Clients leave Elite Ink transformed. Images of wolves, ankhs, and hearts permanently paint their skin, and metal loops dangle from earlobes, bellybuttons, and even throats. Such services are made possible by the tireless work of talented artists, each of whom has received Blood Borne Pathogen Certification from the American Red Cross. Sterilized, prepackaged needles ensure safety and that every torso portrait of Marvin the Martian aboard a razor scooter is pixel-perfect. A backlog of photos speaks to the caliber of work produced by Elite Ink’s artists. The tattooed names of ex-boyfriends and parents who put a hold your allowance can be safely removed by undergoing laser tattoo-removal treatments.
Jen draws on more than 15 years in the permanent-makeup industry to fill in sparse eyebrows, augment lash lines with permanent eyeliner, and strategically trace on lip liner to counterbalance lip asymmetries. The tattoo-like makeup applications streamline morning beauty routines, cutting out minutes spent distinguishing eyeliner from off-brand fountain pens. Jen offers free pretreatment consultations, as well as touchups for a modest fee.
At Tip Top Tattoos, a team of tattoo and body piercing artists draw upon a huge selection of designs and personal creativity to give each guest a highly customized experience. They realize that no two tattoos should be the same and craft a visual representation of each client's imagined look within the privacy of individual booths. Certified body piercer Mallory Cox—whose apprenticeship and training included approved sterilization techniques and anatomy courses—adds bling to ears, noses, and fashion-forward tin men.
The technicians can also discard old, unwanted tattoos with the MedLite C6 Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser system, which they use in conjunction with the Cryo 6 cooling machine to minimize discomfort.
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.
Kathy Wise, A You'Nique Image's owner and a board-certified permanent-cosmetic-makeup technician with more than 30 years of experience in the beauty industry, dedicates herself to helping clients achieve their beauty goals. In between the permanent-makeup applications that she performs, Kathy spends her time overseeing an authoritative staff of hair stylists, nail specialists, and med-spa technicians. The center brims with such skin-refining hardware as FDA-approved microdermabrasion equipment and a Youth Light 2010 photo-rejuvenation system. Opting for a permanent-makeup application, like working toward an associate's degree at clown college, ensures that eye and lip regions remain colorful for up to two years.
Licensed massage therapist Michael A. Jagodzinski relieves sore muscles with techniques drawn from several modalities. During Swedish-massage sessions, Michael alternates long strokes with circular, kneading, and tapping movements tailored to each client's needs. Bamboo-fusion massage feels similar to deep-tissue massage. However, instead of firm hand kneads, the therapist employs warmed bamboo stalks that glide smoothly over the body to facilitate tension release and effortless pastry making.: