After graduating from beauty school and obtaining her cosmetology license, Cristi Dearasaugh decided to open a place to call her own––Hair Mechanics. Her services include men's, women's, and kids' cuts, as well as perms, coloring, and up-dos. Natural and acrylic nails get primped with artfully applied polishes and unwanted facial hairs are removed with wax rather than a powerful vacuum-cleaner hose.
Unique Threading Salon specializes in threading, a hair-removal process that uses cotton thread to pull strands more precisely and with less pain than waxing. The salon's hair-removal experts are also adept at traditional waxing—they use soothing formulas with plant-derived waxes and essential oils—and sugaring. Sugaring uses an all-natural blend of sugar, water, and lemon juice to remove hair, and works well on sensitive areas such as the face, bikini line, and papier-mâché peg legs.
At Riverside Health & Wellness, Hydei Herrera maps out paths to good health through skincare, yoga, and body work services. A licensed therapist for the last decade as well as a mother of three, Herrera is all too familiar with life's balancing act, and uses that experience to help her patients achieve both physical and mental wellness. She's especially skilled in aesthetic skincare, a craft that manifests itself in an assortment of skin-related treatments that includes facials, waxes, chemical peels, and full-body scrubs. Moreover, Riverside Health & Wellness's staffers go beyond traditional spa services by using laser technology, which they use to remove tattoos, oust unwanted hair, and zap aliens from Venus.
Although Patrice Collins works alongside a team of medical doctors and laser specialists, she wields her own secret healing weapon: massage therapy. The licensed practitioner soothes stress and assuages sore or injured muscles with a range of massage techniques, including the taps, kneads, and clogging routines of Swedish massage and the concentrated pressure of the deep-tissue technique. Whereas Patrice deals with tissues, joints, and muscles, the rest of the SkinStar staff works on aesthetics, erasing wrinkles and tattoos with noninvasive lasers or nixing uncontrollable acne with a Spectra Peel.
A small clinic, Arkansas Simply Skin harbors none of the coldness of a large medical center. The technicians convey a warm bedside manner as they carry out their medical-grade beauty services. Board-certified physicians supervise the clinic's cosmetic laser treatments and anti-aging facials, making sure the patients and practice cantaloupes receive the most meticulous care. Arkansas Simply Skin's technicians make handy use of products from SkinCeuticals, a pharmaceutical-grade line of skincare products designed by scientists who are tapped into the dermatological community.
Microdermabrasion is a treatment that removes the face's stratum corneum, or outermost surface of the skin. These dead cells stifle the under-face like a mother who coils her grown children in plus-sized swaddling cloths. At Mona Spa, expert aestheticians perform the procedure over the course of 45 minutes. Lie back and let their well-trained hands guide a Clarisonic cleaning brush over your facial region, ridding it of oppressive dirt and overly sentimental oil. The crystal-free cool microdermabrasion treatment comes next, followed by LED therapy delivered with gentle airflow to soothe your recently excavated baby skin. Top it all off with the gentle hug of a moisture mask that will protect your face from the harsh rays of the sun, especially useful if the sun is breaking into your house at night to watch your cable.