The aestheticians at Southern Tan and Wrap boost confidence with beauty-enhancing services such as airbrush tanning, facials, and microdermabrasion. They also employ the latest in scientific advances, such as infrared body wraps that contour physiques by burning up to 1,800 calories in 50-minute sessions while detoxifying, reducing cellulite, and rejuvenating the skin.
Ashley Collins left the comfort of her native Louisiana for New York and Atlanta, where she worked as a representative for MAC and Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. After working as a makeup artist and a public-relations specialist, she returned home and went rogue (and rouge) by opening her own business, Beau Visage Makeup. Known for its dark, sultry shadows rimmed with bold colors such as red or teal, her work also features more natural tones for springtime brides. When she’s not busy primping models during fashion shows and prepping teens for prom, Ashley shares her cosmetic knowledge and dispenses goody bags at bridal parties.
Salon Tropics' technicians, who are Smart Tan certified, apply spray-tans and oversee UV beds, imparting bodies with a beachy glow throughout the winter months and preparing them for special occasions. Thirteen UV beds—divvied up into five levels of tanning intensity—line the salon where clients bronze bodies in a lay-down Sun Kissed bed or embrace the more intense rays and bedtime stories of a standup Sun Struck capsule. Being the only salon to offer VersaPro in southeast Baton Rouge, the automated booths spray a pigmented solution evenly over the skin In less than five minute for a natural-looking, streak-free bronze that lasts for up to ten days. Salon Tropics friendly staff can recommend an array of lotions, shower gels, and tan-extending moisturizers—from such brands as Designer Skin, Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and Ed Hardy—that are designed to help darken and lengthen the life of tans.
The phrase “beauty runs in the family” takes on a second meaning when referring to Kacey Payne, the co-owner of About Phace Skincare Spa. The daughter of a hairdresser and the wife of a barber, she found her own niche by studying skincare and becoming a board-certified aesthetician. With 10 years of experience in her back pocket, she oversees her spa with a passion for skincare that rivals Super Mario’s passion for fungi, bringing back the factory-fresh glow of customers’ skin through an assortment of purifying, fortifying, and hydrating facials. Inside her spa, she also oversees full body-waxing services, tinting, and lash extensions that crown eyes with fluttery signage.
Each of the facials at Spa Benefique is designed to gently treat problematic skin. The Image acne facial douses pesky pimples with a blend of salicylic acid, enzymes, retinol, and benzoyl peroxide. The Vitamin C facial blasts away free radicals and air kisses squatting in pores. The Refinement facial aims to diminish fine lines by sloughing off dead skin cells with gentle chemical exfoliants. The experts can also tend to matters below the neck with such treatments as a massage that send muscles into a deep sleep and warm wax that sends unwanted hairs away from the legs and bikini area.
The Eastern art of brow threading has become wildly popular in the United States, a trend aesthetician Almas Karowalia astutely followed, enabling her to open 15 locations of Perfect Brow Bar across the Midwest, Texas, and Louisiana. At each outpost, practitioners clean up uneven brows and hairlines with strands of twisted thread that can remove multiple rows of hair with a single pass. Her teams boast that they can complete brows in as little as 5 minutes and require only 10–15 minutes to thread an entire face. The expedient technique generally results in less pain and irritation than other hair-removal methods, though at Perfect Brow Bar patrons can also opt for traditional waxing services. In addition to hair removal, aestheticians dress up skin with makeup applications, lash extensions, and henna tattoos of tuxedos or ball gowns.