Though high-tech hair removal relies on relatively new technologies, owner Nedra Lockhart has been zapping follicles for more than 40 years—she began in 1970, working at the side of her mother, for whom the clinic is named. Though electrolysis is still on the menu, the entire staff boasts national board certification in laser hair removal through The Society for Clinical and Medical Hair Removal, Inc. This range of treatment options is essential, as specialists must select the right tool for the job: though considered less painful, lasers target melanin and may not be ideal for those with lighter-colored strands, who may be better served by electrolysis or Photoshop. Besides permanent hair removal, the clinic is home to Scandinavian skincare services by stateside transplant Catharina and mani-pedis by aesthetician Lisa Schuenemann.
The well-trained therapists at Happy Feet Massage aim to relieve tension and improve overall health with reflexology and massage treatments. Talented fingers press specific points on arches and toes to help soothe general tension, ease pain, and get “These Boots are Made for Stomping” out of your head during 30-minute reflexology sessions. The ancient Chinese treatment has also been used to speed post-operative recovery, ease mental health issues, and lessen side effects from chemotherapy. Alternatively, trained palms also coax tension and co-dependent backpacks loose from lower backs and shoulders during 30-minute massages.
Dr. Ybarra and his staff of medical aestheticians and registered nurses help their clients’ aesthetic goals become reality with advanced nonsurgical procedures. In the state-of-the-art facility, the staff utilizes the latest medical aesthetic equipment to target wrinkles, spider veins, and skin damage. They also offer spa services such as facials, peels, and massage for both men and women.
All Star Cuts’ team of five waxing technicians draws on more than twenty years of combined experience to make depilatory missions as swift and painless as possible. In each treatment, wayward hairs are lulled into a false sense of security under plush blankets of skin-friendly wax elixirs, then uprooted and transplanted to greener pastures. The radiance of newly unveiled epidermises is maximized with a soothing application of Paul Mitchell tea-tree body moisturizer. While eyebrow shaping ($18) and upper-lip treatments ($10) claim top popularity honors, All Star Cuts’ technicians willingly defoliate a gamut of body components upon request, including underarms ($20), chins ($8), backs (price upon request), and more.
The team of aestheticians at Paradise Spa takes a holistic approach to inner and outer beauty. Staffers don’t just custom blend masks for facials and pamper feet with whirlpool baths during pedicures; they also ensure that clients’ inner health is taken care of with holistic wellness sessions that can balance chakras, develop spiritual awareness, and ease emotional blockages. The spa’s hydrotherapy sessions tend to muscles and nerves simultaneously by combining warm, bubbling waters with aromatic herbal blends of lavender, eucalyptus, and rosemary. Underwater LED color-light therapy, a contemporary healing technique, enhances the baths without the hassle of lassoing a rainbow and yanking it into the tub.
The spa’s licensed massage therapists take over to knead muscles using Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue techniques as well as to guide clients through the stretching of Thai yoga massage. During a full day at the spa, clients can pair one of these massages with a full-body exfoliation or a body wrap made with natural ingredients, such as blueberries or moor mud. The relaxation marathons unfold against the backdrop of the spa’s golden walls, potted plants, soft lighting, and quiet music.
June Shin of June's Day Spa has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, working her way along the East Coast before settling down in Corpus Christi to open her namesake spa. Her list of services includes relaxing manicure and pedicures enhanced by indulgent extras such as foot masks, hand massages, and scrubs. June can prettify nails with one of many vibrant OPI and Essie polishes or apply a special crackling formula for more artistic tips. She also administers waxing treatments to remove clients' unwanted hair, leaving smooth skin for days longer than traditional shaving.