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.
Within Oni Hair Studio lies a space called the Lather Lounge. Set off from the main salon, the room invites clients to relax with a drink while basking in the twinkly light of a chandelier or making contorted faces into a mirror framed in ornate moulding. Glam decorative touches extend throughout the salon, helping to uphold owner Shawn Dyer's goal to provide every guest with a relaxing retreat.
Oni Hair Studio is a multicultural salon, with stylists who are proud of their ability to work with all types of hair. They offer salon services such as natural transitioning, extensions, and haircuts that flatter brain shape, educating clients on how to maintain looks at home. Beyond working with hair, Oni's team also relieves guests' tension through massage.
Green Apple Salon owner Anthony Skoog knows a thing or two about the Matrix haircare line. He has worked as a Matrix master artistic educator for more than 20 years, traveling as far as Mexico and India to train other stylists. Skoog has also reportedly sculpted celebrity coifs and appeared on reality TV.
The salon specializes in corrective color services that employ Matrix products, and they trim locks with dry cutting, a styling technique first adopted by Oscar Wilde. They pinpoint every stray strand and split end in the bright natural light that filters through the loft studio's windows.
Believing that beautiful hair can change a person's whole look, stylist Paola Franco performs an array of fashion-forward cuts and rich color services. At A'Foils Design—nested within Sammy's Salon & Spa—she specializes in foiling highlights and lowlights with wax papers, with which she can bring out subtle color in hair that flatters faces and is easier to find when lost in a haystack. Alongside expert salon styling, she provides facial waxing, special occasion up-dos, and Keratin Complex treatments, which gloss frizzy hair into sleek, silky submission. With a huge percentage of Paola's business coming from repeat clients and referrals, this popular hair spot is always bustling, yet Paola is never too busy to take the time to find out exactly what her clients want.
Owner and artistic director Charles Moyse started his career at the original Dessange Paris salon in France, where he designed award-winning cuts and updos for international hair styling competitions. He brought his signature hair design techniques to the U.S. in 1995 and opened his own salon in 2002. His design team now coifs Houstonians at the Dessange Paris Salon on Memorial Drive in River Oaks. The salon’s interior is modern and elegant, with stark white walls mixing harmoniously with black accents and hanging lights. Along with Parisian-influenced cuts, spa treatments from full body wraps to rejuvenating facials are also offered on-site. Special occasion makeup sessions and bridal consultations are available as well.
A cast of deft stylists—each well-equipped to handle any and every hair type in Houston—works inside J. Minyon & Company’s self-proclaimed “multicultural” salon, welcoming clients for one-on-one consultations before reshaping coifs into flattering, yet manageable, ’dos. Aside from the basic snips and trims, the team alters hair textures with perms and smoothing treatments by CHI, arranges strands into elegant updos, and enhances sheen, dimension, and taste with color glazing. Pale yellow walls surround chocolate-hued styling chairs and decorative accents, and bottles of Paul Mitchell, Mizani, and Affirm products wait to pounce on stressed hair and unsuspecting combs amid the vibrant red hues of the shampoo area.