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.
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.
The MVP haircut is reserved for guys who want the brawn of a chiseled cut with the extreme adrenaline rush of a pleasant pampering. Following careful instructions or expert intuition, stylists can clean up the edges without sacrificing any degree of edginess. A thorough shampoo and scalp massage ensures an itch-free walk off, while a neck and shoulder massage with steamed towel leaves cleaned-up batters with the zonal focus to connect on any upcoming office pitch.
For the past 15 years, the beauty experts at Sheila's Hair Design have enhanced bodies with cuts and colors, the ancient art of threading, and henna tattoos that are ideal for weddings or turning a row of freckles into Pac-Man fodder. A boutique area showcases clothing and jewelry from Pakistan and India, including traditional pieces from Rajasthan.
The 11 savvy stylists at Salon Gity style, strengthen, and straighten locks with Paul Mitchell and Coppola products. Tress technicians spend about 45 minutes on each haircut, snipping head nests to client specifications and yielding styles more flattering than written compliments from Oprah. During keratin blowouts, high-end Coppola products seal strands with a protein-rich complex that protects follicle foundations from pollution and reduces frizz. Stylists spend two to three hours administering each root-bolstering treatment, after which hair hangs straighter, resists breaking, and deflects malignant lasers fired from outer space. Salon Gity cultivates an online gallery of its best styling work, which earned the store the title of Best Houston Beauty Store in 2005 on Citysearch.