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.
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.
Tan Makers transforms sun-shy epidermises into a beach-ready bronze with a suite of tanning options. Experienced technicians apply the UV-free Norvell custom airbrush tan, which lends natural, even color to lusterless skin for about seven days. Four levels of UV tanning offer a range of bronzing intensities, beginning at the level-one Ultra Sun bed, which bestows skin with subtle color. The level-four Velocity bed amps up solar wattage with four high-pressure bulbs that darken skin to a radiant brown, imparting unstoppable hide-and-seek success in bronze-statue museums. Complete epidermal renovations in the Hydration Station, a special skincare capsule that blankets the body in radiant heat and steam to moisturize and detox its superficial layers. Time in the capsule can soften skin, deepen tans, and infuse moisture deep into cellular layers, leaving bodies as radiant as a phosphorescent shrimp on its wedding day.
Tipico Cafe's menu spills over with Latin American flair. Following Honduran tradition, servers slide complimentary pan de coco—or coconut bread—onto tables before every meal. Appetizers, such as the towering pyramid of crabmeat, avocado, and mango found in the Tipico tropical stack, precede meaty entrees accompanied by rice and beans, plantains, and Salvadorian cheese and cream. Freshly prepared dishes team up with the café's music and decor to create an authentic Latin cultural experience. To complement meals, a BYOB policy lets diners park a favorite bottle of wine or jetpack fueled by beer right at their table.
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.