Boosting her clients' confidence is the best part of Kelly Kim's job, she says, whether it be through body waxing or contouring. At Waxing by Kelly, the cosmetologist and waxing specialist applies her Aveda training to strip away unwanted hair using imported Satin Smooth products loaded with vitamins and natural oils. Kelly adeptly wields strip wax, hard wax, and film wax across sensitive regions of both men and women. In addition, she offers body-contouring services, which tighten and tone her clients' skin.
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.
Though they originally opened as Renaissance Hair Removal in 2005, the team behind The Med Spa quickly realized that their clients were seeking different ways to look younger and feel more beautiful. They would later changed their name to reflect the breadth of their newly added services, which now include laser treatments, skincare, and teeth whitening. In addition to removing hair, they can target acne, rosacea, or wrinkles with laser technology, or perform non-laser resurfacing HydraFacials that infuse skin with moisture. The clinic also offers the Diamond Medilift: a noninvasive macro- and micro-current procedure that stimulates facial muscles better than watching Animal House and Beaches simultaneously on two separate TVs.
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.
The staff at Elite Laser Care aren't one-trick ponies. Dr. Maureen Whelihan is not only a certified laser expert but also a board-certified gynecologist; her sister and colleague, Gina Whelihan, is a certified medical electrologist with special trianing in laser facial treatments and vein removal. Together, they have provided laser treatments at Elite Laser Care for more than 14 years. They rely on lasers to remove clients' unwanted body hair, pigmented lesions, and spider veins; the staff also uses the high-tech equipment to rejuvenate facial skin.
At Plush Salon, Mira, a licensed aesthetician who has made appearances on the Charlotte Today show and trained in New York and Boston, works with clients to shape and color brows and lashes. Staying true to its name, Plush Salon’s elegant interior features dangling chandeliers, cozy and modern furniture, and zero hair-eating hammerhead sharks. Mira applies makeup and waxes brows, putting to use her extensive training gained at Ulta, Nordstrom, and other high-end establishments.