Linda Bowers channels two decades of experience in the health and beauty industry into her vision: helming a tranquil spa that allows the mind, spirit, and body to relax and rejuvenate. To do this, she’s transformed her studio into a peaceful refuge where clients can temporarily escape the stresses of work, family, and ferociously persistent encyclopedia salesmen. Within these peaceful digs, she and her staff perform services for the skin, including facials, corrective skin peels, and microdermabrasion. They also gussy up appearances with SofTap permanent makeup and spa waxing sessions performed with gentle products. To ensure relaxation penetrates deeper than skin level, the staff hosts a full menu of relaxing massages that include traditional Swedish massages, deep-tissue modalities, and hot-stone therapies.
Unlike dentists and dietitians, aesthetician Vonadale Silva-Ramirez tends to prescribe sugar to her clients. Of course, she isn't telling those clients to eat it. Instead, she uses sugar in an all-natural paste that removes unwanted hairs when applied to the body and stripped away. This sweet technique uproots hairs in the same direction as their natural growth pattern, thereby reducing the risk of ingrown or broken strands. Also, the natural sugar mixture is water soluble, so it won't stick to the skin or follow clients home in the rain.
In addition to her hair-removal services, Vonadale performs facials that include cleansing, exfoliation, and customized masks to address a variety of different skin conditions. She can also embellish skincare appointments with add-ons ranging from glycolic peels to manual microdermabrasions to bottles of daytime lotion customized to the client's unique skincare needs.
Signature Service: Color and cut
Brands Used: Pravana
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Pro Tip: Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays by appointment
An instructor in more than 30 countries and the author of 20 book chapters and articles on dermatology, Dr. Timothy J. Rosio of AnewSKIN Dermatology stands out in a field of experts because he taught the experts. Today, his practice flourishes as he and his staff perform both medical and cosmetic procedures that promote his patients' overall wellbeing. Dr. Rosio primarily uses lasers to perform cosmetic treatments such as fractional resurfacing of the face or eyelid lifts. His medical programs focus on preventative and corrective dermatological care, with treatments such as laser removal of pre-cancer, skin cancer screenings, mole removal, and varicose vein treatments. With each session, the doctor strives to educate his patients as well, informing them about unchecked moles, acne, and the benefits of prolonged self-tickling.
At Ava Jade Salon & Spa, blue and white accents reminiscent of a frosted cupcake surround clients as they indulge in hair makeovers, skin rejuvenation, and body-coddling treatments. Dermalogica products cleanse pore pastures during custom facials and back treatments, clearing skin of the dirt and oil caked to it after falling asleep in a parking lot without irritants such as lanolin, SD alcohol, mineral oil, and artificial fragrances. In addition, the staff shampoos and styles natural hats with sulfate- and paraben-free products by Unite. After banishing split ends with a precision cut, hair-tamers can add depth to manes with highlights, strengthen locks with deep-conditioning treatments, or disguise patrons from IRS auditors with all-over color.
Twelve-year-old Maria Biundo lifts her little sister onto the top of a hamper in their parents' bathroom. She leans in, bringing her face close to the 8-year-old tot's, as she begins to work—sweeping blush across cheeks, shadow over eyelids, and a vibrant hue on lips. After the transformation is complete, Maria steps back to observe her sister's beautified features, and a broad smile spreads across both their faces. The right makeup, she realizes, can make one feel good inside and out. Today, Maria—now a licensed aesthetician—designs the services at Escape & Unwind Salon Spa to emphasize beauty's uplifting effects. She brings homemade chocolate-chip cookies into work each day, pressing them upon clients between facials, massages, manicures, and waxing and makeup services. She also insists that her team undergoes training with reps from skincare and makeup lines such as Jan Marini, Moroccanoil, and DermaQuest to ensure they're using the latest beauty techniques. For maximum pampering, she even hires a professional chef to cater services for bridal parties and other groups with light, healthy food.