Nailing a job interview, taking a spiritual retreat, and heading out for a night with friends?these disparate activities all work to boost one?s Oola. Fun to say and satisfying to achieve, you attain Oola when several core factors of your life are thriving. Oola might mean that you?re feeling good about your fitness level, finances, career, faith, or relationship with your family, friends, and ant-farm residents. The folks at Oola hope to boost Oola levels nationwide by helping their clients map out their life?s goals and how they will go about achieving them. The service also boosts Oola quotients by introducing their members to cool businesses and offering discounts on services including massages, fitness, and mani-pedis.
Since 1989, the mane-maintaining mavens at Variations Hair Salon have transformed dull strands into enviable displays of put-togetherness with professional cuts and smart stylings for men, women, and children. During each appointment, a rejuvenating shampoo session washes head nests of dirt, oil, and pelican feathers before a talented trimmer carefully cuts strands in the customer’s desired style. A final styling straightens hair and adds bounce to flowing manes, ensuring guests exude style and sophistication. Afterward, visitors can stroll down sidewalks while luring more admiring looks than a baby wrapped in hundred-dollar bills.
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. 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.
Most popular service: Gel manicure
Brands Used: Shellac, OPI, and Source Vital
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Q&A with Deedee Rusling, Owner
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I worked in a salon as a secretary and decided I wanted to become a manicurist, own my own business, and pamper people. I love meeting new people, talking to them, and helping them relax.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
I received my Minx Nails certification in 2007.
Out of your entire repertoire, which is your favorite service to perform and why?
I love performing spa pedicures because they are really relaxing for my clients. I also remove dead skin from the feet?something that many salons don't do.
Who's the Michelle behind Michelle's Esthetics? There are a few ways to answer that question. She's an aesthetician with a decade of experience. She's an expert in services that range from waxing to eyelash extensions to spray tanning. And she's someone who can think on her feet, or hands if she happens to be mid-cartwheel. For proof, just look to her one-hour custom facial, which comes with a custom lineup of extractions, cleansers, exfoliants, and other skincare products depending on the client's specific needs?though everyone should find relaxation in included shoulder, scalp, and facial massage.