Owner Marcy Lanier and her crew of stylists take pride in creating the right cut and color for each of their clients at Willows Dream. During appointments, they apply their collective creative energy to help each person look and feel their best with a hairdo that flatters both their face shape and personality. Meanwhile, the team's aesthetician, Ginger, tends to the rest of the body's beauty needs, performing quick waxing treatments, vegan mani-pedis, and Xtreme Lashes eyelash applications. Her caring, professional touch has resulted in regular clients, and even earned her a spot on Mountain Xpress' Best of WNC 2012 list.
After treatments, guests can peruse the inviting gift boutique, a destination in itself, which is stocked with whimsical accessories, jewelry, local art, and high-quality hair products.
Ananda and her team of highly trained stylists know that hair is the easy part of their job—and that it's easy to miss the true nature and beauty of each person who sits in their chairs. So the stylists at Ananda West work with care, using products from Bumble and bumble, Wella, and other leading brands. To stay on top of new trends and techniques, stylists participate in monthly education classes.
As scissors and combs fly, clients can indulge in complimentary coffee, beer, wine, or loose-leaf teas as they slip into temporary scalp-massage-induced bliss. Shampoo, conditioner, and styling are included with each cut.
Plant- and mineral-based products—never tested on animals—pamper faces and bodies during sensitively rendered services at Glow Skin. All-natural sugaring hair removal gently wipes away unwanted fuzz without hot wax or chemical additives. Therapy treatments using LED light and oxygen work to fade blemishes and scars with non-invasive bursts of light and air. Even high-tech microcurrent "face-lifts" stimulate facial muscles with both small jolts of electricity and inspirational readings on the Golden Rule.
At Asheville Medical Aesthetics, doctors Henry Watkins and Jennifer Benjamin-Watkins combine holistic healthcare with advanced aesthetic procedures, and Aveda-trained aesthetician Shakara Dickerson transforms skin conditions with Eminence and Pevonia skincare products. Osteopathic manipulation combines massage with assisted stretching to improve mobility and alignment. Vibraderm microdermabrasion reveals fresh skin cells without abrasive crystals, and chemical peels with glycolic, salicylic, or gentler lactic acid help to shed wrinkles and scars lingering from patients' previous lives. Clients can fight signs of aging with Botox and injectible fillers, or opt for laser treatments that stimulate collagen or stunt hair growth.
Aisha Temple, owner and operator of Temple Aesthetics The Sacred Skin Care Studio, combines aesthetic expertise with a passion for herbal and holistic wellness in her natural-beauty services. In addition to being a licensed aesthetician and manicurist, Temple is a member of the Association of Holistic Skin Care Practitioners, a natural fit for someone with a background in herbalism. Advanced microdermabrasion and light-therapy treatments even skin tone and discoloration while reducing the appearance of fine lines, and botanically enriched facial treatments for men and women soothe skin. As a certified oncology aesthetician, Temple tends to cancer patients with organic and natural oncology skincare designed especially to ease chemotherapy’s effects on the skin by using healing touch and herbs. In addition to working from her low-lit, brick-walled hideaway, Temple offers mobile beauty services for bridal parties, private events, and sports teams looking to bond on the road.
In addition to taking appointments, Bella Dona Beauty & Cosmetics strives to accommodate clients’ busy schedules straightaway with a team of technicians at the ready during all open hours. Personnel whisk walk-ins directly to seats for makeup applications with Smashbox or bareMinerals products and personalized facials.
Committed to keeping beautification in tune with nature, The Water Lily employs paraben- and sulfate-free hair products and grooms bodies with Cirepil, a low-temperature wax. A knowledgeable, licensed aesthetician whisks away uninvited hairs from their ill-chosen dwelling places, leaving skin stubble-free. Skillfully conquering a variety of bodily locales, including eyebrows ($15), upper lips ($10), and chins ($10), the shop's experts also gently administer Brazilian-style waxes ($65). Depilated physiques proudly exit The Water Lily boasting smooth, healthy skin and the confidence to flaunt newly sleek surfaces in front of friends and wookiees. The Water Lily welcomes clients into its tranquil, nontoxic beauty emporium Tuesday–Saturday.