Nate of Beauty by Nate reinvents clients from the neck up with a variety of hair-care services. Appointments begin with a quick discussion of what a client wants in their new ‘do, be it long sweeping layers, a chic bob, or a comfortable nest for their pet robin. From there, Nate uses scissors, color treatments, and relaxers to transform tired looks into chic, new styles. Beyond haircuts and color treatments, he can also smooth curls and battle frizz with original or express Keratin Smoothing treatments.
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 Designer Skin and California Tan.
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 whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning 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.
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.
Charlotte Williams, doesn't just want to create exquisite hairstyles for her clients?she wants to give them a better look than anyone else could, including the Genie from Disney's Aladdin and Ice Cube's character from Disney's Barbershop. She has successfully honed this competitive nature in haircutting battles in the United States and abroad, where she scored accolades for her cuts, colors, and styles.
Today, Charlotte inspires her stylists to satisfy each client as they twist hair into updos, relax stressed hair, and touch up color, in addition to a host of other salon services. Charlotte and her staff members are also color educators who specialize in Enjoy professional haircare products, which are organic, vegan, and designed to be gentle on sensitive skin, unlike the business end of a pro wrestler's hand.
Armed with their own brand of natural-looking and colorful lashes that last for two to four weeks, Amazing Lash Studio’s aestheticians expertly gussy up eye regions. Within the warm-toned boutique, staffers individually attach the synthetic fibers to lashes 1 millimeter from the skin with a pharmaceutical-grade adhesive, creating a lush lash line without damaging natural lashes. Each fiber is curled to seamlessly double as a natural lash, and clients can wear the extensions in water or apply salon-approved mascara 48 hours after application. To keep flirty appearances going strong, aestheticians fill out thinning lashes after one to four weeks during touchup sessions. They also use their follicle-wrangling skills in the salon's threading and waxing treatments, which carefully groom brows and depilate faces of unwanted hair.