During an interview on WLNK's Matt & Ramona Show, Vanish-Ink owner Mick Biddy described one of the tattoos he was in the process of treating. "A young gentleman came in with a heart on his shoulder, with a banner across it and his ex-girlfriend's name. We're just taking the name off, so we can put his new girlfriend's name in." Ended relationships are just one reason people visit Biddy's practice. Many want to get rid of a tattoo because of poor craftsmanship, because they have outgrown their body art, or because a former favorite anchor refuses to apologize for something. Whatever the reason, Biddy helps them using a MedLite C6 laser that can move quickly across the skin. The beam breaks down the particles of ink, allowing them to be absorbed into the body and flushed away. The spa's lasers can also reduce hair growth with vacuum-assisted lasers that draw flesh into the beams for more effective treatment.
At Sinners and Saints, visitors can obtain high-quality body art in a clean and sterile environment. A talented staff of friendly tattooists is led by owner Big Nick, who boasts years of experience from working at his previous shop, Ace Custom Tattoos. Customers can outfit themselves with permanent pizzazz that won’t wash away during pool parties thanks to customized tattoos ($60 is the minimum price for the smallest tattoo possible). Budding tattoocionados can also opt for an elaborate and deftly detailed piece in a simple one-color format or one boasting a bouillabaisse of colorful hues.
Founded by lifetime Charlotte resident and certified laser specialist Franklin Thigpen, Tattoo Bill’s Tattoo Removal frees customers from the yoke of youthful decision making with an FDA-approved MedLite C6 laser, which zaps away unwanted black and color designs. After pumping $10,000 into comparative research trials, the shop settled on the MedLite system, pairing the powerful machine with a dye hand-piece to remove the staunchest of dragons and most slippery of carp. Customers can share relevant medical concerns during a free pretreatment consultation, during which Frank describes the minimal pain of the procedure and discusses realistic outcomes. Much like the tattoo parlors whose work they must erase, the staff heartily welcomes spontaneous walk-ins.
Under the leadership of founder Christie Shumate, the licensed aestheticians at Transformations Spa and Skin Care Center perform custom skin treatments with detailed analysis. Shumate was inspired to form Transformations Spa and Skin Care Center after paying a visit to a plastic surgeon who, she discovered, donated his summer months to helping those who couldn't otherwise afford treatment to recover from burns, as well as working with children who were born with facial defects. She brought together a collection of less-risky aesthetic services designed to help her clients look and feel good about themselves, and now her staff offers laser cellulite reduction, custom facials, organic chemical peels, ear candling, and aqua foot detox.
Boosting her clients' confidence is the best part of Kelly Kim's job, she says, whether it be through body waxing or contouring. At Waxing by Kelly, the cosmetologist and waxing specialist applies her Aveda training to strip away unwanted hair using imported Satin Smooth products loaded with vitamins and natural oils. Kelly adeptly wields strip wax, hard wax, and film wax across sensitive regions of both men and women. In addition, she offers body-contouring services, which tighten and tone her clients' skin.