It would probably be more efficient to ask Joan Bell Carroll about what she doesn't do. As the founder of Browz Makeup Bar, she is, of course, a makeup artist and aesthetician, but her skill set includes more than just creating a pretty face. She is also a licensed aesthetics instructor, and teaches courses at Browz on basic and advanced makeup artistry, waxing, and even pole and belly dancing. Inside her studio—a chocolate-hued space accented with pops of orange and blue—she hosts a diverse range of events that includes everything from birthday and lingerie parties to photo shoots and dance classes.
But since opening Browz nearly 20 years ago, Joan's specialty has always been brow and makeup services. She and her team can shape brows however clients prefer, whether by waxing, threading, tweezing, or pixellating. They also remove unwanted hair elsewhere with a complete selection of body waxing treatments. They create flawless skin with airbrush makeup applications, and can lengthen lashes with semi-permanent extensions or temporary strip or individual lashes.
Earning accolades from the likes of Jezebel, Flirt & Flutter Beauty Boutique simplifies beauty routines with treatments that have long-lasting results. Eyelash extensions take the place of mascara to create fuller lashes that flutter for up to eight weeks. With HD brows services, technicians use a combination of waxing, threading and tweezing techniques to shape brows before darkening them with a henna formula that lasts up to six weeks. In the nail salon, Perfect Match gel polish blends the long-lasting finish of a gel with the speedy application of a polish. These time-saving beauty services can be consolidated with Bedicures—in which clients rest atop a plush massage bed while receiving a manicure and pedicure in tandem with their choice of facial service.
Flirt & Flutter Lash Loft also tends to the health of eyes inside the Lash & Brow Hospital, where a certified lashologist removes eyelash extensions, performs lash and brow treatments for cancer patients and helps eyes recover from misdirected wet willies.
At Creative Skin Care, medical aestheticians recognize the fundamental link between health and beauty. Extensive backgrounds in both cosmetic and clinical care have trained them to seek the root of beauty issues in the deeper well-being of the body. Complimentary skin analyses allow skin-care experts to eschew "quick fixes" and "iron helmets" for in-depth beautification campaigns that might incorporate massage, salicylic-acid treatments, and oxygenation. Aestheticians are masters of lasers, whether they are directing the Palomar IPL laser at little melanin bull's-eyes within hair follicles or wielding the Alma Harmony XL laser to rout spider veins with little discomfort and no downtime.
From the elegant furnishings that line its studio to the nearly one dozen unique nail treatments it offers, it's easy to see Posh Nails and Spa’s focus on luxury. But behind the scenes, its approach is closer to that of a hospital than a nail spa: between services, the staff use an autoclave to sterilize all metal tools, and toss all used nail files, buffers, and pumice stones into a vat of magma after each use. Pedicure clients soak their feet in easy-to-clean, pipe-free whirlpool foot spas that prevent the spread of foot-borne fungi. These precautions give clients peace of mind as they relax in luxurious cream-and-chocolate-colored chairs, listen to soothing music, and reap the benefits of the staff's skills in nail services, skincare, and waxing.
It’s no coincidence that Devona Davis-Gordon, owner of Delaney’s Nail Loft, named most of her treatments after natural elements, such as helios, which means sun in Greek, or anthos, which means flower. The chic nail boutique is located right outside the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and the salon tends to use environmentally friendly products such as organic sugar scrubs and soothing bath salts. Both men and women can pop into the serene space for one of three indulgent manicure or pedicure treatments, and services for the ladies end with a colorful coat of China Glaze polish or two weeks’ worth of Gelish polish. Devona’s team also waxes away unwanted hair from the face and body and pumps up lashes with volume-boosting extensions.