Unlike some salon owners, Spencer Malay isn't content to just sit back and watch as his stylists have all the fun. The 15-year hairstyling veteran, beauty consultant, and makeup artist grabs the scissors and works alongside them, doling out the salon's signature razor cuts and conditioning therapies and offering hairstyling advice dubbed "perfect" by a reviewer for the July 2011 issue of Allure magazine. On the spa side of the studio, massages and facials provide a welcome dose of relaxation for busy clientele, and med-spa treatments erase years from the face and body with dermal fillers and spider-vein treatments performed under the supervision of a doctor, nurse, and the occasional haunted painting.
Patrons looking to bring a touch of the salon's glamour home with them can peruse a collection of Spencer Malay jewelry or add a pop of color to everyday makeup routines courtesy of Spencer's own line of mineral-based cosmetics. The salon also specializes in providing and fitting wigs for patients with medical hair loss and curates a large and stylish collection, with options recommended by medical and beauty professionals as well as past clients.
Lyn Ross wrote the book on skincare. Or at least one or two of the books, cumulatively. She's authored numerous articles and textbook chapters on the topic, spreading the knowledge she's gained since opening her first natural skincare clinic in 1975, when most dermatologists still advised moisturizing with a rich crude-oil blend. In 1989, she established Institut’ DERMed—at once an Atlanta med-spa, a line of cosmeceutical products, and an aesthetician-training center.
Today, Ross and her staff make clients’ skin glow in a 3,000-square-foot facility filled with 11 private treatment rooms. At the College of Advanced Aesthetics, also headquartered in Atlanta, they train estheticians, cosmetologists, and doctors in product use and skin-treatment plans. Perhaps the element most central to Lyn's practice is her range of natural skin-care products crafted from concentrated but non-prescription active ingredients. The cleansers, serums, and exfoliants are formulated not just with carefully selected ingredients, but with carefully selected molecules—the company’s chemists reconfigure the very atoms of active substances so that the compounds will better penetrate the skin.
Shape Medical Wellness Center's physicians, dietitians, and aestheticians are fitness alchemists who transform patients' bodies before their eyes with customized weight-loss programs and nonsurgical aesthetic treatments. The clinic boasts an array of advanced Cutera laser technology, including Laser Genesis for photofacials, the skin-smoothing Titan infrared wand, and the epidermis-clearing LimeLight laser. The center augments treatments with Botox injections and skincare services with Éminence and Vivité products. Shape's staffers also help clients banish unwanted inches with custom-tailored medical weight-loss programs that use medications administered in-office, including phentermine and adipex, combined with exercise tips and healthy-eating recommendations according to the USDA food dodecahedron. Additionally, Shape Medical Wellness Center is Black Diamond Certified by Allergan, Inc., a distinction only one percent of practitioners
are afforded nationwide. They are also the 81st largest provider of Botox and Juvederm treatments in America.
With 19 locations conveniently sprinkled throughout the Atlanta area, Solar Dimensions helps clients get beach-ready regardless of their proximity to the shore. Each location features a fleet of UV tanning beds of varying brightness, all waiting to sun-kiss skin in 10–20 minutes and comfort clients with a built-in cooling apparatus or complimentary snuggles from a nearby penguin. Custom airbrush-tanning treatments or automated VersaSpa and MyMyst sunless-tanning sessions forgo light exposure and instead tone complexions with tinted mists that materialize in four to eight hours and last for several days. Both tanning solutions quench skin with aloe vera before tinting it a natural shade ranging from light almond to lifeguard. The trained staff can also hone body shape with infrared body wraps and VacuStep treatments, and brighten smiles with teeth whitening, helping to boost confidence before bodies hit the pool.
Shamara Long believes that her massages and organic facials are more than just temporary escapes from life’s daily stresses. A licensed therapist and the owner of Serenity Place Massage Solutions, Long views her spa’s treatments as catalysts for healthy lifestyles. She draws on her committed faith-based background to rejuvenate and replenish, in her own words, "the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies."
To best nurture these four aspects of being, Long relies on an extensive treatment menu that targets the skin as well as its underlying muscles. Her bodywork specialties include Swedish, prenatal, and Thai massages as well as a Serenity stretch treatment, whose stretching and compression exercises help athletes to run and cartwheel over goalposts more effectively. Organic massage lotions and oils aid in these treatments, just as professional Éminence Organic Skin Care products enhance the slate of facials and peels. Although Long’s spa blossoms with warm lighting and earthy tones conducive to spiritual healing, she can also haul her massage table to bridal parties and corporate gatherings.
Jazmin Spa, which has locations throughout the Atlanta area, caters to its clients' cosmetic needs while still indulging them with a luxurious spa experience. Its massage therapists provide a brief reprieve from everyday stress by using an assortment of therapeutic modalities to soothe tense muscles. Microdermabrasion wands conceal common signs of aging, such as wrinkles, uneven tone, and tattoos showing support for the League of Nations. Similarly, its nail technicians elevate straightforward mani-pedi treatments by incorporating anything from warm-lotion massages and exfoliating sea-salt scrubs to peppermint foot soaks and heated basalt stones.
Indulgence isn't the only goal, though—the aestheticians also strive to create dramatic cosmetic changes utilizing products that can't be purchased by the general public as well as advanced spa procedures. PCA peels, which are only administered by licensed healthcare professionals that have been trained to use them, help resurface skin.
Buckhead Nail and Toe Spa's staff have spent more than two decades helping others keep their skin and nails looking sharp. Inside the spacious salon, rows of extra-wide orthopedic pedi thrones—each outfitted with heat and massage features—line the floor, and gauzy white fabric hangs above pedicurees as they ease toes into large basins of water heated to their preferred temperature. Joining the spa's nail care services and large collection of polishes are plenty of skin-care options—custom facials and massages, eyelash extensions, and waxing treatments with low-temperature, anti-irritant wax—that serve to summarize the rejuvenating possibilities. To ensure a safe and bacteria-free experience, the staff of Buckhead Nail follow strict sterilization guidelines and wear special bacteria-vision goggles to locate any trespassing microorganisms.
The staffers at iNails Salon and Spa send bodies into states of relation with an array of nail, facial, and massage services. Experienced nail technicians pamper all 20 digits with 14 Botanical Escapes Herbal Spa treatments that blanket skin surfaces with a bouquet of natural ingredients. Guests submit finger or toe tips to soak in a bath bubbling with oils smelling of soothing cocoa or rejuvenating peppermint, preventing patrons from having to waste secret stashes of Junior Mints on DIY footbaths. SaniSmart spa jets bubble around ankles as techs pluck sanitized tools from a hospital-grade autoclave to scrub skin and prune everything in the vicinity of the nail. A choice of lacquer or nail-strengthening treatment caps each nail service. The salon also offers specialty manicures and pedicures aimed at relieving congestion, detoxifying, or rejuvenating clients, and tends to the body's other relaxation points with massages and facials that employ Dermalogica products.
The first time a parent hears his or her child's heartbeat can be life changing, and See Baby helps moms and dads remember that moment for the rest of their lives. In private rooms, experienced sonographers use 3D/4D ultrasound machines to record clear audio of a baby's heartbeat. They can even create a cuddly stuffed animal, which plays back the heartwarming sound and probably doesn't come to life when you turn your back. In addition to audio, the non-invasive device captures stunning pictures and video of the new son or daughter. Moments can then be burned on DVDs to share with friends and family. The sonographers also determine the baby's gender, though they can keep that info secret should parents prefer.
Dr. Brad S. Bootstaylor leads the team responsible for these visits. Dr. Bootstaylor also cares for expectant mothers with various perinatal services.
The demands of the modern world put strains on the skin and muscles not often experienced by humans in the past, so the aestheticians at Rejuvenate Spas tailor their services to treat these contemporary conditions. They offer power-napping rooms for quick afternoon breaks, as well as massages and chiropractic treatments designed to take on the ailments acquired from sitting too long at a computer or inside a giant robot. Yoga and meditation classes aid in reducing mental stress, whereas skin-cleansing facials remove airborne dirt and grime, diminish wrinkles, and banish other signs of aging.
Perhaps the most unusual tool in the spa’s arsenal, the Sanctorum Soundspa encloses patients in a shiatsu-massage recliner amid soothing natural aromas. Meanwhile, carefully selected soundscapes play over the speakers, massaging the brain through the eardrums while rollers inside the chair work on muscles.
Sol Oasis's founder and veteran manicurist, KaSundra, earned her stripes in the upscale salons of New York and Atlanta before getting the opportunity to work on the high-profile hands of Hollywood stars such as Terrance Howard, Kelly Hu, and Regina King. Welcoming only one client at a time in her tranquil spa, KaSundra is able to lavish each guest with her undivided attention as she performs a wide array of nail and spa treatments. She incorporates natural and organic products into her many services, which include facials, makeup application, Chinese finger-trap removal, and waterless pedicures that are safer and more sanitary than normal pedicures. As natural light peeks through decorative window screens and visitors kick back in a plush, olive-colored throne, KaSundra treats hands and feet like royalty.
Most city dwellers hardly have time to tackle their long lists of responsibilities, let alone make time for themselves. But Yelena at Skin Logic Atlanta believes it's this hectic metropolitan lifestyle that makes regular spa visits so important. At the tranquil studio in upscale Buckhead, guests can kick back and forget their worries during one of seven customized facials, each of which begin with a thorough skin analysis to tailor the techniques to each complexion's unique issues. For full-body relaxation, a slate of body treatments—including the slimming and detoxifying Lay Down and Dream Body Wrap, which uses infrared energy to flush out impurities—both relax muscles and brighten exteriors. The spa also offers waxing treatments to sculpt brows, banish facial fuzz, or smooth body areas to cut precious seconds from grocery-shopping times.
Blue is everywhere here, from the cerulean-, azure-, and aquamarine-stained windows to the very name of Blue MedSpa. Dr. Landon McLain, medical director of the beauty haven inside the Westin hotel at Bridge Street Town Centre, helms a team of registered nurses, aestheticians, and physicians who focus on restoring youthful appearances. They use advanced equipment such as SmartLipo to reduce the appearance of cellulite, IPL laser machines for photofacials, and six types of dermal fillers to send fine lines scurrying beneath floorboards. Blue also provides traditional salon and spa services with Pureology and Redken products, as well as skincare products from iS Clinical and its own signature line. Regardless of the service, each med-spa staffer takes a holistic approach to treating clients to ensure their beauty goals are accomplished.
At Creative Skin Care, medical aestheticians recognize the fundamental link between health and beauty. Extensive backgrounds in both cosmetic and clinical care have trained them to seek the root of beauty issues in the deeper well-being of the body. Complimentary skin analyses allow skin-care experts to eschew "quick fixes" and "iron helmets" for in-depth beautification campaigns that might incorporate massage, salicylic-acid treatments, and oxygenation. Aestheticians are masters of lasers, whether they are directing the Palomar IPL laser at little melanin bull's-eyes within hair follicles or wielding the Alma Harmony XL laser to rout spider veins with little discomfort and no downtime.
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Drawing on nearly three decades of coif clipping experience, Michael Azar helms a staff of experienced stylists behind the walls of a homey brick building. White, backlit shelves display high-end products, such as Goldwell and Pureology, a comprehensive color-care system made with vegan botanicals free of pesticides and harsh chemicals. While some stylists craft new coiffures with the latest techniques and adorn visages with shimmering layers of Mirabella makeup, others twirl tresses into bridal updos and extract unwanted hairs from the faces, bikini lines, and beach-bound kiwifruit with warm wax. Anne Marie, the salon's resident massage therapist, mends muscles with hot-stone, Hawaiian lomi lomi, and deep-tissue massages, and unblocks sound sensors with ear-candling therapy.:m]]