Stylist Christie Rawson spent years planning to open Studio C Hair Salon a Beauty Lounge. She picked out premium products, filled the space with modern furniture and airy colors, and gathered an experienced staff of stylists, manicurists, and aestheticians.
Today, her stylists cut, color, and style hair with L'Or?al Professionnel products as clients lounge in modern, white styling chairs in front of oversize oval mirrors. Staffers shampoo scalps in a row of sinks lined with plush armchairs?though Christie also prides herself on her dry-cutting, or freehand, skills. Aestheticians cleanse faces with Rhonda Allison cosmeceutical products and use glo mineral makeup to create rosy cheeks for weddings or smoky eyes for a coal miner's retirement party. White pendant lights illuminate the pristine nail bar, where patrons perch on stools as manicurists apply nail lacquers by OPI and butter London or treat guests to a Get Fresh aromatherapy pedicure. All of the studio's utensils are also sterilized in a medical grade Autoclave and wrapped in self-enclosed packaging while pedicure bowls never recirculate and lined for one-time use.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries?Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
The "L" in L Skincare stands for luxury, which aesthetician Lindsay Jackson takes to heart as she pampers clients with results-driven skincare treatments. Customized facials often include collagen boosts, pumpkin antioxidants, or Vitamin C to help specific skin woes, from hyperpigmentation to acne to the growth of fish gills. Along with facials, Lindsay also helps clients get rid of unwanted facial or body hair with waxing services, and heightens natural beauty with brow or lash tinting.
A licensed naturopathic medical doctor, Dr. Leslie Predmore draws on her experience in dermatology and minor surgery whenever she approaches one of her cosmetic procedures. Specializing in injectables such as Botox and Juvéderm, she has expanded her practice to include other popular age-busting tactics such as peels, laser hair removal, and IPL photofacials. Dr. Predmore is also certified in microneedling, a system that revives the skin by creating tiny channels that foster fibroblastic activity. A versatile treatment, microneedling is also recommended for treating cellulite, easing acne, and repairing tiny torn flags.
At the Updegraff Clinic, Dr. Bryan Updegraff and his team of certified specialists tend to skin with dermatological services, allergy testing, and rejuvenating cosmetic treatments. The Candela Vbeam laser's gentle pulsed light penetrates deep into dermises to reduce skin woes, and a cooling mist soothes the skin as the laser works. Injections of Botox, Dysport, Restylane, and Perlane reduce the appearance of wrinkles more easily than spackling them with silly putty, and a variety of chemical and acid peels evict depleted skin cells to unleash an inner glow.
Three points of focus exist at Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center: ophthalmology, optometry, and cosmetic surgery. Under the guidance of medical director Emilio M. Justo, M.D., the medical staff works to improve the vision of their patients, as well as assisting them in achieving aesthetic goals. The Arizona state–licensed and AAAHC-accredited outpatient surgery center allows Dr. Justo, his team, and their band of surgical elves to care for patients within the comfortable confines of their own facility, eliminating the need to journey to a hospital.