Even as a little girl, Tamara Baker kept herself busy inventing natural beauty remedies in her parent’s kitchen. When she grew up, she became a freelance makeup artist, creating designs for the Bozeman Opera Association. Later, she transitioned into the world of skincare, learning the ins and outs of aesthetics from dermatologists and plastic surgeons. Eventually, she went on to teach others the tricks of the trade at Florida College of Natural Health.
Today, from her second floor treatment room within Clix Salon and Spa, Baker relies on her more than 20 years of experience to help visitors battle blemishes and the signs of aging using a blend of organic and cosmeceutical treatments. Limited-edition facials naturally brighten complexions with seasonally themed creams and essential oils, and exfoliation treatments—ranging from chemical peels to dermaplaning—gently remove dead skin cells and rough patches. The seasoned aesthetician can also resurface skin using a Dermafile wand. Those suffering from fine lines can opt for the collagen-stimulating glow of a LightStim LED Light Therapy treatment.
Licensed massage therapist and aesthetician Monica Restrepo Jones is the "Mo" in MoJo Wellness Therapies. Monica started off as a student athletic trainer for a local high school which helped shape her understanding of the human body and what angle is unusual for an ankle, as well as increased her desire to spread wellness through massage. With a special certification for medical massage, she boasts the qualifications needed to fulfill doctor's orders after patients endure an injury or accident. To these treatments and her traditional massages, she sometimes adds heat or ice and organic, hypoallergenic creams to augment soothing without hiring a jazz saxophonist to play in the corner.
In addition to massage services, Monica wards off aging with facials and powerful treatments. Her skincare regimens are tweaked to target specific woes, such as acne or surprised expressions that won't wash off.
Clix Hair & Nails took its name from the cozy clique of stylists who worked together for more than 10 years before cementing their bonds of friendship by opening their own salon. The 18-person staff now welcomes each new client into the fold, taking care of patrons? style with custom scissors work and looking after hair health with safe color-management techniques. The team also specializes in nail services, whipping up popular pink-and-white acrylic sets for loyal followers and cotton-candy thieves in search of camouflage for their felonious digits. Rounding out Clix?s available treatments are facials, spray tans, and waxing.
Jennifer Cherry, owner of Hot Bodies USA, has stocked her 1,300-square-foot salon with Encore and Ovation tanning beds. Alternatively, customers can supplement their UV tans in the Magic Tan spray booth, which features a bronzing formula that makes physiques look similarly beachy without the need for using UV rays or hanging out only with ghosts. The shop also stocks bronzers to enhance the work of its makeshift suns and provides additional beautifying services including lash enhancement.
S.K.I.N.'s licensed aesthetician, Cathy Falconer, tailors her complexion-boosting treatments to eschew cosmetic fluff in favor of concrete and therapeutic results. Each signature facial, performed with botanical Peace Spa products, begins with a consultation, during which head-masks are analyzed, prescribed personalized home-care plans, and encouraged to air sub-dermal grievances. Next, bio-therapeutic cleansers work up a facial lather while gentle exfoliators team with ultrasonic pulses from a Dermasonic brush system to flush and refresh pores.
Multifaceted though they may be, the services at Kandor Dental Spa And Salon share a few key qualities. One of those qualities: they take place in a bright, light-filled atmosphere. Whether a haircut or a dental cleaning, the treatments are lit by floor-to-ceiling windows, with views of green trees pouring in. Another quality: expertise. Facials and spray tans come from top aestheticians, and dental patients relax in the hands of experienced chomper docs. And under the salon's two-story ceiling, surrounded by a color palette of white, black, and slate blue, stylists administer top-notch mani-pedis and hair-color treatments.