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.
The padded arena inside Great Play of Cypress is a place of transformation. Through interactive activities, kids ages 6 months to 12 years old build new motor skills and develop full ranges of movement. After the Introductory Motor Skills Program, Great Play's instructors help kids learn coordination and agility, which will come into play during sports. Great Play also hosts Zumba for Kids, Birthday Parties, and a Parents' Night Out. For the latter, Great Play's kids experts supervise and occupy children while moms and dads go out on dates or stay at home and play with Legos.
The technicians at Envogue Spa & Salon accentuate epidermises with traditional salon and spa services as well as medical-grade skincare. They dote on prized locks with haircuts, styling, and highlights, and banish unwanted fuzz via threading and waxing services using natural azulene cream wax. Their facials heal and brighten complexions to better attract the attention of jumbotron operators. For more stubborn imperfections, clinical skin treatments promise a respite from warts and skin tags using radioactive therapy and cryotherapy.
With more than 25 years of styling experience, Ms. Shalini—a certified cosmetologist and skincare specialist who has studied beauty in the United States and India—envisioned a tranquil beauty oasis when she founded Instyle Beauty Salon. Today, along with Ms. Tamina, a certified cosmetologist, hairstyling specialist, and a graduate of New York’s Aveda Institute, Ms. Shalini pampers customers with spa and beauty services in a hair salon and three private treatment rooms.
In the Buddha room, tranquil statues oversee massages and facials under the soft light of candles and paper lamps. In the Village room, hanging lanterns illuminate rustic art as customers recline for facial treatments. Waxing and cleaning treatments populate the Garden room, which cheers clients with fresh flowers that commiserate amicably with freshly plucked hairs.
Creating a fun and festive environment that dazzles wide-eyed youngsters, Snip-its takes the stress out of maintaining the locks of jittery tykes. A kid-friendly staff maintains manes while ensuring safety—which is of paramount concern—by providing chairs especially designed for miniature adults. During the cut, melted crayons and various knickknacks are snipped away from tussled noodle nests, leaving hairs as fresh as the day they were born. While the follicular wreckage is brushed off, children can play with a bounty of activities and games. With so much to keep young eyes occupied, the atmosphere almost feels like that inside the house that Ruth built—Disneyland.
What started as a beauty shop operating out of Aisha Khalid's home has now, 20 years later, blossomed into 10 full-service, women-only salons. The aestheticians at Aisha's Salon & Spa were some of the first to bring threading to the faces of Houston ladies, whisking away unruly brows, chin fuzz, and emperor-tamarin mustaches with a thin cotton filament. For body depilation, they turn to traditional waxing, and body polishes and facials leave skin rejuvenated and smooth. Stylists trim, straighten, and color tresses, and makeup artists apply finishing touches with traditional or airbrush products.