For more than decade, clients have visited Avalon Skin Care & Today's Massage Clinic for spa services and counseling from state-certified skincare professionals. Inside a spacious treatment room bedecked with upholstered furniture and framed licenses, experts reinvigorate appearances with services including facials, body wraps, and eye treatments. Avalon's staff uses, as well as sells, brand-name skincare products from Image Skincare, A-Cute Derm, and Biofreeze. Services that go beyond the skin fall into the realms of massage, nailcare, informal SAT prep, and hairstyling.
A license in cosmetology isn't enough for a stylist to hit the floor at T'nT Concept Salon—they also have to go through the salon's own training program. After that, they have all of the skills necessary to perform the services on the salon's menu, which include haircuts, conditioning treatments, beard trims, extensions, updos, permanent waves, and smoothing keratin treatments. The salon also houses a color bar, where the staff mixes hues for highlights and all-over color treatments and where many Crayola crayons mistakenly go for a drink.
Doctor of Chiropractic Mark W. Hill and a team of experienced and licensed massage therapists dispense chiropractic adjustments, cold laser therapy treatments, and massages to help alleviate his patients' achy backs and joints. As a specialist in sports medicine, Dr. Hill and his team also work to heal sports injuries that range from hard hits in football to excessive cramping from speed-knitting competitions.
She Beauty Studio owner Maria E. Garza—a 14-year beauty-industry veteran—began her foray into the business as a makeup artist for companies such as Lancôme and Chanel. She subsequently expanded her repertoire by studying aesthetics and skin physiology at Austin's Nuvani Skin Institute and by working alongside doctors and plastic surgeons to learn the intricacies of laser treatments and chemical peels. At her Seabrook beauty spa, she lends her expertise to clients with services ranging from spa facials, eyelash extensions, and waxing services to microdermabrasion treatments that slough off dead skin cells, giving the skin a smooth, firm appearance without covering it in marble.
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.