A splash of bright fuchsia greets visitors as they approach Crazy Mama's, foreshadowing the trove of colorful vintage clothing, gemstones, and enchanted signature jewelry that line the shelves inside. Owner Diana Diamonds’s message of self-empowerment emanates from her stock of perfumes, which fan the flames of prospective love interests with bona fide pheromones. During signature scent classes, perfumers ply their olfactory wizardry to make personalized scents, carrying on a tradition they trace back to Cleopatra. Aside from these nose-tickling wares, Crazy Mama's covers forms with retro gear, weighs down bookcases with self-help tomes, and fills empty wind tunnels with delicate chimes.
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An offshoot of Dr. Jeanne Smith's obstetric and gynecological practice, Pampered Expectations Medical Spa tends to beauty both inside and out. The spa’s experienced staff members sic anti-aging facials on laugh lines and weight-loss programs on extra pounds. In Dr. Smith's sister practice, she compassionately shepherds patients toward motherhood with obstetric services, particularly doting on those affected by risky conditions such as gestational diabetes and preterm labor. She also helps new broods to plan and nurture their family trees, performing minimally invasive surgical procedures in her office, at the hospital, or in the backseat of a Dodge Dynasty as needed.
Dr. Smith augments her healing with luxurious amenities, inviting patients to sink into the Spring office's cozy waiting-room seating and glug free coffee, tea, or bottled water. Complimentary WiFi and soothing music ease patrons into treatments atop heated exam tables and sheets warmer and softer than a curious kitten who stumbled into a bowl of soup. During downtime, personal TVs in each room entertain patients with the day’s latest broadcasts.
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.
Kelly Thompson knows a thing or two about handling stress. For five years she served as a police/fire/911 dispatch operator, an occupation that demanded Kelly keep a calm, relaxed head while she coached people in crisis through harrowing situations with gentle reassurance and ample empathy. Once Kelly had a taste for bringing calm to stressed-out, overtaxed people, she sought a way to apply her talent elsewhere. Kelly shifted her focus to the hands-on massage field, earned her license, and opened up Kneading Massage Today’s relaxing oasis. Her previous experience in throwing people emotional life rafts informs her current practice, as Kelly both receives clients at her spa location and totes her massage chair to offices to ease the collective shoulders of employees and the sore necks of their desktop bobble-heads. As she saturates muscles with Swedish and deep-tissue massages, her clients get a blissful reprieve from muscle tension and mental stress. Treatments include doubly soothing accouterments including hot stones and aromatherapy.
Wendy Campbell has been at the helm of Hair Visions since 1985. The 35-year hair styling veteran tried to retire in 2002, but was so in love with her craft that she continued to attend shows, seminars, and educational classes and to do hair for those who couldn't make it into the salon. By 2011, she was back to the business full-time and so was Hair Visions, this time with a new location on the second floor of Tuscany Salons & Spa. There, Wendy continues to do what she does best––cut and color hair for clients both loyal and new. This time around, she pulls from a product collection that includes names such as MOROCCANOIL, ColorProof, and Aquage as she makes grey roots disappear, enhances shine and dimension with partial or full-foil highlights, and restores dry strands with hydrating hair masks. To help lift limp, lifeless strands, Wendy can also employ perms to pump up hair into a cascade of bouncy waves.
More than 12 years ago, Jennifer Gladden opted out of a full ride to college in order to pursue her true passion: beauty. Since then she's found her dream fulfilled, racking up an impressive client list and portfolio at her namesake salon. Though Jennifer executes salon services ranging from waxing to texturing hair to resemble favorite pastas, she specializes in coloring and highlighting drab 'dos with products from Koleston Perfect and Redken. Her cuts accommodate face and body shape, skin type, hair texture, and lifestyle so that clients can easily replicate salon styling at home. Jennifer also touts certification from Dinair Airbrush and MAC Pro, adding makeup accents to faces in advance of weddings, photo shoots, and special occasions.