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.
Powered by friendly, automated furbishing machines, Planet Beach Contempo Spa rejuvenates physiques as it shuttles minds to futuristic states of refreshment. Founder Stephen Smith established the franchise's inaugural shop in the space vacated by a down-and-out tanning salon called Electric Beach. After tweaking the name to reflect his dream of creating an otherworldly relaxation haven, he opened the doors and began filling New Orleans with tanned bodies.
Today, Planet Beach patrons can pop in for much more than just tanning; services such as red-light therapy accost wrinkles with infrared photons designed to stimulate collagen production, and UV therapy can boost moods and darken skin, much like showering with a bar of chocolate. Clients can also detoxify with the hydration capsule, which saturates bodies with waves of steam that can open pores. Bolstered by a line of beauty-enhancing products, aesthetic treatments such as custom airbrush tanning and teeth whitening make outer shells glow brighter than an embarrassed quasar.
The specialists at Threading Place twist and turn a single piece of cotton thread as if it was an extension of their own hands. They use it to gently remove unwanted fuzz above lips, shape eyebrows, and play Cat’s Cradle in between clients.
Makeup artist Colette English believed that women should have a place to go that provided them with all necessary hair, skin, and makeup services for weddings, special events, and everyday touchups. To make this happen, she assembled a group of her most talented peers, who united their powers as the staff of All Dolled Up Hair, Skin and Makeup. The team offers a full menu of in-studio and on-location services, including photo shoots, which have won them awards such as Best of Weddings on The Knot and Bride's Choice on WeddingWire. As subscribers to the maxim that a person's education is never complete—like construction in Chicago—the staffers continually participate in training programs, which also keep them abreast of the latest trends and styles.
It’s fitting that Kelly Mosher works out of Reflection Salon & Spa, because the hairstylist’s fashionable cuts and texturizing treatments oftentimes reflect the salon’s own chic décor. Kelly seems to feel right at home in her surroundings, greeting clients in the comfortable waiting area before leading them to the shampoo station’s row of throne-like chairs. When she isn’t washing, conditioning, and cutting hair, Kelly enhances eyelashes with natural-looking extensions that heighten the drama of every wink or perplexed squint.