After two years of undergraduate study, Amanda Martin decided to suspend her education at East Carolina University to pursue a career that applied her passion for nurturing others. She graduated from the Aveda Institute Chapel Hill aesthetics program in May 2011 and opened a small practice inside Carrboro Massage Therapy. Martin oversees a menu of facials that use Lemongrass Spa skincare products and body-waxing services that employ Plum Smooth amber soft wax, which is specially designed to remove hair from large areas of the body and prepare bearskin rugs for swimsuit season. Private treatment rooms soothe clients with pale yellow walls and purple décor.
The adroit and attentive aestheticians at The Little Wax Shop eradicate downy patches from pelvic planes with the antibacterial, botanically derived Nufree formula. Clients can consult with staff to personalize their service before practiced hands take 30 minutes or less to strip away swimwear-area fuzz. The full bikini wax extends past the bikini line for comprehensive coverage, leaving smooth skin betwixt hips for future beach errands or breakdance battles that escalate into synchronized swim-offs. After the treatment, finipil lotion banishes any remaining germs and dissuades new hair from returning too quickly.
Although soothing, massages aren’t just for relaxation—their benefits range from increased circulation to injury prevention. Licensed therapist Shannon Hester understands this, tailoring his services to fit the individual needs of his clients. Relying on an arsenal of modalities and techniques, he painstakingly expunges knots and alien probes cleverly disguised as knots. At Wellness Associates of Chapel Hill, Hester works alongside colleagues Duncan McChesney and Kristine Pita, who tap into their massage-therapy backgrounds to rejuvenate clients.
Often when an eyebrow threader removes unwanted brow hair, they hold one end of the cotton thread in their mouth. But at Wow Brows!, threaders actually tie the thread around their neck, a technique that has been deemed by threading regulators in North Carolina to be more sanitary. In addition to shaping brows without disturbing the topmost layer of skin, hair-removal experts banish fuzz from all over the face.
The licensed waxers at Oue La La Waxing Salon specialize in clearing unwanted fuzz from the body's nethermost hair-bearing regions. They coat these "caves"—as the menu refers to them—with quality hard and soft waxes hand picked from around the world. When clients glide out the door, they likely won't need to go home and tweez out stragglers, thanks to the team's attention to detail and more than 14 years of experience.
When ABC 11 broadcasted a feature on licensed massage therapist and trainer Jeff Wooten, they likened him to a car mechanic. That’s because of the way that he “tunes up” patients with massage therapy and fitness training at The Body Mechanic, restoring bodies to peak performance and patching up their malfunctioning radiators. In his efforts to relieve tension and pain, he uses massage modalities that range from soothing Swedish kneading to strength-stretching massages that loosen every major joint in the body. Patrons can also attend Dynamic Power Training classes that combine kung fu, calisthenics, and yoga for therapeutic workouts.