Donnelle Gaston is a woman with many titles and talents. Currently a massage therapist, Donnelle has also been a nutritional-science grad, Peace Corps health educator in Haiti, and, more recently, a mom. At Moonflower Massage, her past experiences inspire a holistic approach to massage and healing. Well versed in massage modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, movement therapy, and reflexology, to name a few, Donnelle customizes massages to fulfill individual needs and relax her clients without spiking their water with a hearty amount of horse tranquilizers. She also specializes in prenatal massage and oncology massage. Tailored specifically to cancer patients, oncology therapy can ease pain, nausea, and anxiety, and even soften scar tissue after surgery.
At Beautiful Image Anti-Aging, owner Elaine Colter and staff noninvasively freshen faces and physiques with the microcurrent sessions that have earned her business features in Lake Norman Woman magazine and the Charlotte Observer. During the procedure, conducting wands relay currents into bodies at key acupuncture points, speeding up the production of collagen and elastin and reeducating muscles to reduce wrinkles, lift sagging skin, and pick up cars. Potential benefits can include a youthful, pink glow, tighter skin, and a reduction in visible blemishes and under-eye circles.
After years of working at other salons, stylist Lisa Mayo Wilfong decided to venture out on her own, and opened Cutting Image Salon in New York’s East Village. To her delight, the three-chair salon earned tons of positive press in New York Magazine, Beauty News NYC, and the coloring book of her niece. So in 2007, she and her husband Stephen introduced the brand to North Carolina markets. The concept—high-fashion services at reasonable prices—was a big hit and led to the salon’s new slogan, “NYC Style at NC Prices.”Today, the L’Oreal Professionnel salon operates out of three North Carolina locations. Junior, senior, and master stylists offer haircuts, coloring treatments, and chemical relaxers, all backed by a satisfaction guarantee.
The HC Wellness Center offers both traditional and alternative therapies to assist clients in achieving optimal health, wellness and balance. Featuring as its principle service Colon Hydrotherapy, formerly seen only at fine spas and destination resorts,
Licensed aesthetician Rokeya M. Thomas has what she calls a "passion to pamper," and as owner of The Royal Day Spa, Thomas is ideally positioned to fulfill that calling. Using professional-grade products from the likes of Dermalogica and Bioelements, Thomas treats clients to indulgent, head-to-toe services ranging from botanically infused chemical peels and deep-cleansing facials to therapeutic massages and body treatments. Thomas's dedication to comfort also comes through in the spa's cozy décor, which incorporates soft ivory couches and overstuffed pillows filled with cumulus clouds.
Skin Serenity is what happens when a licensed aesthetician and a family nurse practitioner team up to provide holistic beauty and health treatments. Peels, facials, and microdermabrasion beautify façades by exfoliating dead skin cells, supplying vitamins, and subduing acne and hyperpigmentation. The menu also includes medical treatments that obscure spider veins, aid in weight loss, and prevent facial muscles from forming wrinkles that spell out bad words.
Patrons’ hair and nails stay in tip-top shape thanks to the pros at Diversity Hair & Nail Boutique. Stylists cut the hair of clients as young as 1 year, and can add more drama to coifs with color, extensions, and roller sets. Even eyelashes are tended to, with extensions mixed into existing fringe. Nail technicians trim overgrown keratin sheets before covering them in regular or chip-resistant Shellac polish in a kaleidoscope of hues.