A Refinement Salon offers respite and relaxation with pampering beauty treatments. Services include hairstyling, mani-pedis, skincare, and makeup application. The staff also enhances eyes with lash extensions and smoothes skin with waxing.
Natural beauty and modern med-spa technology converge at this spa and boutique situated a stone's throw from the Portland waterfront. Guests can anchor their boats and then dock themselves comfortably at the pedicure bar, where toes enjoy a refreshing dip in jade-colored basins before being softened with mandarin ginger essential oils. Leafy green walls flanked by potted palms and vases filled with tall grasses reflect the spa's preference for all-natural skincare lines, including products by Éminence Organic, while jet-black furniture and sharp track lighting hint at the cutting-edge services––including laser hair removal and pixel skin resurfacing––that await inside private treatment rooms. Still, the spa is most proud of its specialty organic treatments, including a blueberry-soy slimming wrap that aims to improve circulation and activate the lymphatic system and a champagne-mimosa sugar scrub that bids bon voyage to dead skin cells as it hydrates and tones the body.
Customer comfort is given top priority, and guests are invited to unwind pre- or posttreatment in the spa's relaxation room, where complimentary tea, wine, and water are always available. The staff also encourages clients coming to the spa from work to bring a change of clothes so they can head home afterward in their coziest sweatsuit or velour overalls.
At Elite Woman, a host of facials, peels, and lasers await to smooth and rejuvenate skin all over the body. Licensed aestheticians Valerie Klee and Jacqueline Boone-Morales ply their trade with a wealth of certifications and specialties in such anti-aging treatments as exfoliating chemical peels, collagen-stimulating laser treatments, and time travel. The team can also nourish and heal scarred or stressed skin with herbal Green Peels, which use a mixture of algae, minerals, enzymes and vitamins to encourage cell renewal, or diminish discolored spider veins with laser ablation services.
Hope Hair Spa's stylists get folks back on their game with a full array of haircare services. Along with cuts, color, and styles, the pampering extends to hands and feet. Gel manicures keep nails chip-free and polished for weeks on end, but the crown-jewel in the spa's nail care line is the waterless pedicure. In addition to pamper feet without risking upsetting Poseidon, the process cuts down on waste by using steamed towels wrapped around the feet. Once feet are feeling soft and refreshed, the nail specialist shapes nails and cuticles, exfoliates with a sugar scrub, and massages feet before applying nail polish.
The ample hands-on experience that Aveda Institute's students receive in cosmetology, hair styling, and skincare is only one part of their extensive training. Even as these burgeoning professionals master more advanced techniques, their instructors work to impart a sense of social and environmental responsibility. These are the tenets of founder and environmentalist Horst M. Rechelbacher, whose vision of living in sync with nature led to Aveda's botanically based products for hair and skin.
At the institute, students cull knowledge from industry experts through extensive practical training under the supervision of mentors. Stylists learn how to cut hair and soothe stress with complimentary mini facials, makeup touchups, and horn sharpening. Future aestheticians restore balance to faces and bodies with relaxing skincare treatments.
To connect with both the local and global community, students also apply their efforts toward charity events such as Earth Month. This campaign helps raise funds for the Sierra Club, who in turn uses the donations to help protect sources of clean water worldwide. The Institute is also hosting an upcoming fashion benefit show on April 23, with procedes going to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Columbus.
Advanced Medical Laser Center's owner and certified cosmetic therapist, Cindy Joshi, expertly zaps fuzz from clients with quick pulses from a GentleYag or Gentlelase laser. For darker skin types, she wields the Cynosure Apogee Elite, which includes a NdYag mode for darker skin types. During each appointment, Cindy glides the laser?s beams over skin, where it blasts more than 100 hairs per second, like an insult comedian whose childhood was ruined by one bad haircut. In addition to evicting follicular skin invaders from epidermal terrains, Cindy is experienced in microdermabrasion, licensed in micropigmentation, and certified in cosmetic therapy.