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.
On the surface, Anew MediSpa looks like an upscale spa, with a homey waiting room decked out in hardwood furniture and sunny yellow paint. The services fit the bill, too: traditional facials, waxing, and massage therapy among them. However, the center boasts a medical director, Dr. Ashley Chin, who personally administers all injections of Botox and Juvéderm. It's her medical expertise, paired with the center's state-of-the-art technology, that gives Anew its edge.
Dr. Chin oversees the safety of the med spa's laser treatments, which include hair and spider-vein removal, skin tightening, photofacials, and acne treatments. Despite the reliance on technology, Dr. Chin and her team of aestheticians are personally invested in each treatment, maintaining a professional-and-inviting atmosphere that makes clients feel at ease.
Joanne Davidson entered the cosmetology industry in 1997, and she still hasn't gotten tired of hearing clients exclaim, "I look and feel great!" As the owner of Styles by Joanne, she draws on styling skills learned at Toni&Guy Academy in Dallas to craft stunning haircuts for men, women, children, and teens. Well aware that a stylist is only as good as the tools at her disposal, Joanne regularly returns to Toni&Guy to learn about the latest products and techniques. She does whatever she can to make her clients happy, listening closely to their desires and giving them time to say a tearful goodbye to their strands.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Haircuts, updos, and coloring services
Brands Used: Kendra
For a long time, getting a much sought after sun-kissed glow meant lying outside for hours or taking tedious trips to the tanning salon. At Maquillage Pro Beauty’s three locations, they’ve discovered a better way. There, trained technicians skillfully wield airbrushes, custom-crafting natural-looking tans that don’t require exposure to the harmful effects of UV-rays. In addition to their traditional spray tans, they also offer sessions with the Evolv. system, which mitigate the chilly nature of most airbrushing systems with a heated, tea-tree-oil-enriched solution.
Aveda Institute graduate Kandice is the brains behind the beautification at ikandi Skin and Lash Studio. Fueled by Image Skincare products, her facial treatments cater to visages, whether they need moisturizing, exfoliating, or smoothing. Fuller eyelashes complement dewy skin after Kandice enhances them with semi-permanent synthetic mink lashes, for a thicker look without brushing on mascara or force-feeding each lash. Conversely, she'll also remove hair where it has outstayed its welcome with waxing sessions.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder—but, as Becky Dinino knows, it’s also in the skincare regimen of the beheld. A licensed aesthetician for almost three decades, she uses her talents to brighten complexions at her spa, Wellness Spa Salon, with skin services ranging from microdermabrasion to acne treatments to her grandma’s famous cheek pinch. The spa team also soothes bodies with three styles of massage, as well as body wraps that can slim circumferences. And each treatment is performed with a focus on relaxation according to Becky’s philosophy that when things get stressful, the best thing to do is relax.