Massage therapists employ Swedish, therapeutic, deep-tissue, trigger-point, and reflexology techniques to relax bodies and curb new and chronic pains. They dispense specialized massages for expectant mothers and individuals in hospice care. Sessions can be bolstered with the use of warmed stones, hot potatoes, and aromatherapy. In addition to massages, practitioners offer reiki sessions that rebalance the body’s chakras, and skin-softening paraffin-wax treatments.
Licensed massage therapist Marci sees massages as more than just an hour of indulgence for the privileged. For her, massages should serve as a legitimate tool for managing chronic pain. She aims to break apart internal scaring and stimulate the removal of toxins through each of her four types of massages: Swedish, deep-tissue, trigger-point therapy, and pregnancy massage.
At her eponymous salon, Kristal Mayland enhances features with makeup that neither smears nor steals a single minute from morning routines. After attending the Faust Institute of Cosmetology, she moved to San Antonio to train with renowned cosmetics instructor Terry Lively. The permanent makeup artist employs permanent pigmentation—carefully matched to each client’s skin tone—to darken brows, outline eyes, and shade lips to a rosy pink or the deep crimson of a ladybug caught not wearing her spots. In addition to applying indelible cosmetics, Mayland tames hair and waxes away unwanted fuzz.
About Face touts a wide selection of blushing basics and eye essentials in a boutique teeming with skincare and cosmetic creations crafted by more than 25 brands. Mineral makeup by Bare Escentuals harnesses natural ingredients in the form of a blemish-cloaking foundation that feigns a powdery guise but feels like a cream and tastes like tiramisu ($25). A healthy dusting of Nars blush ($27.50) plumps timid cheekbones and transforms lackluster visages into bashful beauties. Smashbox eye shadow ($23) imposes bright colors across ocular shades to ensure that peepers remain the center of attention amidst a flock of prize-winning peacocks. In addition to makeup products, About Face also carries a bouquet of skincare necessities and olfactory-rousing fragrances from the likes of Juicy Couture.
At Tangles Hair Extensions, Kellie Smith transforms short haircuts into long, flowing tresses, bypassing the years that natural growth would take. She stocks clip-in and bonded extensions in hundreds of colors, as well as attention-grabbing feather extensions. Kellie, a stylist with 18 years of experience, also trims hair into chic styles and tames frizz with Brazilian blowouts.
Sunset Spa's deforestation experts wield a liquid-based Nufree solution to clear away unwanted hair from various hirstute regions of the body. During the Brazilian wax, visitors relax in a private room as a steady-handed aesthetician uproots every last nether-feather with the botanical, wax-free serum and a gentle touch. The roughly 30- to 60-minute follicle banishing process keeps stubble at bay longer than shaving, and boosts confidence in ladyfolk as they strut around in polka-dot bikinis, underwear, or extra short wooden barrels.