Darla Johnson is a hair-removal expert. Since she began smoothing skin with laser technology in 1998, she has performed more than 6,000 treatments. And that number is only going up—the certified laser technician and award-winning entrepreneur continues to share her expertise at SLIC. Using Cynosure’s Elite Aesthetic Workstation, Darla targets and destroys follicles with gentle pulses of laser light, a process that greatly reduces future hair growth. The system has proven successful on all areas of the body, skin types, and kinds of hair, including the fake mustaches retired private eyes refuse to take off.
Though laser hair removal is the specialty at SLIC, it's not the only skincare service available from Darla's team. Her colleague Carolyn Mitchell specializes in cosmetic services, helping erase patients' fine lines and wrinkles with precise injections, exfoliating microdermabrasions, and complexion-reviving peels.
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For the specialists at Enlighten Laser, lasers are not simply a beauty tool, but a powerful ally in the fight against some of the skin's most prevalent problems. At each of their locations, the staff calls on many forms of this noninvasive technology—from hair and spider-vein removal to cellulite reduction and skin tightening—to tone, sculpt, and brighten clients' bodies, bringing out their natural beauty.
The clinics also possess a knack for traditional skin care. Their on-site aestheticians know that every client's skin is unique, much like every snowflake's 12-digit identification number. They demonstrate this philosophy by customizing each treatment to suit the client's skin type, skin tone, and beauty goals. Before administering any of their facials, body-slimming laser services, or IPL acne clearance treatments, the staff consults with clients about their history and answers any questions.
Certified Zumba fitness instructor Celine Gabrielle motivates students of all ages and abilities as they hasten heart rates with easy-to-follow dance moves backed by Latin beats. In each one-hour Zumba class, slow rhythms alternate with fast tempos to burn hundreds of calories and confuse gathering flash mobs, and resistance training helps exercisers sculpt muscles. Pupils groove to international music and tone up with interval training moves while the experienced instructor demonstrates steps and keeps workouts on track. Students should send a telegram to their feet encouraging them to wear cross-training or aerobic-style shoes that can accommodate the class's sliding, turning, and side-to-side movements.
The expert tress tamers at Hair Identity morph lusterless mops into chic ’dos with an array of salon services performed in a welcoming, wood-accented salon. During a haircut with shampoo and style ($37), adroit scissor wielders cleanse locks before snipping and styling them into elegant topiaries that beckon artful tousles from passing breezes. Customers can also decorate monochrome manes with individual hair extensions ($10/extension), which gussy up looks with an array of vibrant hues, from naturalistic black, brown, and blonde to abstract tones of pink, purple, teal, and neo-teal. Feather extensions ($25 for a bundle of five feathers) embellish existing cranial plumage, rendering patrons ready to strut and preen in front of potential mates and passing ornithologists. Salon-goers can also use this Groupon toward items such as a cut and colour ($75+) to update strand shading with the rapidity of a temperamental chameleon’s mood ring.
Beautifying services at True Organic Group shun artificial chemicals, instead swathing skin in organic, nature-based elixirs for 60-minute engagements at a time. After a brief consultation, aestheticians tailor treatments to fulfill clients' prerogatives before the mud-based wrap swaddles skin in a coat of nourishing loam, proving mud's ability to transcend its original use as the second-place prize in tug-of-war. The nutrient-dense mud may not only help relieve joint pain and promote relaxation but can also moisturize parched pelts. Additionally, patrons may enhance relaxation by adding aromatherapy ($15) to their mud baths, giving noses something to do besides learn to type text messages. After each treatment, clients emerge with a new glow appropriate for showcasing newly luminous skin within True Organic Group's adjacent organic-grocery market.
The glam squad at Béo Spa revives rough-edged fingertips and toe-ends with the help of Éminence Organic skin products. Hands will hear the sound of one hand clapping twice after a skilled manicurist spends 45 de-stressing minutes cleaning up cuticles, shaping and buffing nails, and applying character-expressing polish (a $42 value). Foot-whisperers spend a sole-soothing hour nixing rough spots, trimming faraway toe-berets, and giving aggrieved feet a thorough, organically fragrant bath they can boast about through each half of the next soccer game or line-dance marathon (a $62 value).