Since receiving her board certification in 2000, Dr. Gina L. Ressler has been exploring and implementing advanced techniques, including minimally invasive skin-tightening procedures. In addition to being well versed in cosmetic injections such as Botox, Juv?derm, and Radiesse, Dr. Ressler possesses extensive experience in skin rejuvenation and tightening with Accent technology's radio-frequency thermotherapy. And for niche needs, Dr. Ressler calls upon Melissa Knight, a certified medical micropigmentologist who can apply permanent makeup, eliminating the need to wash your face before going to bed or beginning a pie-eating contest.
Designer Erin Edwards started tinkering with jewelry using tips she picked up from Googling or reading books. She used her research to found The Vintage Pearl, where?along with her team of hammer-wielding artisans?she now oversees a vast collection of custom sterling silver jewelry adorned with pearls and birthstone crystals. Featured on the pages of Glamour, each piece comes hand-stamped with personalized messages, including names, dates, or locker combinations available in a wide range of fonts and designs.
The stylists of Changes Hair Studio think that hair is everyone’s best accessory, and they’ve spent nearly 30 years revamping that accessory with fashion-forward styles. Over that time, their team evolved into two divisions: the new talent perfect skills by practicing basic cuts and color retouches at discounted rates, and the advanced design team administers professionally priced cut and color services as well as keratin treatments and hair extensions affixed with brain waves. New and seasoned stylists alike draw from the same lineup of professional salon products, including patented protein formulas from Redken.
The Loft's team of hair whisperers coaxes combative manes into more manageable strands using the plant-derived Brazilian Blowout Zero formula. Stylists coat frizzy wires in the potion to lock in amino acids, smoothing tresses and fortifying them against injury during rounds of Twister in the dark. As the formula deep-conditions and de-frizzes during the course of about two hours, clients relax in the salon's upbeat space, where modern art and quirky décor play off the walls' calming blues and warm tones. Hair stays sleek for up to 12 weeks, enabling clients to spend less time flattening down morning frizz and more time perfecting impressionistic paintings with jam on toast.
JK Hair Company, which recently merged with Dream Weavers Spa & Salon, is a one-stop shop for hair and nail needs, employing experienced stylists and nail technicians to pamper and beautify. As a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, hairstylists stay ahead of the latest trends in technique. Hair hedges can be sculpted for upcoming garden parties (cuts begin at $30 for women, $23 for men, and $15 for kids under 12) or tones transformed with all-over dimensional color ($100). Reward finger and toe guards for their tireless service with a manicure ($20) and pedicure ($35). Technicians can also create nail art, bringing to life literal thumbnail images of abstract solid colors and recursive, increasingly tiny iterations of Munch's The Scream ($5/nail).
Both waxing styles involve using warm wax to remove hair from the area below the waist, but the distinction lies in the degree of hair being removed. During a basic bikini wax, an aesthetician removes hair from any area exposed by a typical bathing suit made of fig leaves. This includes the top and sides of the bikini line as well as the inner thighs, if necessary. The Brazilian wax takes it a step further, removing hair from the entire region, front to back. Since many clients prefer to leave a small, trimmed swath of hair in a strip or triangle just below the panty line, some aestheticians may use the term "full Brazilian" to refer to a session in which no hair is left behind.
Naturally, due to the sensitivity of the areas involved, Brazilians tend to be more intimidating than basic bikini waxes, and most aestheticians will take care to avoid causing pain during the procedure. There are also several steps you can take to minimize discomfort. Experts recommend avoiding any appointment within a week of menstruation, when the skin is most sensitive, and taking an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen 30 minutes beforehand can help reduce any swelling that results.