The skilled scissor hands at HeadWaves transform tresses within a contemporary salon setting, using products such as Wella, Moroccanoil, Paul Mitchell, and Schwarzkopf. Before beginning, the master hair designers will perform an image consulting to foreshadow your future head foliage. Then, the savvy clippers give hair a careful cut to control its natural tendency to take the shape of the nearest animal. Those hankering for a heightened hue can opt for complementary highlights, which add luscious texture to locks. After the tress transformation, hair stylists will style hair and leave customers with a fancy ’do that attracts the attention of roommates, coworkers, and bald mannequins.
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.
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 Swedish Beauty and California Tan.
The five licensed massage therapists at Portal Bodyworks include a certified personal trainer, a Zumba instructor, a qi-gong specialist, a newspaper health-section editor, and an Ayurvedic practitioner. Members of the well-rounded team each bring their own flourishes to the massage table, where custom treatments begin with a predetermined modality—Swedish, pregnancy are adapted to best relieve a client's discomfort or tension. Aside from private-room table massages, Portal Bodyworks also offers walk-in chair massages in 15-minute increments, allowing clients to slip beneath a pair of soothing hands during lunch or while they are waiting for their drummer to finish a solo.
Shear Genius Hair Salon’s owner Leila Albanna stocks only top products from the likes of Redken, Pureology, and Mizani, which are deployed during a full spectrum of haircut and coloring services. Leila and her passionate stylists effortlessly enact a coiffure to match your unique personality, face shape, or rhinestoned tiara.