At Skin Solutions and More, licensed aesthetician Neff smoothes and beautifies the skin with a cornucopia of dermal services. Certified in microdermabrasion, she sloughs off the outer layers of facial skin with microdermabrasions or chemical peels, uncovering fresh, healthy complexions. As a microcurrent anti-aging therapist, she tones facial muscles with mild electric currents, lifting loose skin and minimizing fine lines. In addition to offering facial services, she performs body treatments and waxes.
Located within Sola Salons, Primped Beauty Studio's founder and licensed aesthetician, Candace Holiday Williams, wields 12 years of skincare expertise, including experience as an educator, waxer, and makeup artist. Facial treatments finesse fa?ades by reducing fine lines and evening skin tone, and makeup applications and eyelash extensions enhance facial expressions so that loved ones can retire their magnifying glasses. Waxing sessions evict unwanted hair, leaving bodies smooth for easier morning commutes via water slide.
Scissors snip and flash bulbs ignite at Chamiese Marion Hair and Photography Studio, where the team of stylists revises looks and captures clients flaunting new ‘dos for the camera. Armed with a full menu of hair services, stylists set to work cutting and coloring hair with ombre and balayage color techniques or braiding and twisting hair at their natural-beauty braid bar. Meanwhile, makeup artists retouch complexions and accentuate cheekbones with Mary Kay, MAC, and Inglot makeup.
Ever since graduating from the Von Lee International School of Aesthetics in 1993, licensed aesthetician Cathy Hunt has been giving her clients the gift of softer, clearer, younger-looking skin. During facial appointments at The Facial Room, she improves skin tone and texture with products by brands such as Academie, Bion, and Oxygen Botanicals. Chemical peels or diamond-tip microdermabrasion sessions buff away fine lines and hyperpigmentation.
Weston Designs Salon and Spa offers a range of beauty services, but its focus is on one of the first features that people notice—the eyes. Aestheticians and makeup artists enhance eyes with natural-looking eyebrow and eyelash tinting, which create the illusion of fullness. Brow-shaping services help clients get a more defined arch, and Xtreme eyelash extensions pump up volume sans mascara. Invigorating facial treatments are also available.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.