Carolyn B. Melby has more certifications and licenses than she can shake a stick at—an obvious truth when you consider that she has yet to receive a certification in stick shaking. During her 30-plus years in the skincare industry, Carolyn has earned an aesthetician license, two business degrees, a certification in permanent makeup, and a license in medical laser technology in the state of Arizona. Given such a broad skill set, her similarly wide selection of services comes as little surprise to her clients. Of her many talents, Carolyn most often works with aging, acne-prone, or hyperpigmented skin—conditions that she diligently treats with high-end services such as microdermabrasion, skin-rejuvenation therapy, and permanent makeup applications.
With more than 10 years of threading experience behind her, owner Premakumari P. exiles unwanted strands on nine body areas with sharp attention to detail at Beauty by Vaibhavi. In practicing the ancient art, she wraps a thin, 100% cotton thread around a line of hairs before quickly pulling to remove them at the follicular level, unlike tweezing, which only ousts one strand at a time.
Henna artists accent the newly minted skin with ornately crafted floral patterns and designs. With henna cones in hand, they weave images that vary in detail, from simple yet striking dragonflies and Ankh symbols to larger and more elaborate illustrations of elephants, rabbits, and trees. Ceremonial henna tattoos decorate bodies with a reddish brown ink that's believed to bring good luck. Customers can further enhance their features at the hands of threading artists, who brandish strands of thin cotton to meticulously shape eyebrows and remove unwanted facial hair. The process is quicker and gentler than traditional waxing, allowing patrons to stop by whenever they're on lunch or have placed an identically dressed mannequin at their desk.
Along with being an accomplished singer and jazz composer, Dr. Elisa S. Mashal of Laguna Laser Hair Removal & Aesthetics has practiced dermatology medicine for more than 15 years. Within the building's private treatment rooms, she and her team of trained specialists zap away tattoos, unwanted hair, and spider veins using advanced laser technology. The Candela AlexTriVantage and GentleMax laser systems pulse at varying wavelengths to zap every pigment of ink or blemish while stimulating the growth of new, healthy cells.
Dr. Mashal and her staff also conduct microdermabrasions and facials that rejuvenate visages with Rhonda Allison skincare products. To ensure that every client receives expert care, the clinic's technicians keep their skills fresh with continuing education and pop quizzes in the middle of treatments.
Arizona Permanent Makeup's Mary Ellen worked in nursing before deciding to combine two of her passions—creativity and caring for others—into a career as a permanent-makeup artist. Having trained under a certified micropigmentation instructor, Mary Ellen uses only high-quality, hypoallergenic inks for her permanent-makeup procedures, which can help women feel more confident while simplifying their morning makeup routines. Using a fine, sterile needle, Mary Ellen implants pigment into the brows, lips, or eyelids to create a custom look that is as natural or dramatic as the client chooses. Aside from defining features, the procedure can also be used to add a beauty mark or to correct irregularities caused by scars or blemishes.
It should surprise nobody that Wax On Wax Off is devoted to the art of hair removal. What is surprising, however, is just how many treatments fill the menu at this strictly-waxing boutique. Hands, legs, chins, eyebrows, bikini lines, even feet—none of these areas are off-limits to the team of waxing specialists. There are even special waxing services for men (the "Bro"-zilian is an increasingly popular choice that leave skin smooth and comes with a righteous high five).