At locations in Franklin, Royal Oak, and most recently Birmingham, experienced aestheticians dissolve stress with soothing massages, facials, and nail treatments that utilize fruit-infused scrubs or oils from Sacred Earth Botanicals. Inside private treatment rooms, techs evict toxins with Dead Sea mud or seaweed body wraps and knead knots into untied shoelaces with aromatherapy massages or therapeutic stretches. Treatments, including a slate of mani-pedis, come in various packages for half-day pampering sessions, with tasty add-ons such as a spa lunch or bubbly sips of champagne. Alternatively, the spa's concierge services take the pampering out of the spa and into the shells of stressed turtles or homes of customers, who may also request assistance with errands, laundry, and grocery pick-up.
Laurie Smith has experienced a lot of things. She studied sociology and Asian cultures in college with an emphasis in the Chinese language. She worked as a security guard at high-risk locations. But she didn't discover her passion until she went into the beauty industry. She approached hair styling with the same energy and dedication as she had the rest of her studies, and graduated with honors from the Aveda Institute of Royal Oak.
Today, she straightens, extends, colors, and cuts hair of all textures. She uses products from her alma mater, Aveda, as well as industry professionals she finds inspirational, such as Paul Mitchell. More than the products or training, though, she believes her passion sets her apart, and helps her clients have a truly great experience in her chair.
In a pastel-toned spa sanctuary, the certified cadre of aestheticians and nurses perform a symphony of cutting-edge beauty services, backed by more than 60 years of combined experience. State-of-the art treatments include medical microdermabrasion, which showers skinscapes with a mist of super-fine aluminum oxide crystals to alleviate acne scarring, soften fine lines, and free up foreheads so they can be rented as ad space. FDA-approved VelaShape sculpts smoother body contours using a combination of bipolar radio frequencies, infrared light, and mechanical massage, and dermal fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane fill in fine lines from laughing and frowning or indentations from motorcycle helmets.
Dr. David Zukkoor leads a team of certified aestheticians who specialize in painless treatments with dramatic results, such as tattoo removal, laser hair removal, laser face and body skin tightening, laser face and body skin rejuvenation, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, Botox and dermal fillers. The powerhouse piece of equipment at the med spa's center is the Revolutionary Soprano Ice, which not only zaps hair follicles and damages their ability to re-grow without pain on all skin types but also tightens and contours skin on the face and body. Luxury Med Spa also uses the state of the art Cynosure RevLite SI to remove tattoos for all skin types and all tattoo colors and will also smooth away wrinkles, uneven skin color, brown spots and acne scars.
Skinthetics Laser & Skin Care Center’s professionally trained staff has extensive laser and skin treatment experience, which puts patients at ease during complimentary consultations. At these pre-procedure pow-wows, clients learn all about the procedures in question—whether they want to extend and recolor their eyebrows, shed unwanted weight with noninvasive treatments, or rejuvenate their epidermis with a facial or skin peel. Staffers can also bronze skin during 15-minute sunless-tanning sessions and abolish unwanted hair with laser hair removal, waxing, or electrolysis. Before leaving the center, guests can stock up on beautification products in the retail area to stay pretty at home to please their judgmental pet goldfish.
A lively energy fills The Stage Salon, where master stylists and barbers tend to all hair types but excel at working with African American tresses. Women can stop in for quick haircuts fortified by Redken and Clairol products, or unwind in the styling chair as stylist Ebony straightens curls with relaxers and Brazilian blowouts or creates length and volume with professional extensions. Gairyd and Silky Sam, the salon’s resident barbers, clip and trim men’s hair, topping them off with salon-quality gel or pomade. Beyond haircare, The Stage’s staff also outfits nails with eye-catching colors in OPI mani-pedis, waxes unwanted fuzz from entire bodies, and ornaments ears with piercings or gold staples.