As the second planet from the sun, Venus would be a sunbather's dream if not for its pesky acidic clouds and 500-degree temperatures. Thankfully, the technicians at Venus Tan have found an easier way to deliver bronze colors inspired by Earth's sister planet. Here, powerful beds and booths from Ergoline and Sundash banish paleness in sessions as quick as 8 minutes. Skin can be moisturized and tans augmented through lotions from brands such as Australian Gold and Designer Skin. The studio also offers sunless tanning in the form of Mystic sprays, which leaves behind even, streak-free color without exposure to irksome UV rays.
When clients walk through Kimberly Higgs’s door, the licensed massage therapist immediately directs all of her attention their way. She approaches each massage as an opportunity to tailor her skills to meet her patients’ needs, whether they’re looking to ease chronic pain or simply melt away stress accrued during a hectic workweek. She can vary the amount of pressure she uses, the areas she focuses on, and the techniques she employs during each session. For clients dealing with tension headaches or who regularly get their heads caught in elevator doors, Kim can add on a special scalp-focused treatment for an additional fee.
It's easy to feel pampered inside Glam India. As guests enter the coral-colored salon, aestheticians lead them toward the gold-framed mirrors of individual styling stations where they fix up brows, brighten complexions, and decorate skin. Though the staff also excels at waxing treatments, the salon's signature service is threading—a hypoallergenic hair-removal method that relies on twists of cotton thread to quickly and accurately contour eyebrows and remove fuzz from faces without harming the surrounding skin. The beauty experts can also refine visages with one of their signature herbal facials, which call on everything from chocolate to ancient Ayurvedic serums to create glowing complexions and orphaned blackheads. For a more distinctive aesthetic treatment, the staff also uses henna to add a slight reddish tint to hair or draw complex designs on hands.
Featured in beauty magazines, on ABC's 20/20, and on local news programs for her work in permanent cosmetics, Dixie Medford is both the owner of Classic Beauty Concepts and a certified permanent-cosmetic educator. Along with medical-grade skincare services, Medford can implant upper layers of skin with micropigments in permanent cosmetic sessions, eliminating the need for daily makeup applications or naps in a box of crayons. As she fills in brows and adds soft hues to lips, Medford carefully selects the shapes, colors, and designs that best complement skin color and features. Medford practices traditional makeup application techniques with her micropigments, as well as camouflaging scars and adding beauty marks. Her beauty repertoire also includes light- to medium-depth chemical peels, medical microdermabrasion, and ultrasonic facials.
The aestheticians at Jackie's Spa specialize in treatments that leave skin glowing. They augment facials with techniques such as vacuum suction or brush cleansing, exfoliate skin with fragrant lavender-salt scrubs, and mix ingredients such as french green clay, marine algae, and seaweed into active body masks. For complete smoothness, they also wax away unwanted body hair and apply moisturizing paraffin.