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.
The name of this serene spa tells no tall tales: it's actually a cabana. Cast in sea-blues and greens, the nature-mimicking color motif runs from the bustling outside in, and with it brings visions of relaxing on a quiet beach. That feeling goes for the treatment rooms too, where blue walls give way to flowing white drapes and wicker furniture, plush massage beds, and live plants. Whether you prefer a Swedish or deep-tissue massage, therapists apply their healing kneads to help destress the day. An anti-aging facial can also help reduce the signs of aging, and a full-body salt exfoliation helps slough away rough skin and any stubborn barnacles.
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.
Drawing on an education that includes a doctorate from Texas Chiropractic College and a bachelor's degree in public health and human biology, Dr. Brandt L. Spies of Lordex Spine Institute treats bodies entangled by such painful conditions as herniated disks, headaches, and spinal arthritis. The doctor upgrades spinal hardware with chiropractic adjustments, and the center's squadron of licensed massage therapists tinkers on soft tissue with modalities that include Swedish, sports, and deep tissue. The institute also boasts the Lordex Lumbar Spinal Decompression System, a padded table with a knee bolster that supports prostrate patrons. During the 30-minute sessions that make use of this system, a gap in the table slowly widens, stretching spines to alleviate lower back pain and add flexibility to overstarched overalls.