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.
Clusters of softly lit spotlights beam over the comfortable, armchair-style styling chairs at Brazil In Drops Salon & Spa, located in the League City surrounding area. Amid the flattering lighting, hairstylists who specialize in Brazilian keratin treatments thwart frizz and tame unwanted curls or revamp styles with expert cut and color treatments, fortified by Pureology products.
Aestheticians man private spa rooms, where they tend to skin with rejuvenating facials, ultrasonic contouring face-lifts, and bikini waxes that use organic wax. They also call attention to clients' best features with airbrush makeup, lash extensions, and huge cardboard arrows.
Kemah Bella Spa caresses and coddles weary bone covers in an attractive cottage-style home that dates back to the early 1900s. Expert ache eliminators disperse stress clusters during the relaxation massage using a multipronged approach, lulling kinks into a daze with aromatherapy and hot towels before whisking them away with their dexterous digits. The Bellissimo face treatment applies a gentle herbal cleanser and exfoliant designed to wipe out slacking skin cells. An all-natural mud mask rehydrates a parched face faster than white milk on rice. To conclude the spasperience, clients hop into a robe and slippers and grab a cup of herbal brew or grapey adult beverage to sip during the nail-rehabbing mani-pedi.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
At Fit Spa, massage therapists and aestheticians work in tandem to soothe muscle aches and clarify complexions with a full roster of day-spa services. Hot-towel-enhanced reflexology or a pore-cleansing facial revive clients more effectively than a wake-up-call from a swarm of yellow jackets.