Every time Linda Dang performs a facial, she tweaks her method slightly to account for the differences in individual skin types. A licensed medical aesthetician with more than 14 years expertise in anti-aging skincare, she offers more than a dozen facial treatments, including microdermabrasion, LED light therapy, dermaculture Iontophoresis, and chemical peels. The variety of treatments ensures that she can offer her clients options for all skin types when they want to combat acne, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, or overexposure to the sun. She also offers other cosmetic services, including permanent-makeup applications, micropigmentation, eyebrow tinting, and mole removal. Semipermanent eyelash extensions elongate natural lashes to eliminate the need for mascara and eyelash curlers, and can last indefinitely with proper home care and regular touch-ups.
At more than 30 locations in the Houston area, clients check in at marble-fronted reception desks to meet with a member of Darque Tan's International Smart Tan Network—staff trained to determine the best path to their bronzing goals. Sessions take place in private rooms that line a column-flanked hallway, where five different levels of UV beds give skin the perfect level of tanning. Mystic Tan and VersaSpa sunless-tanning systems imbue clients with a hydrating, natural-looking glow, which can be customized according to skin tone, desired shade, and spirit animal. A full-time cleaning staff keeps each center in pristine conditions by referencing a 50-point inspection system. Most locations have books, televisions, and kids’ play areas to keep children entertained while adults are bronzing.
The facials at Facelogic Spa aim to make people feel like they're floating. Not just because of the soothing products used or the aestheticians' massage techniques, but because every client sits in a cloud-like zero-gravity recliner during their service. Unlike a traditional massage table, these chairs elevate legs to take stress off the spine and make the body feel as if it's hovering like a slice of cucumber on an air-hockey table.
While clients are suspended in this stress-free state, aestheticians tend to professional-strength skincare with a roster of masks, peels, and serums. Advanced options include chemical peels to brighten, resurface, and exfoliate faces.
Dr. Shelena Lalji has donned many capes throughout her career, including wife, mother, and women's health advocate, She practiced as a board-certified OB/GYN until opening her own facility in 2006, when she realized a patient's well-being isn't just a collection of lab results, but rather a balance of mind, body, and spirit.
Today, alongside a team of hand-selected professionals, Dr. Shel is focused on this holistic approach, administering a range of services divided into aesthetic and wellness needs. Inside Dr. Shel's center, a floor-to-ceiling water feature greets visitors, and soft lighting splashes across the artwork lining hallway walls, treatment rooms, and back-room portal into Space Jam.
Skinrevite is sensitive to sensitive skin. The center's Delphia Del Sol microdermabrasion equipment is built to give clients a choice: they can undergo regular crystal exfoliation, or they can choose crystal-free abrasive pads that are less likely to scratch thin or irritable skin. To multiply the effects of these treatments, the center also performs mini chemical facials, which diminish wrinkles and fine lines on the face without erasing the treasure map a pirate drew there when he couldn't find any scrap parchment. A particular specialty of the center is laser hair removal, which it adapts to each client's hair color and skin type to maximize its effectiveness.
Aside from pampering her clientele, Kalologie Medspa founder Tracy Brennan fills her business's shelves with a signature line of sulfate- and paraben-free products, which earned her spa a nod from Elle in 2008 as one of "the 10 best beauty boutiques for hard-to-find products." Aestheticians nourish visages with salutary facials that can include steam exfoliation or fruit enzymes. Additionally, trained med-spa technicians can refine appearances with injectables or IPL treatments, which employ a Palomar StarLux laser system as they target hyperpigmented blemishes or unsightly follicles with controlled pulses of laser light energy.