From working as a makeup artist on daytime drama One Life to Live to enhancing the faces that grace Redbook, Brenda Sotolongo has spent the past 32 years helping her clients feel beautiful in their skin. She and her staff, licensed aestheticians with nine years of make-up industry experience in television and film, share this expertise during makeup-application classes, teaching techniques and tricks to contour cheekbones, augment pouts, and downplay newly evolved gills. In order to address common skin issues such as acne and sun damage, Sotolongo has also created her own line of cosmetics called ProSoto, which are packed with minerals and vivid pigments and lack pore-clogging ingredients and harsh dyes.
Ambiance Day Spa's staff of aestheticians and licensed massage therapists gives clients its undivided attention during facials, manicures, and powerful skin-peel treatments. Nail specialist Cecilia tends to fingers and toes with paraffin dips and vibrant coats of gel polish, and licensed massage therapists Jennifer James and Brianna tends to stress with one of seven massage modalities. At the client’s request or in response to Bat-Signals, the staff works together to assemble spa packages that suit a range of budgets.
Strawberry Blonde Salon & Spa whisks away unwanted whiskers with warm wax, transforming hirsute hides into silky monuments to smoothness. Lay back and relax as licensed cosmetologist and waxing specialist Dessi White summons her follicular expertise to tenderly depilate your epidermis. Two 15-minute waxes keep eyebrows looking streamlined, helping them to clearly indicate subtle emotions such as the surprise felt when presented with a gift, as well as the dismay that takes hold when that gift turns out to be a subpoena. Further south on the corporal compass, a traditional bikini wax preps bodies for the beach or pool in just 30 minutes, and a 45-minute Brazilian wax bestows below-the-belt pelts with total bareness as well as the ability to speak fluent Portuguese.
Ceez, the owner of Ceez Genesis Salon, doesn't believe in fitting in. Instead, she stands out from the crowd and helps her clients do the same. She adopted this perspective from her grandmother and nurtured it by becoming a model, a makeup artist, and a mentor for the young style mavens who've crossed her path. After a stint on the West Coast, she returned to her Indiana stomping grounds to found a salon that helps clients from all cultures flaunt their inner beauty on the outside. Here, four stylists and a master barber shear and color locks as an aesthetician performs facials with ilike products made from organic, handpicked fruits, veggies, and herbs. Staffers also tend to brows and beards by removing unwanted hair and pesky dandelion patches.
Sun Tan City's tanning centers house an armada of bronzing vehicles designed to polish bodies, rain or shine. Tanners can burrow into the belly of any of four levels of tanning beds for 10- to 20-minute bronzing sessions. Fast-level beds slowly steep skin with a solid base tan, and Instant-level beds boldly bronze pelts with a larger ratio of UVA bulbs, coaxing melanin out with paparazzi-like attention and promises of leading roles. VersaSpa sunless, open-air booths airbrush epidermises with a water-soluble plant-based solution that goes on evenly, resists staining clothes, and, unlike rolling around in a puddle of fudge, darkens skin without leaving a sticky residue.
Amy draws on her 22 years of professional experience as she cuts and colors the hair of her clients in her private studio inside Sola Salon. Additional services include the keratin infused Brazilian Blowouts which semi-permanently combat frizz, hair extensions for all hair textures and lengths, and facial waxing.
The Naked Monkey's waxing gurus, lauded as the city's best by CityVoter, swiftly vanquish unwanted hair and offer a variety of facial services. Inside tidy private treatment rooms, skin savants arrest cookie crumb-stealing hairs residing near lips (a $15 value) and chins (a $15 value) and also shape eyebrows (a $20 value) into sleek arches. During a women's Brazilian wax, one of the friendly hair-haters will remove foliage from both front and hindquarters as quickly, comfortably, and thoroughly as possible. Though not included in this Groupon, patrons can peruse The Naked Monkey's line of skincare serums that nourish visages with organic ingredients.