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.
The stylists at Milan’s Hair Studio pride themselves on their talent and versatility. With a finely honed eye for personal style and a willingness to stray from the cookie-cutter mold, they fashion haircuts for clients of all ethnicities and hair types, embellishing each client’s features. Their ears do the listening as their hands do the work. Depending on the client's wishes, they customize coloring schemes that range from natural hues to dramatic tones. And on top of cutting and coloring, the stylists offer relaxers, fasten extensions, and apply keratin treatments that add a smooth, shiny luster to hairdos and bungee cords.
Sunny beams pour into Wicked Skin Care, reflecting off the gleaming floors and illuminating the decorative plants and tranquil earth-toned walls. Storm McAdams and her allegiance of Wicked Skin Care warriors pamper guests with an array of glotherapeutics facials and chemical treatments to hydrate faces while evicting blemishes, fine lines, and leftover face paint from second grade. Within a private treatment room adorned with homey wall decals and décor, staffers whisks away unwanted body fuzz from eyebrows to ankles.
Southern Exposure Waxing and Skincare’s trained aestheticians work seven days a week to keep skin moisturized and free of blemishes. Their waxing and airbrush-tanning services result in smooth complexions that exude their own natural glow, whereas makeup applications can add a seductive tint to eyes and lips. Just as they survey cheeks to determine the perfect shade of makeup, the aestheticians thoroughly analyze skin before selecting the products to use in their custom facials. These facials can address many issues that arise from aging, including fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and a buildup of several decades’ worth of Halloween masks.
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.