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.
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.
Arena Salon and Day Spa?s experienced staff of patient and dedicated European-trained stylists expertly beautifies exteriors with customized aesthetic treatments. Arena?s modern deco decor greets guests as they recline in salon chairs to receive a transformative cut, color, and style. Other patrons sink into plush treatment beds as aestheticians rejuvenate epidermises with microdermabrasions and facials. A sea-salt body polish exfoliates skin and a Vichy shower treatment showers guests with warm water, which aims to stimulate immune systems before bodies are dried by the gentle flapping of fairy wings as they flutter about the salon. Ensuring clients stay in tip-top shape at all times, Arena is open seven days a week and offers lunchtime spa appointments.
With dual licensing in massage therapy and aesthetics, Elizabeth Hurley knows how to rid clients of both the anxiety plaguing their muscles and the impurities plaguing their skin. The seasoned professional applies her experience working at spa retreats and in dermatology offices to customize and enhance each of her skincare and massage services. Her eponymous line of skincare products harnesses ginseng, therapeutic minerals, and papaya extracts to add nourishment and aroma to a slate of specialized facials. Clients can also put the focus on muscular tension with four massage options including hot stone and aromatherapy. Like the after-party at the spa Olympics, service also come with snacks, beer or wine, and spa robes.