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.
With Paul Mitchell Awapuhi deep-conditioning products in one hand and Babyliss European flatirons in the other, Salon Accente’s stylists reshape tresses with precision cuts and de-frizzing treatments. They’re also able to add length to locks via feather extensions and dimension to monochromatic manes with full and partial sets of highlights. Salon Accente’s beauty technicians wax unruly brows into graceful arches and tint lashes to frame peepers beautifully without the help of solid-gold sunglasses.
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.
Visions Salon and Spa's owner Shirley Manulak arrives at work each day determined to fulfill her customers’ cosmetic needs. “We just wanted to have a relaxing, friendly atmosphere. We want to shampoo away some of your stress,” she told Y.C. Orozco of the Pasadena Citizen. Armed with 35 years of experience as a cosmetology instructor and a skilled staff, her salon offers an array of aesthetic services, including manicures, pedicures, and hairstyling in a salon renovated after Manulak bought it two years ago. Like jazz bands that are serious about their craft, the staff steam cleans all of their instruments with autoclaves and medical-grade disinfectant.
At t'nt Hair & Spa, beauty experts pamper clients with haircare and spa services. Along with haircuts and coloring treatments, the stylists also transform hair with sew-in or glue-in extensions. Massage-therapy options help alleviate stress, and facials freshen up complexions by addressing individual skincare concerns. Makeup applications, eyelash extensions, and teeth-whitening services are also available to amplify clients' new looks.
Harmony Wellness & Spa exudes tranquility from the moment guests walk through its doors. Soothing scents waft throughout the cool-toned space that's accented by orchids and other potted plants, setting the stage for a host of serene beauty and wellness services.
Dermalogica skincare treatments include an exfoliating botanical peel and facials enhanced by firming seaweed and anti-aging caviar masks. Clients can also indulge in mani-pedis with skin-softening paraffin wraps and invigorating sugar scrubs, as well as shellac polish, which stays chip-free for up to 14 days no matter how many times they run their fingers through a coworker's luxurious hair.
Harmony Wellness & Spa offers detoxifying programs in various lengths, too. For 7, 14, or 21 days, patrons use NutriClean cleansing systems in conjunction with BioSlimming wraps to rid their bodies of impurities.