Wherever Wenny Blackman goes, Aveda's organic products are sure to follow, and vice versa, as the stylist, aesthetician, and owner of Wen Chic Salon and Spa—an Aveda Concept Salon and Spa—has been attending Aveda classes since 1996. Needless to say, she and her skilled staff employ Aveda products exclusively to augment their repertoire of salon and spa services, including colorings that use HeadMapping, instead of traditional wizards, to predict the amount of time, product, and cost for each session.
Before the Texas board-certified stylists can cut, color, or treat hair, Blackman requires them to attend classes at the Aveda Institute. The stylists' mastery of Aveda's curriculum, coupled with their overall experience, determines their status as a stylist, senior stylist, master stylist, or director. Similarly, the licensed aestheticians and registered massage therapists reach for Aveda products during facials, massages, waxing treatments, and airbrush-tanning sessions, which are staged in the spa area's quiet summer and winter rooms, free of cell-phone ringtones and piles of burning leaves.
The technicians at Flash Nail Spa take their name literally?rarely does a set of nails leave the salon without flashy acrylics or a sparkling new coat of polish. But their treatment menu extends far beyond nails. They can also spruce up your complexion with a custom facial or prep your legs for lederhosen season with a quick wax.
Dr. Donald Ruf is the core of Slender SpaMed, which specializes in cosmetic and weight-loss procedures. They employ the latest technology, including a Syneron laser hair-removal system and the Arasys Perfector, designed to trim waistlines without exercise or ice-cube diets.
Slender SpaMed's aestheticians perform traditional spa treatments, including hydrating facials, therapeutic massages, and slimming body wraps. Custom weight-loss programs supplement nutritional counseling and personal-training sessions with procedures such as vitamin injections.
Art Hair Salon & Spa inspires beauty from head to toe?stylists and aestheticians alike combine technique with artistic sensibility to design flattering looks that withstand daily life. Clients can peer into mirrored walls to witness transformations occur as hairstylists revamp coifs with cut, color, and texturizing treatments. Nearby, skincare experts obscure blemishes and signs of aging with European facials and acne care, while massage therapist melt tension and inspire calm with hot-stone bodywork treatments. Nail techs maintain sterile work-stations?that means hospital-grade autoclaves, basin soaks with pipeless jet-spas, and all-metal instruments. But they're just as dedicated to the art of nail care with deluxe mani-pedi packages, 3D nail art, and kids mani-pedis for young ?uns who want to make a good first impression with the guidance counselor.
Most days upon leaving class at the International School of Skin and Nailcare, Kristen Axton headed straight to her job at Kiehl's. This combination of formal training and on-the-job experience helped develop her aesthetic expertise, which she further refined while working at several med spas throughout Atlanta. Today, as owner of Kristen's Skin Care & Massage, she commands a team of massage therapists and aestheticians dedicated to beautifying and de-stressing clients. Their signature Atlanta facial restores vim and vigor to lagging faces with a multi-step regimen that includes peels derived from herbal enzymes or therapeutic acids. Aestheticians also slough away dead skin cells with microdermabrasion sessions designed to lessen scarring from acne, sun damage, and general wear and tear. Elsewhere in the shop, massage therapists unravel kinked muscles with techniques borrowed from Swedish and neuromuscular specialties.
At Hanna Nails, a series of manicures, pedicures, waxing, and massage treatments await customers seeking relaxation and beautification. Licensed specialists soak hands and feet before shaping and buffing nails, and then apply eye-catching polish or acrylic nails. Deluxe spa pedicures soothe calf muscles with sea-salt massages, as back and shoulder massages remove upper-body stress. Also available are eyelash extensions and waxing services, which can remove unwanted hair from areas such as the arms, legs, stomach, or brow.