Ten By Ten Lashes’ name says it all: here, it’s all about natural looking eyelash extenstions. Experienced technicians adhere Xtreme Lashes-brand extensions to the eye-line, drawing extra attention to the eyes for weddings, special nights out, or for everyday wear. Their services don’t end with the eyes, however; the staff also performs facials for all ages, waxing, peels, and skin tightening.
When Nicole Peskin earned her cosmetology licensed in 2001, that wasn’t the end of her education. She continued with advanced trainings in cutting techniques, color applications, and special styles for a night on the town. She dispenses her skills at Creative Layers Hair & Art Studio, where Nicole is her own boss, which only gets confusing when she must request a day off.
In the waiting area at Travis Beachum Salon, wood floors, a bright-white couch, and a coffee table conjure an intimate boutique aesthetic. After leading them from this space to his workstation, Brian Grindstaff clients relax as he snips away unwanted length and creates desired bangs and layers. In addition to crafting expert cuts, the stylist mixes fresh batches of dye, which he uses to paint strands with natural-looking highlights or or with vibrant, dramatic hues.
Eden Massage’s licensed therapists specialize in relieving pain; they’ve used their soothing skills to treat everything from carpal tunnel and sciatica to headaches and chronic fatigue. If you opt for the deep-tissue/sports knead, one of Eden’s therapists will use firm pressure to delve deeply into muscles and connective tissue to release the tension that prohibits you from bench-pressing goats. The Swedish massage is a lighter technique geared more toward relaxation. It uses long, sweeping strokes, friction, kneading, chopping movements, and gentle pulling of appendages to relieve physical tension, stimulate the lymphatic system, and melt stress into a puddle of biodegradable papier-mâché.
From within their cottage-style studio in downtown Cornelius, licensed aestheticians and makeup artists Casey Nelson and Lauren Knox treat faces to a menu of skin and makeup services. Glamorous purple hues and red accents fill their lounge—inspired by a French boudoir—where they tackle acne and aging with chemical peels and free pores of dirt and whack-a-moles with their 60-minute signature facial. Once faces are clean and fresh, Casey and Lauren gussy up features with a spectrum of makeup applications, from “just the eyes” to a full makeover. They also prune overgrown areas with waxing treatments for the legs, bikini area, and brows.
Tina Sewell, the licensed massage and bodywork therapist who helms Spa Bliss, channels the relaxing vibe of Hawaii with soothing strokes from around the world. After graduating from the Atlanta School of Massage, she honed her skills in a chiropractor's office in Maui. Here, she developed expertise in lomilomi, a Hawaiian massage technique that involves manipulating sore muscles with the hands and forearms. Like many of her services, lomilomi can ease physical tension while dissolving emotional stress and undigested fudgesicles. Tina also specializes in neuromuscular therapy, a blend of deep-tissue massage, trigger-point therapy, and Japanese shiatsu techniques that can decrease the chronic pain and stiffness caused by musculoskeletal disorders, tennis elbow, carpal-tunnel syndrome, and TMJ.