Once it makes its way in through the large window draped in elegant red cloth, sunlight refracts off the many mirrors lining the earth-toned walls, illuminating the staffers as they wield scissors, nail brushes, or specialized facial ingredients. At hairstyling stations, certified Redken color specialists dye strands with flattering hues, and Great Lengths hair-extension experts elongate locks without inconspicuously feeding them into a moving escalator. Nail techs in a private suite draw from shelves of OPI polish during mani-pedis designed to gussy up natural or acrylic nails. The resident aesthetician, meanwhile, can perform waxing and skincare services and highlight features with permanent-makeup applications. For special events, such as weddings and dances, the entire team eagerly joins forces to help clients look their best.
Amid hair-snipping stylists, licensed aesthetician Nikki Shahan attends to epidermal needs. Nikki employs custom skin masks, powerful chemical peels, ultrasonic treatments, and grandmotherly cheek pinches to rejuvenate skin of all types.
Aesthetician Agnes Logue honed her skincare expertise in Europe before chartering her specialty facials and complexion-restoring prowess to U.S. soil. From her comfortable and relaxing office, she unveils fresher, smoother skin on faces and full bodies using Pevonia products, which feature prominently into facials and microdermabrasion treatments designed to edge out blemishes, dead skin, and ingrown glitter. The 25-year industry veteran also helps her guests become their aesthetic best through eyelash tinting and perming and body-waxing services.
Equipped with an all-natural paste refined throughout the ages, New Beginnings Skin Care & Massage’s therapists abolish unwanted hair from a variety of bodily geography with the ancient Egyptian method of body sugaring. After entrapping hair from root to tip in the sticky glaze, therapists gently lift hair out in its natural direction, freeing surfaces from fuzzy patches or worn out Dukakis '88 bumper stickers. Less painful than waxing, sugary remedies can be applied anywhere on the body, including the eyebrows ($15+), the bikini line ($25+), or the chest and abs ($65). Sugar treatments begin to deplete follicles after several sessions, often forcing threads to disappear completely before starting new lives as mysterious strangers in hardscrabble mountain towns.
Led by a stylist with more than two decades of experience, m Studio’s expert aestheticians trim tresses and whisk away unwanted hair with high-quality products and able shearsmanship. In the hands of careful waxing technicians, Cirepil Blue wax, imported from France and formulated to forefend irritation, encapsulates undesirable hairs, preparing beach-bound bodies for unbeatable skinny-dipping relay-race times.
North Lake Massage & Skin Care taps the talents of Kristen Cocca Pepin, a former certified athletic trainer, and Bethany Lambrecht, a licensed aesthetician, to create an oasis for relaxation and rejuvenation. Kristen, Michelle, and Corina offer a variety of massage modalities, which range from Swedish and deep tissue to ashiatsu oriental bar therapy—an ancient Eastern Asian treatment that utilizes bars, creams, and oils that target inflammation and initiate pain relief. Bethany, Roxy, and Kris offer Bioelements facials that are customized to each client’s skin needs and include a retinue of cleansing and rejuvenating applications. Other services at North Lake Massage & Skin Care include airbrush tanning, infrared sauna, and waxing.