Before Starr became the lead artist at The Lashing, her career began in St. Louis, Missouri, where she worked in hair salons and even opened her own. Now Starr adorns eyelids by pairing natural lashes with semi-permanent extensions. During this meticulous process, she quickly applies lashes in strips and clusters. Starr also emulates the looks of glamorous actressess such as Elizabeth Taylor, who used her iconic eyelashes to distract from her extra ear.
Starr works with her cohort, Dava, a professionally trained makeup artist and marketer. Dava's been applying makeup to faces since she was 12 years old. She admits that subtlety isn't her strong suit, due to her preference for dramatic eye makeup, rosy cheeks, and voluptuous lips.
Award-winning cosmetologist and beautician Camilla Terrell, the owner of eN’vision, works with a staff of master stylists to beautify her clients. Their services include customized haircuts and styles, nail treatments, and theatrical makeup artistry. Some stylists specialize in particular services, such as Redken hair coloring or GKhair keratin treatments.
Over the years, various magazines have come to licensed aesthetician Raechel Cunningham-Lowe for beauty advice. On a daily basis, however, Raechel offers up her skincare expertise at At Pure Skin Spa. Here, she works hands-on to enhance clients' complexions using an in-house line of skincare products designed with naturally derived ingredients. She and her staff administer microdermabrasion treatments, facials, and peels to exfoliate and revitalize skin and hold certifications for lasers that help with hair removal, wrinkle reduction, and hypertrophic scars.
With its plush leather couches and chairs, rich mahogany tables, antique-style lamps, and dark rugs embroidered with leaf patterns, the relaxation room at Invigo Day Spa resembles a cozy den. It’s a place where guests waiting for a massage, facial, or body scrub go to unwind before their treatments and sip a cup of Octavia Tea Company's loose-leaf relaxation teas. Once visitors leave this calming room, they're led into the capable hands of one of the experienced massage therapists and aestheticians for further relaxation.
Using products from the all-natural Pevonia Botanica skincare line, the beauty experts perform 15 facials and peel treatments designed to treat issues ranging from dehydrated skin to clogged pores. They also shroud bodies in wraps infused with water lilies, green tea, mango, and aromatic Moor mud, and massage therapists knead tension from muscles using seven modalities. Each massage includes aromatherapy, hot towels, and at least three compliments about your hair.
"Why organic? Because the skin eats too."
So says Melanie Berry, owner of Utopia Skincare, when explaining why she uses Australian-imported Jurlique and German-imported Primavera organic skincare products. And under her care, the skin dines well, feasting on a menu of facials served with a side of hot towels, steam, and upper-body massages. For each treatment, Melanie and her staff customize a mask that will hydrate the skin, flush out the pores, and sweep away blemishes. On the periphery of the menu, peels, specialty masks, and body treatments promise their own brand of nourishment with equal amounts of Melanie's painstaking care and precision.
Sprouting from a brown-and-white tiled floor, cushy leather chairs bolster patrons as the eponymous beautician and her staff show off their cosmetic skills. Clients relax as the team transforms simple pieces of thread into a precision beauty tool, using the fibers to gently remove excess facial fuzz and lasso runaway eyebrows. The team also kicks lash length and volume up a notch with individual extensions and treats skin to revitalizing facials or intricate henna tattoos.