Professional makeup artist Rachel Tate-Study is on a quest to make the world a more beautiful place, one face at a time. The licensed cosmetician and 23-year spa-industry veteran’s work has been seen on red carpets as well as on E’s Fashion Emergency and in the pages of Bridal Star Magazine. Utilizing vitamin-infused makeup compounds by Franché Mineral Cosmetics, she helps faces to adopt a healthy, radiant glow in time for weddings, parole hearings, and other memorable photo opportunities, and she can even lead lessons that show clients how to accentuate natural beauty using products from their own makeup bag. Her real specialty, however, is permanent makeup––a tattoo-like procedure that delivers permanent pigment to the eyelids, brows, or lips and helps clients to save time and avoid allergic reactions from conventional cosmetics. She also uses the micropigmentation technique to camouflage scars following breast-cancer surgery or other procedures, leading her to receive referrals from countless dermatologists and plastic surgeons throughout the state.
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.
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.
At BODYanew MedSpa Texas, beauty specialists enhance appearances with laser technology, using the concentrated light for various purposes from hair removal to weight-loss management. Prior to any laser treatment, a technician determines the client's aesthetic goals, drawing up a personalized plan of action. Laser light works quickly and is noninvasive, allowing patients to achieve results with little to no downtime. Under the unblinking eye of laser light, waistlines slenderize, skin rejuvenates, and questionable tattoos of a beloved lamp are temporarily blinded. Recently, the company added hydrafacials to its menu of services. Hydrafacials mimic the action of microdermabrasion, but go beyond resurfacing skin to moisturize and nourish it.
With more than 26 years of professional experience, licensed massage therapist Daniel de Guzman helps clients embrace both relaxation and relief through therapeutic massage. Ten distinct modalities pull techniques from around the world, ranging from the gentle kneads of Swedish massage to the pressure-point manipulation of Thai massage. Daniel, a licensed massage-therapy instructor who holds a master's degree in education, also imparts his knowledge to others by leading 14 courses in continuing education that cover topics such as reflexology, acupressure, and how to massage the wrinkles out of spa linens.
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.