Black-and-white portraits pop against walls of silver damask. An antique love seat sidles up to a zebra-printed chest. A chandelier's light glints against a table's gilded filigree. Although The Beauty Dive's historic-cottage setting radiates all things vintage, there is nothing dated about the pampering that occurs at the able hands of owner Yvette Reese and her staff. Yvette suffuses her studio with an atmosphere of creativity, encouraging her stylists and aestheticians to heed their own artistic inspiration as they forge modern hairstyles, eye-catching nails, and captivating cosmetic applications. To keep the image artisans up-to-date on the latest techniques, industry experts arrive every few months to lavish the staff with hands-on training and lessons in split-end psychology.
As stylists sculpt coifs to flatter individual faces, pedicure clients melt into oversize armchairs and bask in the skills of a master Shellac nail technician, who dips feet in fresh bowls of lavender-infused water before refining nails with sterile implements, unused files and buffers, and Opi and CND polishes. The beauty experts wield serums by Eminence Organics, Rusk, and Kevin Murphy, each of which are available for purchase to aid at-home primping. Between services, clients sip on wine, champagne, and martinis as they browse the boutique's collection of accessories and apparel from Johnny Was and 4 Love and Liberty, savoring a better union of sparkles and spirits than the wedding-ring speakeasies of the 1920 diamond prohibition.
Dr. Lawrence Broder of Beleza Med Spa began his 16-year career in surgery and primary care, but has shifted his dedication to medical aesthetics, helping people reshape their bodies and evade signs of aging. He continues to build on his surgical knowledge with coursework and bihourly games of Operation, and has slimmed more than 500 physiques with laser-driven SmartLipo and smoothed hundreds of complexions with DOT (dermal optical thermolysis) resurfacing treatments. Dr. Broder supervises each of Beleza's locations, ensuring that every confidence-boosting injection, augmentation, lift, and peel is done with expertise and professionalism.
As a licensed medical aesthetician and certified laser technician, Tammy Alexander feels right at home in every corner of her beauty spa. Her six facials include anti-aging glycolic peels and diamond-tipped microdermabrasion treatments, and she can even exfoliate skin on the back with steam and masks of french clay. Alexander expertly removes fuzz during her bikini and Brazilian waxes. She also offers cosmetic treatments that include eyelash extensions, organic airbrush tanning, and jane iredale–makeup applications.
Alite Laser?s three locations act as upscale sanctuaries where clients can go to lose spider veins and unwanted fat, but their specialty is hair removal. A trio of hair-removal procedures?waxing, laser removal, and electrolysis?fight follicles more effectively than scaring hair away like it?s a case of the hiccups. When they aren?t performing laser hair-removal procedures, technicians harness the power of light to brighten skin during facials.
The beauty experts at Allure Laser & Day Spa rely on state-of-the-art aesthetic technology to help their clients look their best. Armed with Candela?s GentleLASE Plus laser, they zap away unwanted fuzz, reducing the need for razors, wax, and tiny lawn mowers. Microdermabrasion treatments paired with ExcellaWave ultrasound energy revitalize tired complexions, whereas SkinMedica peels fight wrinkles and encourage cell renewal.
The highly trained staff at VIP Skin Spa customizes each and every one of their treatments to meet the specific aesthetic needs of their clients. Cleansers and serums are chosen carefully for unique benefits, such as anti-aging or anti-acne, and more advanced techniques are used to fight off laxity, brown spots, and cheetah spots. The aestheticians can administer microcurrent treatments on either the face or the body, use gentle electric pulses that promote toning and tightening. Clients are made to feel welcome from the moment they walk in the door and can enjoy a cucumber water or hot herbal tea from the refreshment bar.