Stylist Janna won’t let you leave the salon with your head down. To ensure her clients exit with confidence, she brings to bear skill in precision haircuts and coloring services. Certified in Platinum Seamless and Fusion hair extensions, she also can add length and fullness to hair, or give a supercomputer hair to make it less intimidating. Janna works alongside more than 20 beauty professionals who offer facials, massages, Magic Tan services, and hairstyling with Bed Head, Redken, and Tigi products. The team works between yellow dividers, which create individual, semiprivate beauty stations, and a small boutique sells costume jewelry, crosses, candles, and skincare items.
Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, and Marilyn Monroe live on at Lavish Necessities. They're present in the eye bat of every woman who bears a set of eyelash extensions inspired by the timeless beauties. Whereas the Betty set matches Bette's au natural glamour, the Audrey extensions look like hers did—as if they've been coated with just a touch of mascara. Marilyn lashes, on the other hand, evoke the bombshell by framing eyes in lush, striking fringe that's impossible to ignore. Clients can augment freshly adorned faces with subtle airbrush tans.
Bubblegum pink. Sugary treats. Rhinestones and glitter. Sweet & Sassy's stylists pamper heads during mini-spa treatments spun with these elements. As tots lounge on colorful pillows, kid-calibrated manicures and pedicures bejewel hands and feet with sparkly nail art and rings. Facials enhance features with gentle, sweet-smelling concoctions, and ear-piercing services add appropriate glint to kids' faces. For birthday parties, celebrants can arrive in the spa’s pink limousine before strutting down the runway in Sweet & Sassy’s glittery gowns.
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.
In his 16 years of hairstyling experience, Mark Harmon has seen a lot of fads come and go. So rather than simply copy a trend, he works closely with his clients to come up with individual styles that will make them feel beautiful but still work with their particular lifestyle. But while his innovative methods and intense training make him adept at styling, coloring, or designing updos on the fly, he understands that many clients have trouble verbalizing their desires, and so he encourages clients to bring in pictures of hairstyles or celebrity mug shots in order to help direct their service.