When Luna Labarca-Norris opened Sweet Escape Salon, she sought to bring her extensive education from institutes such as Matrix, Goldwell, and Tigi to the heads and hairs of men, women, and children. She and her duo of diligent stylists always begin each cut or coloring session with a consultation that uses a mixture of photographs, conversation, and flashcards of salon vocabulary to ensure that clients achieve the look they covet. The hairdressers' expertise lies particularly in advanced coloring techniques such as balyage or multidimensional highlights.
The funky, modern interior sports huge, brightly painted portraits and a pattern of bold, black-and-white paisley on walls, throw pillows, and furniture. A small boutique deals in colorful handmade jewelry and purses with intricately layered leather blossoms decorating the exterior. Teal walls surround the more conservatively appointed salon section, which is accented by little pots and pops of flora on small tables.
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.
While The Cock & Bull Pub and Restaurant's actual bricks and mortar reside in Seabrook, its interior might as well be 5,000 miles away in a cozy corner of Manchester. The eatery's UK vibe emanates from a menu of British specialties, with chefs preparing classics including bangers and mash, fish and chips, and shepherds pie. Guests wash down these creation with pints from the generous taps, which house 55 beers suitable for any taste or occasion.
In addition to the authentic food and drinks, the pub also maintains the same communal conviviality of its cross-Atlantic cousins. Throughout the week, musicians fill the space with largely acoustic live music, with styles ranging from Scottish folk to Texas country. The proprietors also maintain an in-pub library, a cozy corner with couches where guests may retire for a light repast and a bit of scandalous rumor-mongering about the poor state of the neighbors' lands.
With Paul Mitchell Awapuhi deep-conditioning products in one hand and Babyliss European flatirons in the other, Salon Accente’s stylists reshape tresses with precision cuts and de-frizzing treatments. They’re also able to add length to locks via feather extensions and dimension to monochromatic manes with full and partial sets of highlights. Salon Accente’s beauty technicians wax unruly brows into graceful arches and tint lashes to frame peepers beautifully without the help of solid-gold sunglasses.
Amerejuve MedSpa & Cosmetic Surgery boasts 10 Houston-area locations, each decked out with state-of-the-art facilities, designed to help clients look and feel their best. Amerejuve offers medspa services such as laser hair removal, an increasingly popular way to give up waxing and shaving for good using technology that is suitable for all skin tones. Clients can also reduce the appearance of stretch marks and moderate skin color and smoothness with eMatrix, as well as slim physiques, reduce cellulite, and smooth skin with VelaShape. VASER Shape, Zerona, and CoolSculpting also assist in contouring bodies, while visages are smoothed through microdermabrasions and PhotoFacials. Amerejuve also offers injectables such as Botox, and clients can complete looks by with the store's bevy of skincare products.
Additionally, Amerejuve boasts board-certified plastic surgeons, with expertise in an array of cosmetic treatments such as face lifts, tummy tucks, liposuction, and breast augmentation, the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure offered.
The tanning specialists at SunKissed Tan know that beautiful skin isn't only about healthy color—it's also about softness, smoothness, and hydration. That's why they work to improve the overall health of each client's skin with advanced treatments. Their Hydration Station, for example, showers pelts with liquid vitamins, restoring moisture lost during UV tanning or week-long walks through the desert. FIT Bodywrap treatments detoxify skin and kick-start metabolisms with the power of infrared heat.
Once skin is vibrantly healthy, it's ready for summery color. Customers can deepen skin tone in German tanning beds with features such as mp3-player docks. For a UV-free tan, head to the Mystic HD or Versa Pro booth for a spray-tanning session.