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.
Brandishing a Candela Elipse IPL laser, the trained staff at Yuvan targets a litany of pigmentation issues on the face, neck, and chest. The intense pulsed-light treatment dissipates complexion clogs obtained from acne scarring, age spots, sun damage, rosacea, or face-painting with glitter glue. Flashes of non-invasive light shine down on problem areas to disperse the buildup of pigmentation without scorching skinplanes. The treatment can also stimulate the production of collagen, which for some clients results in faces firm enough to fill in on drum lines that are missing snares.
Gabby Espada probably has a better bedside manner than most aestheticians: before pursuing a career in skincare, she spent many years as a registered nurse. Today, she operates Blissful Beauty, a spa where she currently performs custom organic facials and chemical peels. Using naturally derived products from brands such as Éminence and Repêchage, she administers treatments such as the firm-skin facial, during which she uses açaí, blueberry, raspberry, and brambleberry extracts to brighten and tighten skin. Even the chemical peels integrate natural ingredients: the enzyme peel has a blend of pineapple- and papaya-citric acids, and the flower-extract peel boosts cellular turnover, evens skin tone, and helps pores with their green thumbs.
Keratin smoothing treatments, pore-cleansing facials, and hair extensions await beauty seekers at both of Salon Metaxa's locations. Owner Kitsa Metaxatos has assembled a staff of stylists, aestheticians, and nail techs who draw from their years of experience to field virtually all beauty concerns. And because each service kicks off with an informative consultation, guests pick up beauty secrets such as how to maintain their new hairstyle at home.
The licensed therapists at Trend e Spa Studios practice nine massage modalities—from Swedish to Thai—to ease emotional stress and soothe muscular aches. An added boost of aromatherapeutic essential oils can permeate their treatment rooms to inspire the senses as well as calm down the muscles. In addition to massages, Trend e Spa Studios brightens smiles with LED teeth-whitening treatments that can render teeth at least six shades whiter.
It's all about beauty and relaxation at Salon Metaxa. The team of stylists takes care of the beauty part, leaving the relaxation to the clients. This tranquil environment is where 11-year veteran Jennifer Peeler sets to work cutting coifs, adding bold color to manes, and crafting hair into elegant updos. In addition, Jennifer offers nourishing conditioning treatments and smoothing keratin treatments.