The aesthetic experts at Pearl Beauty Salon offer services ranging from henna tattoos and nine types of facials to their signature process: threading. During threading sessions, technicians precisely shape brows by twisting a cotton thread over the face's surface and removing hair at the follicle level. The technique is commonly found in India, China, and hammocks, where it occurs accidentally during naps. Threading can be less painful than other hair-removal methods, is effective even on sensitive skin, and simultaneously exfoliates away dead skin cells.
When Tiffany Sanders administers facials to address antiaging, acne, and sensitive skin, that process is so soothing that even she feels tranquil and content. She brings the same meditative attitude to continuing education, where she keeps up with the latest aesthetic techniques and incorporates new tips quickly into her treatments. Tiffany can make off-hour and closed-day appointments when requested or when contacted via telephone or telepathic distress signal.
Sunlight streams through the windows at The Massage Works, filling the waiting room with the warmth and light of that of a secret oasis. Within the 3,500-square-foot facility, clients relax within one of 11 treatment rooms as licensed massage therapists ease their muscles and brighten their skin tone with services such as body wraps, facial scrubs, and Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages.
The certified therapists at Epic Spa and Wellness replenish weary physiques during an array of holistic healing treatments. During each 30-minute infrared-sauna treatment, healing rays penetrate beneath skin suits, detoxifying the body at the cellular level and swaddling oft-neglected skeletons in warmth. Successive treatments have been known to alleviate pain, fibromyalgia symptoms, and chronic fatigue, in addition to boosting weight loss, immune function, and the ability to smell colors. While clients bask in electromagnetic radiance, soft music creates a tranquil environment in which to relax.
In the midst of rustic woods, there sits a three-story building. Upon opening its front door, visitors unleash a gentle wave of aromatherapy scents and warm air. They step inside, where therapists lead them past wood accents and into private treatment rooms. World of Serenity’s spa atmosphere recalls the calm of the surrounding wilderness, and inside its walls, therapists adopt a holistic approach; they educate guests in wellness basics, such as why humans don’t eat sand, and perform a range of customized spa services. They soften faces, deep-cleanse pores, and slough of dead cells during customized facials; sometimes scouring or soothing the skin with an additional enzyme deep cleanse, warm stones, or anti-aging collagen. They also ease muscle tension with six massage modalities such as deep tissue, warm stone, and reflexology; and scrub clients from head to toe using salt and sugar rubs, and wraps made from natural dead sea mud or Paradisius—a blend of ground fruit and flower extracts.
DuVall’s School of Cosmetology epitomizes hands-on education. Though students do spend time in the classroom, most of their training is spent in the 11,900-square-foot school’s salon and spa, where they perform a roster of services on real people under the guidance of their instructors. Cosmetology students shampoo and cut hair, add length with extensions, and add hue with highlights. Students partake of elite training from instructors versed in the Sassoon method, a system honed by Vidal Sassoon himself during his more than 50 years as a top stylist. Meanwhile, aspiring aestheticians perform facials with products crafted by Dermalogica, a skincare brand that is produced without such common skin irritants as artificial colors, fragrances, and puns. Those outside of the training program can also take advantage of the school's pedigree by basking in carefully mastered beauty services performed by students at a fraction of standard salon prices.