Pleasure Paradise Salon and Spa’s cosseting confines challenge the common spa tendency to only cater to female patrons by doling out aesthetic services geared toward both genders. Seasoned hairstylists sculpt men’s and women's locks into stylish configurations that mirror trending fashions. Licensed therapists soothe tired muscles with six massage modalities, and facials infused with vitamins and botanicals cleanse skin of blotches stemming from naps in a box of temporary tattoos.
The experts here clear unwanted hair patches via waxing, sugaring, and threading. Use Groupon's comparison of these methods to help decide how you want to go bare.
Waxing: A relatively quick procedure with results that can last up to six weeks, waxing requires a technician to pull the entire hair follicle from its root using a heated, resin-based wax. Some find that after multiple waxes, the follicle ceases to produce hair.
Wax comes in soft and hard varieties. A paper or cloth strip is required to remove soft wax, which sticks both to the hair and the skin around it. Since the wax becomes pliable when cooled, beauticians can cover a large area and then quickly remove the hair all at once. Soft wax is usually more popular when removing hair on the face, arms, legs, chest, or back. Hard wax, on the other hand, cools into a solid form that can be pulled from the skin without a strip. The wax only adheres to the hair, not the skin, which can minimize pain and decrease the appearance of redness or bumps. Hard wax is typically preferred for areas where coarser hair grows, such as the bikini area.
Body sugaring: Long before wax was everyone's favorite food, ancient Egyptians were already stripping unwanted hair from the body by its root using a honey concoction. Similar to the waxing process, modern body sugaring involves cloaking a patch of hair in a sweet, sticky solution??typically made from sugar, lemon juice, and water??and then pulling out the hair using a cotton strip. Aside from the all-natural formula, sugaring differs from waxing in that the solution is lower in temperature, won't strip away live skin cells, and rinses off with water. Most people find sugaring less painful than waxing, and the technique naturally exfoliates the skin. Since it's safe for sensitive skin, sugaring has gained popularity for those removing hair in the bikini zone, above the lip, or on the chest.
Threading: During this centuries-old procedure, long practiced in Asia and the Middle East, a practitioner uses a loop of fine cotton thread to lasso the base of individual hairs, puling them from their roots with a quick tug of the hands. Since the method allows for greater precision than other hair-removal approaches, it is favored for shaping eyebrows and muttonchops and for removing unwanted facial hair. The thread barely touches the skin, making it a gentle alternative to waxing for those with sensitive skin or rosacea.
Whether looking to improve their skin's condition or enhance it, The Glamour Co. has clients covered. Under the direction of licensed aesthetician Pamela Abshear, the staff diminishes imperfections, such as fine lines and acne scars, with microdermabrasion—a process that uses a diamond-tipped wand to remove dead skin cells. The staff also renders mascara obsolete by darkening, curling, or adding length to lashes for weeks on end. For more permanent beauty, Abshear lines the eyes, lips, or brows with permanent-makeup pigment.
Skin Sultry has been helping clients flaunt healthy, beautiful skin for more than 15 years. Here, blueberries, oranges, and pumpkins stray from their standard jobs as healthy snacks and instead play a role in nourishing facial treatments. In blueberry bliss facials, for example, blueberries help brighten, exfoliate, and soften skin thanks to their potent antioxidants. Meanwhile, while some treatments rely on the nourishing power of vitamins and minerals, others rely on science for their skin-boosting prowess. Microcurrent facelifts use electricity to stimulate and tone facial muscles and re-set stopped internal clocks, while ultrasonic cavitation treatments help break down fat cells and flush out their contents for a slimmer, tighter physique. In addition to facial and body treatments, Skin Sultry can also enhance features with permanent makeup or highlight curves with non-toxic airbrush spray tans that impart a safe, long-lasting glow.
At The Club, the sun never sets––figuratively speaking. The tanning menu brims with services ranging from UV-free spray tanning to hassle-free standup and bed tanning in silver, gold, and platinum beds. Unlimited monthly passes are available, as well as special rewards for those who purchase lotion. Beyond tanning, The Club also offers piercing and tattoo services with expert artist Dorje Jigme, who specializes in Asian themes, freehand art, and Picasso-esque renderings of Abraham Lincoln. Along with piercings and tattoos, The Club also offers tightening, toning, and firming body wraps.
Few things in life are permanent. Except at Shaderz Ink, where the team includes tattoo artists, body piercers, and a permanent-cosmetic professional, all waiting to help customers to embrace long-lasting self-expression. Tattoo artists Angel Silva, Antonio Duran, and Josh Hartsfield etch skin in custom designs, with past work encompassing everything from vibrant, flame-flicked scissors to life-like portraits of beloved family members. Free-hand piercer Adam Harris draws upon a decade of experience to add hardware to any body part. For those looking for more subtle enhancements, permanent-cosmetic artist Sheley Davis literally wrote the book on the subject. The Handbook for the Permanent Cosmetic Professional is based upon her more than 15 years of experience in the business, which includes paramedical tattoo work performed for area surgeons. Her customers at Shaderz seek out Sheley for everything from smudge-proof eyeliner to kiss-proof lip liner, and her services may also be employed to help camouflage imperfections such as scars or Elvis-shaped tan lines.