A slew of odd jobs—including decorating cakes and selling life insurance—filled Ely Valdez’s days until he decided to become a triple threat in the beauty world as a certified makeup artist, photographer, and aesthetician. He now spends his days combating acne, oil, and other skin issues with glycolic-acid peels and botanical-packed anti-aging facials. He also gives private makeup lessons and expertly applies eyelash extensions to existing fringe or clients’ favorite stuffed animals.
Electrolysis is the driving force behind Krystal Klear Skincare Solutions; skin specialist Krystal uses the method to eliminate marks, moles, hair, and even spider veins. Part of the appeal of the system is its noninvasive nature, since the advanced electrolysis machine’s electrical energy zaps away its targets while leaving behind little to no scarring. Aside from skin-deep beauty treatments, Krystal adds permanent makeup to lips and applies airbrush tans to cover back tattoos of the local prison’s underground tunnels. Each appointment includes a free consultation.
It’s no surprise that the staff roster at Grand Salon & Spa tallies in at 19, as the salon offers a slew of beautifying services that tend to the skin, body, hair, and nails. Owner Cherie' Merrell oversees her staff members as they perform anti-aging facials, french manicures and nail art, and hair removal with wax or a sugar-based blend. Meanwhile, hairstylists wield L'anza, Redken, Catwalk by Tigi, and Moroccanoil products to style hair after it’s cut, colored, or permed into spirals. The staff also includes two licensed massage therapists, who deploy any combination of eight massage styles to leave clients feeling as relaxed as a cow dining at a vegan restaurant.
At Precision Plus Salon, specialists in intradermal pigmentation—or permanent makeup—apply long-lasting eyeliner, lipstick, and beauty marks to free their clients from having to apply makeup each day, and also cater to those with poor eyesight and makeup allergies. Beyond feathering eyebrows and lining lips, they also use the technique to treat skin irregularities and scars, and instruct their clients on how to replicate the technique themselves in group and individual training classes.
Within the intimate Golugo spa, expert specialists perform a sweeping array of beauty services—from glamorous makeup application to professional body waxing. The skincare technicians rejuvenate skin and diminish blemishes through a variety of facials, customizing treatments to accommodate each client's unique skin type and needs. The versatile professionals even offer a gentlemen's facial, a replenishing treatment specially designed to suit the male skin.