Michael T. Gardner has been a prolific artist now for more than 15 years. His work can't be found in a gallery, though. Rather, it can be seen on arms, hips, backs, legs, and necks all over the city. That's because he renders his art in the form of tattoos, covering skin in countless designs. To save everybody the hassle of scouring bars, rock concerts, or biker knitting circles, Gardner conveniently keeps a record of his work on a Facebook page. Here, customers can spur on their imagination by perusing his latest pieces, such as an orange phoenix hip tattoo or a geometric tribal design that wraps around biceps. Of course, he or Scott Hale, an apprentice, happily work off of brought-in designs, as well as consult closely with clients to create something new. Once they have finished working, they share several tips for post tattooing care, such as avoiding swimming pools filled with permanent ink.
The continually educated mouth specialists of Sunshine Dental keep smiles healthy with a tag team of preventative dentistry and modern technology. During the appointment, a licensed dentist scours the mouth for signs of decay, cavities, and lost gummy bears (a $97 value) with an attention to detail normally only exhibited by pickleball referees. X-rays, including four bitewings, an extraoral, and a panoramic (a $234 total value), allow the certified tooth whisperer to inspect cuisine crushers in greater depth in a set of black-and-white snapshots. Take-home whitening treatments evict the yellow from teeth with stain-fighting bleach and a sheriff-delivered court order. Mouths that return dutifully to the dental office every six months for a checkup receive additional treatments for free.
Located inside Studio51 Hair Salon, SmileLabs circumvents the higher costs of dentist-administered teeth-whitening treatments by allowing clients to do it themselves. A technician guides guests through the entire process, setting up equipment and showing them how to apply the whitening gel to their teeth. An LED lamp then activates the hydrogen molecules in the gel, which simultaneously brightens teeth by up to eight shades while hydrating the enamel to prevent sensitivity.
The aesthetics experts at Finelines Permanent Cosmetics employ their extensive training in microdermabrasion, cellulite reduction, and therapeutic treatments to improve the appearance of skin surfaces and boost patients' self-esteem. The body-tweaking troop guarantees all administered treatments for up to three months, ensuring that extended eyelashes remain bat-worthy and potential cellulite zones remain smoother than a sweet-talking seal.
Along with making their clients' fingers and toes look groomed and glamorous, safety and cleanliness are top priorities for the techs at Shayla Nails and Spa. They sterilize all of their pedicure baths between each visit to ensure a germ-free soak, use sterilized metal implements that are clean enough to use as drink swizzles, and use organic sugar scrubs. These practices provide clients with a welcome peace of mind, allowing them to sit back and relax while nails receive vibrant coats of OPI or CND polish.
The professional team of stylists at Escape Salon and Spa tames unruly tresses with the plant-derived Brazilian Blowout Zero. The treatment requires no formaldehyde, relying instead upon plant-based KeraSafe to introduce essential amino acids to the hair. Tress tamers gently scrub scalps with a clarifying shampoo, washing away hair-product residue, oils, and climbing princes, and then apply the formula. The protein dives deep into the cuticle, with stylists maneuvering blow-dryers and flatirons to straighten out manes. Results can last up to 12 weeks.