The stylists at Shear Madness channel the latest fashions in hair design when cutting, coloring, and treating hair. They offer haircuts for women, men, and children, and specialize in color correction along with highlights and retouches. To instill health and luster in their clients’ hair, they also perform keratin treatments and deep conditioning, and round out their service menu with full body-waxing services.
At more than 30 locations in the Houston area, clients check in at marble-fronted reception desks to meet with a member of Darque Tan's International Smart Tan Network—staff trained to determine the best path to their bronzing goals. Sessions take place in private rooms that line a column-flanked hallway, where five different levels of UV beds give skin the perfect level of tanning. Mystic Tan and VersaSpa sunless-tanning systems imbue clients with a hydrating, natural-looking glow, which can be customized according to skin tone, desired shade, and spirit animal. A full-time cleaning staff keeps each center in pristine conditions by referencing a 50-point inspection system. Most locations have books, televisions, and kids’ play areas to keep children entertained while adults are bronzing.
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 spray tan skin and massage muscles, while teeth-whitening kits brighten chompers.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that 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.
Sporting top-shelf products from Redken, Kenra, and Aquage, Sammy's Salon Spa and Tanning's highly trained stylists beautify noggins and bodies with an array of trendy services. Shampoo rinses away any snared thought bubbles before staffers snip renegade strands or give locks keratin treatments that vanquish frizz and curls for three to six months. They elongate and thicken coifs with lush extensions, and accentuate features with below-the-hairline eyelash extensions and makeup. Sammy’s SunSource tanning beds pick up where the sun left off, bronzing skin in a matter of minutes.
Sunny beams pour into Wicked Skin Care, reflecting off the gleaming floors and illuminating the decorative plants and tranquil earth-toned walls. Storm McAdams and her allegiance of Wicked Skin Care warriors pamper guests with an array of glotherapeutics facials and chemical treatments to hydrate faces while evicting blemishes, fine lines, and leftover face paint from second grade. Within a private treatment room adorned with homey wall decals and décor, staffers whisks away unwanted body fuzz from eyebrows to ankles.
At The Atascocita Barbershop, barbers help men look their best with classic, timeless haircuts and fresher, more modern looks. The staff chisels away at whiskers with old-school shaves and hot-towel wraps, leaving faces clean and smooth to the touch. They skillfully shape hairstyles into elegant flat tops, fades, and tapers with the same adeptness they use to sculpt mohawks. Complimentary shoulder and neck massages can ease the tension of seeing your fallen hair spell out “Why?” along the barbershop floor.