The staff at Alexandra's European Skin Care Spa keeps its aesthetic armory stocked with technology ready to aid in beautifying missions. The Formostar infrared body wraps help patients break down fat cells without undressing, and the two wands connected to the Beautiful Image Model 900 send zaps of microcurrents at facial wrinkles, unwanted body flab, and underperforming orchestras. A selection of diamond or crystal tips pair with the spa?s FDA-approved microdermabrasion system to fend off blotches and blemishes, and treatments, such as the oxygen facial, target complexions with high-pressure gusts of oxygen and mists of nutrient-rich serum that opens pores and revitalizes surfaces. The spa also schedules traditional treatments, including massage, waxing, and Bronze Biologic spray-tanning sessions. By stocking up on products from Image Skincare and Circadia by Dr. Pugliese, they can augment each of their treatments and never have to answer the sphinx that guards each drugstore's beauty aisle.
Strictly French's nail technician, Aspen, beautifies clients? finger and toe tips with decorative techniques such as glitter tips, pink-and-white acrylics, and a multitude of designs. Her more than 200 colors of glitter tips render nails as sparkly as a disco ball under the bright lights of police questioning, while Shellac polish strengthens keratin with a gel-like finish that lasts for up to three weeks.
From within the Strictly French salon, trained nail technician Jeanette decorates fingertips and toes with the latest in nail-art trends from Gelish, CND Shellac, Young Nails, and Light Elegance. Though well versed in traditional mani-pedis, Jeanette adds pizzazz to digits with glitter tips in an arrray of colors and a gel-based glitter polish used during Rockstar mani-pedis.
Natalie B has been painting the nail world red for the past six years, bringing classic monochrome polishes and colorful, artistic designs to her client's fingers and toes. She specializes in decorating natural human nails, not acrylics or dewclaws, and uses products by OPI, Young Nails, and Gelish.
Stephanie decorates nails in a kaleidoscope of glittery and shiny hues from brands such as CND, OPI, and EZ Flow. She also covers extra-shy nails in sturdy acrylics, and her manicures and pedicures pamper the hands and feet attached to her clients? nails for a relaxing treatment.
Technicians use a special adhesive for individual eyelash extensions that?s available only to trained experts. Read on to see what makes it so special.
Natural-looking yet genetics-defying eyelashes: that's the goal of eyelash-extension salons. Each tiny extension is attached to an existing lash with a special kind of medical-grade glue that disappears into the lashes so clients can forget they weren?t born looking that way. It?s a delicate process performed by highly trained technicians, but it wouldn?t have been invented if not for a common household item: Super Glue.
In 1942, Dr. Harry Coover invented Super Glue by mistake. While trying to formulate a clear plastic to be used for gun sights at Eastman-Kodak during World War II, he and his team found that one substance was so sticky that it was almost impossible to work with?it would bind to just about anything, with no need for heat, pressure, or pleading. The company eventually put it on the market in 1958. Chemically known as a cyanoacrylate, the adhesive eventually found experimental use in the Vietnam War as a way to quickly close wounds and stop excessive bleeding, giving wounded soldiers more time to seek medical help in the field. Eventually the FDA approved forms of it for use in medicine.
Today, different cyanoacrylate formulations are used in dental surgery, to rejoin veins, and in the eyelash salon. Despite its ancestor?s application of bonding skin, eyelash-extension glue is meant to touch the lash only. To avoid contact with the lid, the glue is applied to the extension rather than the natural lash. Then it?s held against the lash with tiny tweezers for the 30?40 seconds it takes for the chemical bond to form?and repeated dozens of times until the lids are as lushly curtained as the client likes.