The microcurrent anti-aging clinic uses the Beautiful Image 900 microcurrent machine to help reverse the signs of aging on clients' faces. Gentle electric microcurrents are used to increase circulation and cellular metabolism, which tightens the skin, tones areas of the body, and smoothens wrinkles.
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.
Calling upon her training at the Daytona Institute of Massage Therapy and the knowledge that led to her subsequent certification, massage therapist Kelly Murdick heals the sore backs of local athletes and community members with a variety of massage modalities. Though her methods— which range from tissue-stretching myofascial release to the healing aromatherapy of the Raindrop technique—address specific aches and injuries, they share common goals of easing the mind’s stresses and the body’s tensions. Along with her massages, Kelly fights cellulite with Parafango treatments and cocoons bodies in wraps designed to stimulate blood flow and promote the growth of nascent wings.
While a husband’s compliment may turn his wife’s day around, very rarely does it turn into a business. But that’s what happened when Pat Helmandollar’s husband called her a savvy business woman. Since 1967, Helmandollar has used her beauty savvy to work inside salons, own three businesses, teach stylists from all over the world, and helm a team of licensed beauty professionals.
Stylists cut and color hair or add texture, hair extensions, or hair tinsel that decorates strands and gives cats something else to eat. Alternatively, estheticians can remove tension in the face with heated basalt stones and cold marble stones or render a customized chemical peel to get rid of dead skin cells and smoothen skin. Massage therapists balance chakras by blending visualization and touch or add luxury to massages by laying down a literal bed of roses for clients to rest upon in candlelight, rather than the more common industrial torch light used in other salons.
Aside from using their relaxation- and beauty-inducing treatments as a tonic for stress, the salon and day spa also contributes to non-profit causes. Savvy makes donations to the Make A Wish Foundation and rewards clients who give more than $5 worth of monetary or toy donations by entering them into a drawing for one gratis service per month for an entire year.