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.
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.
As clients step inside a massage treatment room at Body Logic Massage, soft lighting pairs with a hint of aromatherapy to set the stage for sublime relaxation. For all initial sessions, the massage therapist consults with the client to review health history and help ensure optimal results. Massages are available in durations ranging from 15 to 90 minutes, and clients can opt to undress completely, remain fully clothed, or wear an old suit of armor—whichever is most comfortable. In addition to traditional massage sessions, Body Logic Massage also offers ear-candling services and chair massages.
The stylists at Vita Dulce by Celia tweak and transform hairstyles with beauty products by top brands such as Paul Mitchell, Redken, Aquage, and Kenra. Partial highlights add dimension to ‘dos, and perms make hair curl the way scary dreams or poorly designed rollerblades make toes curl. Hair caretakers cut the locks of both men and women, and they also tame children’s floppy mop tops. Earth-toned floors and walls surround the salon's front desk and private service rooms, which feature padded styling chairs and full-body mirrors that allow clients to monitor their heels for hot-foot pranks.