The makeup artists and aestheticians at Que Bonita help clients look their best with a wide range of cosmetic products and skincare services. The boutique's shelves are stocked with powders and potions from Jane Iredale, Japonesque, and Butter London, and it is with these products that the staff performs makeovers and makeup lessons in time for weddings and other gala events. Facials and chemical peels rejuvenate dull complexions, and waxing treatments whisk unwanted hair from legs and bikini zones.
Liz Gingerich helms a styling chair at Goddess Hair Designs, where she puts her cosmetologist’s degree to good use with hair, nail, and skin care treatments. The stylist deftly cuts and styles hair, adding highlights and chemical treatments such as keratin smoothing treatments, as well as spa manicures and pedicures and facial waxing services.
Time may be short before Doug Stevens' next client, but he can always find a moment to talk shop. "I love helping people," he declares. "Helping people look better, feel better. That's the most satisfying thing." Doug has been a nationally certified massage therapist and aesthetician for 15 years, specializing in a process he devised to reduce the appearance of cellulite while relaxing the whole body. The technique combines an endovibratory device oscillating at 35 times per second with ultrasonic heat and his signature bodywork methods. "After the cellulite treatment, the skin is firmer, the appearance smoother," he explains. "People generally really like it, so they'll rebook."
Before receiving certification in Las Vegas in 1997, Doug was in the construction business as a general contractor. But it wasn't giving him what he wanted. "I was looking for a profession that was less stressful, where I could help people. I wanted to be more hands on. And my friends always came to me for massages, so I decided to go into that." Over time, he's added other treatments designed to improve the mood while boosting beauty, such as a photon antiwrinkle light therapy.
Doug describes his studio as very relaxing, with low light and smooth music. Though the ambiance has an undeniable pulse-slowing effect, it's the treatments' results that he credits for his return business. "Some of my clients have been coming every week for six years," he says. "Only the wealthy can usually afford treatments like these. That's not the case here. I want people to focus on how good they're going to feel."
The unisex Dollface Salon has built a beauty all-star squad, joining everyone from hairstylists and eyelash-extension specialists to makeup masters, licensed aestheticians, and nail techs. Always ready to offer something a little different, stylists shave intricate designs and maps that lead to chests full of treasure maps into patrons' ’dos, and apply rainbow mink lashes to create a set of kaleidoscopic pupil guards. The salon's staff also treats blemishes and age spots at the cellular level using PCA Skin products, which they pick out based on a one-on-one consultation that identifies each client's skin type and most pressing conditions.
Whether they are styling hair or rejuvenating skin with body treatments, the stylists of ABQ Aveda Hair Studio favor naturally derived products from Aveda. The highly trained hairdressers bustle about their bright salon, taming frizz with Aveda botanical hair treatments and reducing blemishes through Aveda discoloration facials. The specialists strip away unwanted facial, body, and fingernail hair with wax, and they pamper hands and feet with luxurious spa manicures and pedicures.