South Sugar Hill specializes in hair removal?but instead of relying on methods such as waxing, lasers, or the slow, entropic stomp of time that devours everything in its path, the staff uses all-natural sugar wax. This type of wax is free of harsh chemicals and artificial fragrances, making it ideal for the sensitive skin in bikini areas, under arms, and on faces. The sugaring process is also heat-free, ensuring that skin does not end up with burns.
Aesthetician Asha Teeter's fascination with beauty began when she waxed her cousin's eyebrows—at the tender age of 14. Her mother had a strict rule against wearing makeup, which Asha cleverly circumvented by learning techniques such as waxing, tweezing, and eyebrow shaping. After graduating from school, she gained some hands-on experience at the elbow of a 20-year skincare veteran, who helped her take her first steps into the world of professional beauty.
Asha’s years of experience—both professional and extracurricular—seem to have paid off. She now works within the relaxing confines of Kyva Beginnings Wellness Spa, beautifying her clients’ skin with a menu of European facials, pumpkin peels, and waxing services. The same spirit of innovation that empowered her as a teenager has led her to explore more advanced treatments as a professional. Her far-infrared sauna treatments aim to detoxify the body and burn calories, and her ionic footbaths draw out toxins and relax soles after record-breaking dance-a-thons.
The bodily benefactors at Three Cedars Day Spa protect guests from the harsh outside world with a coterie of calming services for the skin, face, and body. Licensed aestheticians denude unwanted hair with beams of pulsed light or oversee daylong pampering packages that include European facials and a choice of seaweed or mud wraps. Massage practitioners offer a choice of five styles, including their signature massage, which includes steamed and scented towels, deep-tissue strokes, and wafting smells of citrus. Guests warm themselves by a working fireplace clad in an optional robe and slippers before enjoying their choice of facial or waxing services. A kids-free zone, Three Cedars Day Spa politely asks parents to leave little ones at home, lest they disrupt the serenity or get into arguments with the Teddy Ruxpin checking IDs at the door.
Since putting the finishing touches on the hairdo of their first customer more than 10 years ago, Attitudes Salon’s crew of talented stylists has worked diligently to foster a welcoming atmosphere while offering a slew of fashionable services. So dedicated is the team to both keeping their skills honed and remaining abreast of current trends that it regularly engages in training courses. Specializing in snipping chic styles, the stylists meet with each client for a pre-cut consultation to come up with a style that will flatter their features and express their personality. Throughout the day, the salon remains abuzz with staffers highlighting hair, waxing brows, and restoring radiance to fingers that have mistaken paint buckets for soap dispensers.
RedWood Aesthetics melts away stress over relaxing sessions of muscle kneading and body beautification. As guests tuck in to private treatment rooms, tranquil music or blissful silence puts their minds at ease while therapists work out cramps and kinks with such modalities as Swedish, pregnancy, and hot stone massage. Waxing services defoliate undesired fuzzy patches, making skin as smooth as a baby’s polished granite collection.
Laser light is a quick, relatively painless, and effective method for removing unwanted hair. A long-pulse, high-energy laser emits a gentle beam of light that harmlessly passes through the skin and directly targets follicles, effectively treating unwanted hair. Unlike the lasers utilized by popular film hero and 2010 California gubernatorial hopeful Iron Man, these friendly beams are easy, comfortable, and treat hair follicles faster than other methods. The surrounding tissue is unaffected, and there is little to no irritation of the skin. Most areas usually require three to six treatments performed in six- to ten-week intervals to fully rid the dermis of unwelcome fur. Dr. Robert Niedblaski and the certified professionals at the physician-owned-and-operated Laser Hair & Skin Center will strip your lip of unwanted strands ($396 per package; a package is up to five treatments) or whip your bikini line ($796 per package) into two-piece shape just in time for Unusually Casual Friday at the office.