Spa offers detoxifying programs in various lengths, too. For 7, 14, or 21 days, patrons use NutriClean cleansing systems in conjunction with BioSlimming wraps to rid their bodies of impurities.
Zada McGuire, owner of Natural Gifts Holistic Center, advocates using therapeutic massage and holistic health philosophies as an alternative to medication. In a calming atmosphere, McGuire and her team of therapists execute various massage and energy treatments to help clients to overcome emotional and physical hurdles.
"Craniosacral therapy is probably the most life-changing” of the center’s offerings, says McGuire. “We just corrected a lady with TMJ” using the technique's signature combination of massage and energy work. But McGuire and her team also heal with traditional massage therapy, reducing muscle tension and anxiety without medicine, harsh therapies, or industrial-size steamrollers. “People think it has to hurt for them to walk out and feel different, but that’s not the case,” McGuire says.
Organic Spa Houston's aestheticians stockpile an arsenal of exclusively organic products in their facials, massages, and body treatments to match the external appearance of wellness with a chemical-free body. Four flagship signature treatments—a facial, peel, age-therapy series, and microdermabrasion—smooth and revitalize skin with compounds that are entirely plant and mineral derived. The team used its earth-conscious mindset when renovating the building, coating walls with non-toxic, no-VOC paints and incorporating sustainable materials made out of cork, bamboo, and reclaimed wood. To complement the suite of guilt-free treatments, the spa staff requests that customers remove other stressors from the environment by leaving kids at home, silencing electronic devices, and forcing pet dragons to wait patiently on the sidewalk.
Urban Retreat in River Oaks has the bright lights, big city luxury spa experience down. Gleaming polished floors and shiny granite counters lead to wall-length windows with a downtown view, making for a spectacularly soothing environment. The spa offers everything from full body wrap treatments to celebrity-grade salon services and laser skin resurfacing treatments, while others may make appointments for a skin-tightening phototherapy session or Brazilian Keratin Straightener treatment. No matter what, the results are largely the same: smoother, younger-looking skin and a smile to show it all off. If that all sounds like the stuff of too much science fiction, guests can simply relax at Urban Retreat with massages, nail work and other contemporary pampering services.