Penny Primeaux has had a passion for holistic wellness for more than 20 years. A love of aromatherapy and Eastern philosophy lured her into caring for others with alternative therapies, which she does daily at Bella Luna Holistic Spa. Inside a charming peach Victorian-style house, Penny nudges her clients toward tranquility with services such as Ayurvedic chakra balancing, crystal therapy, and Hylunia facials. Her skincare services are fueled with organic and vegan ingredients that are safe and effective for sensitive and aging skin types. Bella Luna's menu also includes massages, bridal makeup, body jeweling, and body-jewel pillaging.
The founder of Health & Beauty By Design is not only an avid student of holistic therapies, she's also a licensed massage therapist, aesthetician, and natural health practitioner. For more than 35 years, she has dedicated her talents toward improving the vitality and beauty of others. She selects the purest ingredients for massages and skincare treatments, integrating therapeutic-grade essential oils and botanical emollients whenever possible.
Dr. Christine S. Cheng honed her expertise in anti-aging during two separate clinical professorship appointments in the University of Texas medical-school system. Now, as head of Elite Medical Skin and Laser Center, she supervises a team of highly trained technicians as they wield microcrystals, lasers, and gentle chemical solutions in the quest to boost beauty. The center partners with glo therapeutics, whose pharmaceutical-grade products power services that can be adapted to treat such common skin problems as lack of hydration and excess coal-mine soot. These kisser polishings take place in sunny yellow treatment rooms, where technicians also target fat cells with the vacuum-assisted radiofrequency of Elite body contouring and attack pesky hair follicles and spider veins with blasts from a laser.
To firm up sagging jowls, you wouldn’t normally think to visit a massage therapist. But in addition to soothing aches with Swedish and deep-tissue modalities, Rena Dearman combats signs of aging with a transforming face-lift massage—a technique that helps boost circulation to give skin a firmer, more radiant appearance. Relaxation is still a big part of her mission, however, and she delivers it through luxurious extras such as heated stones and foot scrubs.
Maquillage Pro Beauty specializes in organic and heated airbrush tanning, helping bodies go from pallid to sun-kissed without exposure to harmful UV rays. Carefully trained technicians evenly tan hides from head to toe at locations in The Woodlands, Austin, or The Heights, or travel to their clients to help them get beach-bound in the privacy of their own home sandbox. The hue-shifting experts can also draw added attention to bronzed contours with optional add-on treatments such as glow-enhancing glitter drops or scent drops—a more practical alternative to last season's popular scratch-and-sniff body suits.
Tucked away inside a private room at Posh Salons, independent master stylist Jessica Perez-Paez sculpts and colors hair with an eye toward making clients look and feel their best. She’s a Matrix-certified colorist but will blend in Redken and Paul Mitchell products for more dynamism. Other specialties include keratin smoothing treatments, perms, and the application of hair extensions to lengthen ponytails or pet ponies’ tails.
Kelly Thompson knows a thing or two about handling stress. For five years she served as a police/fire/911 dispatch operator, an occupation that demanded Kelly keep a calm, relaxed head while she coached people in crisis through harrowing situations with gentle reassurance and ample empathy. Once Kelly had a taste for bringing calm to stressed-out, overtaxed people, she sought a way to apply her talent elsewhere. Kelly shifted her focus to the hands-on massage field, earned her license, and opened up Kneading Massage Today’s relaxing oasis. Her previous experience in throwing people emotional life rafts informs her current practice, as Kelly both receives clients at her spa location and totes her massage chair to offices to ease the collective shoulders of employees and the sore necks of their desktop bobble-heads. As she saturates muscles with Swedish and deep-tissue massages, her clients get a blissful reprieve from muscle tension and mental stress. Treatments include doubly soothing accouterments including hot stones and aromatherapy.