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.
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.
The staff greets Dream Day Spa's visitors with a glass of sparkling mineral water and a smile?a mere prelude to the pampering that is to come in this oasis's treatment rooms. Massages send tension drifting up into the ether, and body wraps exfoliate and nourish the skin. The spa's overflowing bath provides a continuous flow of burbling water, keeping the body warm and immersed throughout the session, and the steam room opens the pores with piped-in eucalyptus scents.
Facials fight signs of aging, and chemical peels provide more dramatic results by stripping away the topmost layer of skin. This removes everything from sun damage to wrinkles to the stubborn body glitter left over from your prom.
What we grow to love is sometimes in the hands of fate, as makeup artist Aimee Aquitania, proprietor of All Occasions Artistry, has discovered. In 2011, a car accident left Aimee unable to stand for long periods of time, so she knew she had to find a way to support herself that didn’t require her to be on her feet. After choosing aesthetics, her first makeup gig was for a wedding, and Aimee often looks back with surprise that she, a self-proclaimed tomboy, fell in love with such a delicate art.
In her plum-colored headquarters at Studio 55 Salon Suites, bronze double-sconce lighting illuminates countenances as Aimee enhances features with traditional cosmetics or tattoo-like permanent makeup. In addition to offsite trips to beautify wedding parties or paint faces on coconuts for shipwrecked sailors, she travels to homes to give makeup lessons or overhaul clients’ makeup bags by evaluating each cream, powder, and liner. After a sharp rap on the door, she can be found waiting on porches with a Norvell airbush tanning system to burnish bodies before sugaring and waxing away unwanted hair.
The team behind Lux Salon and Spa primp patrons with services amid stately wooden styling stations, tile floors, and orange accents. Hairstylists mold manes with products by Redken, Pureology, Paul Mitchell, and Brazilian Blowout. Beauty techs tint fa?ades with spray tanning and nourish epidermises with skin treatments by Rhonda Allison and Image. They also evict unwanted hair with wax, enhance beloved fuzz with brow tinting and lash extensions, and adorn hands and feet with OPI polish. Massage and bodywork heighten the relaxation. At the front of the shop, a boutique area with jewelry, hats, and scarves equips guests with accessories before they return to the outside world and their robot overlords.
At Scene Cosmetics, owner and founder Stacey Sacco helps clients achieve their dream look while also teaching them about proper makeup application so they can achieve the red-carpet look at home. Stacey uses the Scene PRO makeup line, which she designed to endure the stresses of professional photo shoots, the plot twists of film and TV work, and the hot lights and constant face licking of the stage. She and her crew also lead private makeup lessons, working with their own products and the client’s regular makeup to help master a look.