"I'm an artist and I started out in cosmetics … I just really enjoy helping people look great," says Alichia Ryan. Whether it is through the application of Extreme Lashes extensions, makeup, or an Infinity Sun airbrush tan, Alichia takes joy in enhancing appearances and boosting confidence levels. She has been a licensed aesthetician since 1997 and once owned her own Merle Norman studio outside of Los Angeles. Always learning about the latest beauty techniques and technologies, she holds certifications in microdermabrasion and permanent cosmetics, as well as an endorsement for Ad Vinci teeth whitening from the Vitruvius Man.
Wafaa Rendon honed her skills in Morocco before settling in to mountain-filled Colorado. On any given day, Wafaa highlights hair, covers strands with all-over color, and slathers on smoothing treatments using only environmentally friendly products. She is also a whiz with a pair of scissors, cutting away unwanted length on men, women, and children.
When the staff at Expert Waxer named their business, they didn’t do it to brag. They did it to acknowledge their specialty in the most complicated of all waxing treatments—the Brazilian. The deft technicians can swiftly depilate both male and female clients below the waist, using techniques that lessen pain while maintaining the highest level of hygienic practices. Outside of their signature service, the waxers also can rid clients of hair from both body and face to leave skin smooth and stubble-free. The salon’s estheticians also turn their hand to the face, offering hand-applied lash extensions and peels and microresurfacing treatments that remove signs of fine lines and acne scars.
Kristin Edwards represents a cosmetological double-threat: she carries certifications in both electrolysis and aesthetics. This means not only can she render skin permanently smooth and fuzz-free with her signature electrolysis treatments, but she can also unfold fine lines and dissipate dermal blemishes with anti-aging ultrasonic facials and dermaplaning treatments. Clients not ready for electrolysis can opt for Kristin's other hair-removal techniques: tried and true waxing, or sneezing so hard that your armpit hair falls off.
After beginning to adopt more environmentally conscious practices in their personal lives, hairstylists Joy and Jeremy realized how hard the salon atmosphere could be on Mother Nature and set out to open their own eco-friendly salon. Their salon's open floor plan, organized into chic styling stations and suffused in natural light from numerous surrounding windows, highlights bright modern salon furniture, all of which is reused. In addition to the décor, their green reach expands to the salon's all-natural styling products and energy-efficient, retractable blow dryers, which dangle from the ceiling like a paratrooper after a poorly executed landing. Their resident aestheticians, nail techs, and massage therapists dole out the salon's expansive menu of services, pampering clients with custom facials, head-to-toe waxing treatments, and relaxing mani-pedis.
Adhering to the spa-wide belief that natural ingredients and noninvasive treatments yield the best results in skincare, Velvet Day Spa pampers clients with a variety of services—ranging from facials to spray tanning—done with organic products. The skilled aestheticians also use their advanced industry experience to pamper clients with modern techniques and procedures including permanent-makeup applications, nonsurgical face-lifts, and microdermabrasions. Soon after opening the spa in 2007, owner Jeanette Ryan created an organic line of products called Velvet Skincare, which is counterintuitively not designed for people with textile skin.