Earning accolades from the likes of Jezebel, Flirt & Flutter Beauty Boutique simplifies beauty routines with treatments that have long-lasting results. Eyelash extensions take the place of mascara to create fuller lashes that flutter for up to eight weeks. With HD brows services, technicians use a combination of waxing, threading and tweezing techniques to shape brows before darkening them with a henna formula that lasts up to six weeks. In the nail salon, Perfect Match gel polish blends the long-lasting finish of a gel with the speedy application of a polish. These time-saving beauty services can be consolidated with Bedicures—in which clients rest atop a plush massage bed while receiving a manicure and pedicure in tandem with their choice of facial service.
Flirt & Flutter Lash Loft also tends to the health of eyes inside the Lash & Brow Hospital, where a certified lashologist removes eyelash extensions, performs lash and brow treatments for cancer patients and helps eyes recover from misdirected wet willies.
Passion was missing. As DonnyElle followed a traditional course to college and then beyond into jobs such as teaching and waitressing, she craved something more, something that didn’t feel like such a, well, job. The turning point was an interview with MAC Cosmetics, which pivoted her direction toward freelance makeup artistry. Strengthened by a newfound passion for her work, DonnyElle eventually became a licensed aesthetician. With well-developed skills and love for her trade guiding her, she now serves her own clientele with skincare services at Beauty by DonnyElle Skin Salon. Here, she presents a menu that includes facials, makeup application for various occasions, and waxing.
In addition to performing the work she loves, DonnyElle finds satisfaction in nonprofit work. Through an organization called Glitz & Grace, she strives to improve the self-esteem of young girls.
At Coast 2 Coast Spa, staff create their own hair and face products entirely in-house, working to pamper customers before they ever walk in the door. The spa's hair and skincare products contain entirely all-natural ingredients, which gives them an edge over the mass-produced chemical compounds that so often make up modern beauty products and fish sticks. Stylists use these products in hair services such as dreads, conditioning treatments, and cuts and styles, as well as skin treatments where they refresh faces or enhance relaxing massages.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
The two sisters who opened Aroma Soul Skin Boutique & Brow Bar in 2010 had more than simply beautifying clients on their minds. Instead, the duo envisioned a staff of knowledgeable therapists who could restore health to skin and nails, and teach clients how to keep up those results at home. Today, the sisters have assembled their team of aesthetic miracle workers who begin each treatment with a consultation to assess clients’ beauty goals and make informed recommendations to help their clients maintain healthy skin between treatments. Once aestheticians design their plans of action, they can begin affixing faux eyelashes, applying makeup, or waxing unwanted hair instead of just hoping it magically falls out. They also protect nails with moisturizers and coats of polish during warm lavender manicures, and cleanse, brighten, or hydrate skin with a wide range of facials and peels.