Guests who come inside any of Malibu Tan?s many locations are greeted with a handshake. Though that might seem like an old-school approach to customer service, Malibu Tan?s owner encourages it as a genuine way for his staff to connect with each client and provide them with customized services. For more than 15 years, Malibu?s friendly staffers have also connected with higher-profile clients?including the Houston Dymano Girls team?by helping them choose the best of each facility?s tanning options for their skin types. With UV tanning, regardless of whether a client prefers a supine or standup system, they are bound to get a strong tan, as all UV bulbs are changed 200 hours before they hit capacity or finally crack open and release a butterfly. There are also plenty of UV-free options such as VersaSpa sunless tanning, which darkens exteriors with a hydrating DHA-based solution. Each location also offers tan-enhancing products from Designer Skin and California Tan.
Zen Massage’s friendly licensed therapists knead muscles back into doughy bliss with 80 minutes of connective strokes. Swedish massage is one of the most popular types of knead, stimulating circulation and reducing emotional and physical stress by melting tense muscles like the sun melts scoops of ice cream. Each massage is customized to patient preferences, so therapists can use light, medium, or firm pressure. Hot stones placed along stressed areas allow for the release of deeply buried tension, while aromatherapy uses blended essential oils to calm the senses. At the close of the massage, therapists wrap customers in hot towels, allowing the sultry heat to melt newly-plied muscles into non-hydrogenated muscle butter.
Signature Service: Shampoo and style
Brands Used: Nairobi
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: There is a short wait time.
The sweet irony of becoming a stylist is that no matter how good you are, you can never give yourself a haircut. What do you look for in a stylist when you need a trim?
I look for how healthy their hair is.
What's the biggest mistake you see clients make when they style their hair at home?
Under- and over-processing.
If the apocalypse ever comes, what low-maintenance hairstyle would you recommend for the foraging person on-the-go?
Short, all-natural cut, all-natural curl set, or braids.
The aestheticians at Miracle Lashes help clients find peace of mind by providing quick fixes as well as semi-permanent solutions for a range of cosmetic concerns. With more than 18 years of experience, the salon's permanent makeup artist can add definition and shape to brows and lips. For a less permanent solution, airbrush-makeup services also help even out skin tone for special occasions by concealing acne scars and birthmarks.
Elsewhere in the studio, stylists and colorists?all personally trained by hair-care maven Kim V??create eye-catching hairdos using ammonia-free products that leave heads looking healthy and lustrous. They also apply individual lash extensions to create a similarly dramatic new look around the eyes. Additionally, Miracle Lashes offers full-body skincare treatments intended to hydrate, nourish, and exfoliate the skin.
Originally an interior designer and color coordinator, Nisha realized she was meant to design hair when her cousin's makeup artist fell ill the day of her wedding and Nisha stepped in to save the day. She already had the fundamentals??her interior design experience taught her to listen to the client, visualize the whole picture, and customize. It's now 20 years since that wedding and Nisha's still at it at Nisha's Salon. She's hand picked a team of aestheticians and stylists, and together they design and color hair in a way that embellishes each client's individual features such as the shape of their face and the color of their eyes. They also offer facials, waxing, and makeup.
Don't let the impressive lines of pedicure chairs fool you––Bella Spatique tends to more than just the toes. Facials, massages, waxing, and eyelash extensions help clients to meet aesthetic goals that go beyond their hands and feet. Using products from Guinot and Glymed, aestheticians perform european, teen, and anti-aging facials that leave the skin as fresh as a salad eaten directly from your garden in the middle of the night. The nail care, though, is nothing to sniff at, with a certified Master Pedicurist on hand to assist clients living with diabetic foot conditions, and complimentary client boxes store implements in a medical-grade autoclave until their next visit.