Skin Elements MedSpa's Dr. Gail Griffin supervises a team of registered nurses and skin specialists as they perform a suite of advanced aesthetic services using tools including hair- and tattoo-removing lasers, dermal fillers, and microdermabrasion wands. To ward off signs of aging and restore patients' youthful glow, the team can create an individualized beauty plan incorporating traditional spa facials to address fine lines or acne, chemical peels to erase hyperpigmentation and smooth wrinkles, and microdermabrasion to resurface faces for a perfect canvas for moisturizer, makeup, or clown noses applied with Gorilla Glue. Clients can seek more pronounced results with dermal fillers such as Botox, which enter the skin via injection where they work to immobilize the muscles that cause wrinkles on the forehead and around the mouth and eyes.
With padded lime-green chairs lounging on a pillared porch that runs the length of a two-story, century-old wooden house in Dilworth, Folicle could easily be mistaken for a bed and breakfast at first glance. Though they can’t stay the night, guests are encouraged to stop and rest awhile as stylists and aestheticians snip, shade, and smooth their hair, shape their nails, or unknot their muscles amid floor-to-ceiling mirrors that reflect honey wood floors.
Globetrotting salon CEO Edward Woody shares expertise garnered from training with Vidal Sassoon, Aveda, and the Netherlands’ Keune and a sense of style honed while designing dos for Badgley Mischka, Ellen Tracy, and the fashion spreads of several magazines. Visitors who catch his ear may find him ready to point out the salon’s eco-friendly features, such as a shampoo-area floor made from recycled tennis shoes and furniture made from banana plants whose monkeys had already abandoned them.
Que Blankenship, owner of Plush Hair Lounge, keeps her eye on a wide variety of sources for inspiration, from couture catwalks to classic starlets to edgy urban settings. Whatever the look, she works to make it accessible to her clients' lifestyles by selecting flattering hues, enhancing the hair’s natural motion with cuts, and sculpting styles that stay sultry with little attention. Before stylists begin any treatment, they make good on the promise implicit in Plush Hair Lounge’s name by providing customers with a complimentary glass of wine and a scalp massage whose motions mimic the brain waves produced by dreams about cuddling a cloud. When Que and her staff aren't subduing frizz with keratin treatments, lengthening locks with extensions, or crafting special-occasion updos for proms and weddings, they teach clients how to keep their hair healthy with at-home regimens.
Vervé Beauty Spa & Salon's owner and licensed cosmetologist, Verbena Wilson, beautifies physiques with massage, facial, waxing, nail, and hair services. Experienced staff members wield Image Skincare products comprised of organic ingredients, as well as contemporary techniques in hair-cuttery and manicures.
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Anne Pipkin was once a loyal customer of gorgeousGLO. But she loved the spray-tanning salon so much that she couldn't resist becoming the owner. In that capacity, Pipkin joins with her fellow staff members, Donna Sloop, Zoe Shook, and Catherine Slaven, to share their studio's natural spray-tanning formula with their clients. They help tanners achieve bronzed hues without the incurring harmful effects of UV rays or painstakingly coloring themselves in gold crayon. Alternatively, an on-site blow-out center manned by stylists Charlie Butler, Stephanie Rivera, Emily McCorkle, Deidra Sigarroa, Christina Couch, Lauren Wescott, and Zoe Shook top off tan looks with sleekly styled coifs. Blowouts, updos, and conditioning treatments prepare locks for special events including prom, weddings, and engagement parties.
Four of Fuze Salon's stylists have more than a decade of experience, and Artistic Director Chip Perry has spent more than two decades in the business. Perry spent time as a national performing artist for Redken and specialized in teaching corrective color at the Redken Exchange, so it’s no surprise the salon uses ammonia-free Redken Chromatics dye as its go-to. Like Fievel Mousekewitz, his journey to happiness began with petty theft. His online biography describes how he would commandeer his neighbors' dolls as a child and "spend hours trying to twist the two inches of fiber into different shapes.” Now, he styles brides and men's cuts with equal dexterity, and keeps his hands busy raising two dogs, contributing to the boards of two charitable organizations, and rallying the community around philanthropic drives and walks.