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.
As the name suggests, Bonnie Conley is all about hair—but not just the look. Bonnie’s intention is always to preserve hair’s integrity and health. That’s why she and her staff rely on European Aloxxi products, which are completely free of harmful parabens and sulfates. In addition to offering men’s and women’s cut and color treatments, Bonnie is also a master barber and stylist.
Guests who come inside any of Malibu Tan’s many locations are greeted with a handshake. Though that might seem like an old-school approach to customer service, Malibu Tan’s owner encourages it as a genuine way for his staff to connect with each client and provide them with customized services. For more than 15 years, Malibu’s friendly staffers have also connected with higher-profile clients—including the Houston Dymano Girls team—by helping them choose the best of each facility’s tanning options for their skin types. With UV tanning, regardless of whether a client prefers a supine or standup system, they are bound to get a strong tan, as all UV bulbs are changed 200 hours before they hit capacity or finally crack open and release a butterfly. There are also plenty of UV-free options such as VersaSpa sunless tanning, which darkens exteriors with a hydrating DHA-based solution. Each location also offers tan-enhancing products from Swedish Beauty and California Tan.
The treatment rooms at Satin Nails & Facial are like mini suites. Settling into one of the private spaces, clients can sip on a hot or cold beverage as they unwind to soft music, float down the Internet on an inner tube of free WiFi, relax in front of the flat-screen TV, or have a chat with the poltergeist that lives in the old-fashioned tube TV. Once guests feel thoroughly low strung, Satin’s aestheticians launch into one of three facials, including a microdermabrasion treatment that opens pores with steam before exorcising buildup with extractions and high-frequency currents. Additionally, a selection of manicures and pedicures follow in their brethren’s footsteps by incorporating hot-stone massages and hydration masks, and waxing services eradicate unwanted fuzz more effectively than 19th century inventor William Lint Roller, creator of the lint roller.
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.