In 1979, Carol Lewis began her business with nothing more than an aesthetician's license. Her client list swelled over time as area dermatologists began referring more and more of their patients to Carol and praising her signature facials, which incorporate everything from hydrating balms to microdermabrasion to create healthier-looking skin. To keep up with the steady influx of new clients, she started hiring people, including aestheticians, massage therapists, nail and waxing technicians, and a support staff to memorize each new visitor's middle name. Today, when she isn't overseeing the spa, Carol shares this story and others with professional women's groups, delivering inspirational keynote speeches on pursuing success and embracing potential.
The staff at Progressive Laser beautify bodies with minimally invasive med-spa services during appointments scheduled seven days a week. Microdermabrasion and chemical peels exfoliate visages to imbue skin with a youthful glow, and injections of dermal fillers and Botox help smooth out fine lines. Hair removal with a Lumenis LightSheer laser can also clear-cut body foliage or pay homage to a favorite parent by shaping a patch of arm hair to spell out mom.
For more than 25 years, makeup artist Carolina has enhanced the appearances and advanced the careers of models and film actors. As the head of Makeup Mavens On Location, she carries over her expertise to perform professional makeup and skincare services for all kinds of clients. Carolina and her staff of beauty enhancers provide services—from waxing to kinetic dermabrasion—from their space inside Bardha Salon, and can also travel to their clients for onsite events such as weddings or interviews with the dean of admissions at clown college.
Following a consultation, Carolina or one of her aestheticians matches each client with ideal treatments, which include facials and peels, airbrushing, and traditional makeup application. Makeup artists typically apply Pizazz! Mineral Cosmetics, a cosmetics line designed for all skin types that uses hypoallergenic formulas enhanced with vitamins and peptides, and is always made free of dyes, wax, oil, and kindergarten finger paint.
Truth Beauty & Wellness Spa's green-minded staff of estheticians and therapists beckons passersby to escape the hustle and bustle of the outside world and mellow out to a menu of eco-friendly treatments powered by all-natural, organic products. Sips from chakra-balancing teas and wafts of aromatherapy scents drift achy physiques toward tranquility during the spa's tension-releasing massages, which include Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue modalities. Rather than waiting for adult swim at the local tar pit, guests can shed unwanted bodily fuzz with hair-removal services using plant-based wax. Truth Beauty's manicurists adds aesthetic allure to natural backscratchers with a variety of vegan nail treatments that completely eschew animal byproducts.
Beauty By Rx adapts its massive array of beauty services to each customer's specific skin type using medical-grade products. An award-winning facial such as the 90-minute signature facial ($200) gets your skull mask glowing like stained glass at sunset with 100% natural pure essential oils. Otherwise, dejowl with a lifting and firming vitamin-C facial ($125/80 minutes), cut down on rosacea with a desensitizing treatment ($105/50 minutes), or obtain the shockingly smooth skin of an electric eel with the cooling seaweed facial ($100/50 minutes). Beauty By Rx can also target a facial to acne, dry skin, lines, and even ingrown hairs on gentlemen—and can dish out the same medicine to your corporeal cover with its various body wraps. The frazzled can squeeze out the stress with an 80-minute hot-stone massage ($140). Beauty By Rx can also forcibly eject unwanted hair by using laser hair removal to vaporize errant follicles from pretty much any area of the body ($75–$600). Traumatized stormtroopers, meanwhile, can avoid the lasers entirely with the spa's waxing services ($15+).
Unlike the sun, who can't be bothered to give up his beauty sleep, Birmingham Tan keeps bronzing bodies till 9 p.m. on weekdays and offers convenient weekend hours to suit busy schedules. Staffed by a team of knowledgeable tanning experts, the salon maintains a fleet of Puretan and Suncapsule tanning equipment that baste pale skin with five varying levels of hue-shifting rays. Those hoping to avoid the synthetic beams can opt for a UV-free Mystic Tan session, which includes a brief instruction video that shows first timers how to operate the booth or use it as an emergency floatation device.