Microdermabrasion is a treatment that removes the face's stratum corneum, or outermost surface of the skin. These dead cells stifle the under-face like a mother who coils her grown children in plus-sized swaddling cloths. At Mona Spa, expert aestheticians perform the procedure over the course of 45 minutes. Lie back and let their well-trained hands guide a Clarisonic cleaning brush over your facial region, ridding it of oppressive dirt and overly sentimental oil. The crystal-free cool microdermabrasion treatment comes next, followed by LED therapy delivered with gentle airflow to soothe your recently excavated baby skin. Top it all off with the gentle hug of a moisture mask that will protect your face from the harsh rays of the sun, especially useful if the sun is breaking into your house at night to watch your cable.
When life on the lam plunks you in the middle of an identity comedy worthy of Shakespeare or Voltaire, respond in kind with the proper face and head shaping that will keep your disguise intact. Tame unruly tresses with a trim (starting at $15), or make a pit stop to treat yourself to an express facial ($35) during a particularly tiring shift of delivering plutonium to local captains of industry. Exterminate uninvited body hairs with any of Bombay's regionally specific waxes (starting at $11). Waxing provides a longer-lasting hairlessness than shaving, and when the hair does come back after a few weeks, it's meek, soft, and easily scared back into the follicle with banging pans or the threat of another round of wax.
Professional aesthetician Santricia Brownlee increases the smoothing effect with an array of waxing services. Thirty-minute French or Brazilian waxes evict fuzz from bikini lines for up to three weeks, and treatments on small areas tend to conclude in a scant 10 minutes.
Dr. Mike Foster, a board-certified surgeon, keeps a cool-headed watch over the team at DeSoto Laser Aesthetics as it delivers a roster of rejuvenating med-spa services. Brandishing late-model lasers and Victorian-era laser cozies, the medical aestheticians blast away all manner of blemish, from spider veins and body hair to tattoos and nail fungus, to treat every shade in the skin-tone choir. Nonlaser treatments include crease-fighting injectables and chemical peels, as well as ultrasonic Vaser liposuction. Patients relax in the clinic's olive-toned treatment rooms, admiring the framed floral prints on the walls as their physical flaws melt, vaporize, or crabwalk away.
Gilded mirrors and ornate cabinets directly face the stylists as they spritz over newly crafted hairdos. Beyond custom cuts and colors, they can improve strand manageability with keratin smoothing treatments and accent tresses with feather extensions. Staffers also aim below the permanent top hat with golden airbrush tans or shellac and traditional nail polishes.
Ameerah Jones, a stylist at A Better Image Beauty and Barber, loves working on hair of all textures. When Groupon asked what her favorite service was to perform, she was hard-pressed to narrow it down to just one: braiding children's hair, adding silkening treatments to a new haircut, and restoring damaged hair with conditioner treatments—she enjoys them all. One thing she's absolutely sure about, however, is the best part of her job: "working with people and making [them] feel beautiful!"
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Styles and braids, cuts, color, and restorative treatments
Brands Used: Kera Kare, Design Essentials, ISO, Wella, Sebastian, Bumble