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.
Inside the climate-controlled Sun Angel tanning bed, a mist carries calming scents while a sensor automatically measures the tanner's UV light sensitivity to reduce the chance of sunburn. E-Z Tan provides a customizable tanning experience to the greater Houston area with four locations, furnishing each bronzing shop with four types of UV beds, which also include the Affinity 950 Ultra Power bed which helps patrons obtain the darkest results possible. E-Z Tan clients also have a sunless option in the form of the private, self-serve Mystic Tan spray-tan booth that uses automated technology to mist bodies uniformly, from contours to crevices to extra sets of knee joints.
With its sleek white walls, alabaster manicure stations, and splashes of bright color emanating from wall decorations and knickknacks, Colour Nail Bar looks more like a modern boutique than a traditional nail salon. This stylish decor lends to the salon’s laid-back ambiance, which is reinforced by its motto, "Happy hour begins when you walk in!" Amid the piped-in music and social atmosphere, licensed nail technicians take pride in their artistic designs, which grace nails during sessions guided by strict sanitation guidelines. A sophisticated air-filtration system draws unsavory vapors away from the salon floor, and free WiFi keeps customers connected to their fantasy thumb-wrestling rosters.
Sunny beams pour into Wicked Skin Care, reflecting off the gleaming floors and illuminating the decorative plants and tranquil earth-toned walls. Storm McAdams and her allegiance of Wicked Skin Care warriors pamper guests with an array of glotherapeutics facials and chemical treatments to hydrate faces while evicting blemishes, fine lines, and leftover face paint from second grade. Within a private treatment room adorned with homey wall decals and décor, staffers whisks away unwanted body fuzz from eyebrows to ankles.