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 using Energist Ultra VPL and Aerolase, making treatments safe for all skin types, including darker skin. 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.
Embracing the principals of prevention, correction, and maintenance in order to safeguard natural beauty, internationally trained owner Parvin Amiri fetes clients with a miscellany of health-conscious treatments in the spa's elegantly comfortable, multihued confines. Ride the fast train to the express treatment facial ($50), or get your visage passport stamped with the European facial, which exfoliates and revitalizes your mug to dizzying heights of continental allure (starting at $60). Waxing services abound for overly stranded lips ($10) and under-arched eyebrows ($20). Don a women's Brazilian bikini ($60) or defuzz underarms ($25), half arms ($25), or full arms ($45) in time for hairless waving competitions. Eyebrow tints enhance facial expressions ($18), and eyelash tints add drama to eye curtains, taking peepers from demure to dazzling and diminishing the need for mascara or ink painstakingly applied with a feather quill ($25).
Within the cream and burgundy oasis that is Euphoria Body Salon, a team of beautifiers with more than 50 years of combined experience get to work primping, pampering, and painting. Nail technicians administer mani-pedis decadent enough to warrant names like "whipped strawberry," handing each client a glass of bubbly before massaging hands and slicking them with polish. Dermaplane facials resurface tired fa?ades, and hairstylists cut and color the coifs of women, men, and children.
Professionals at Pure Aesthetics & Beauty Bar use natural ingredients to clean up both bodies and faces during scrubs, facials, and vajacials. Aestheticians also tend to the bikini area with a Parisian strip-less wax and tinting services in such hues as purple, pink, brown, and black.
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.