Monica Harris began her career in the beauty industry as a makeup artist, even developing enough expertise to design and teach a college course on makeup artistry. After spending countless hours working on models, she realized that even the most makeup-savvy girls struggled with their skincare. Inspired by this experience, Monica became a licensed aesthetician to educate clients and improve the quality of their skin. Today Monica runs several successful spas, where she works directly with her clients to clear up skincare woes and develop results-oriented home regimens to whip skin into shape without the use of restrictive pore girdles. At Monica’s Skincare Boutique, she delivers a host of skincare treatments along with a full menu of makeup, nailcare, and waxing services.
Marianne Depaul’s medical and cosmetic expertise helps her clients achieve the look they desire while the small size of her staff maintains a familial office environment. This friendly band of aestheticians and physicians turns to electrolysis and lasers to execute their wide array of services. The menu runs the cosmetic gamut, from removing hair or micropigmentation across the body to noninvasive face-lifts and skin rejuvenation. The team also carries a large stock of skincare products so clients can maintain youthful visages without holding séances with Ponce de León.
Using the Apogee Elite laser system, Cosmedic Laser Spas' techs accommodate both light and dark skin types during laser hair-removal and skin treatments. The laser delivers pulses of light to destroy hair follicles at their root, and also skims skin terrain to erase signs of aging, including age and sun spots. Aestheticians further beautify façades by buffing away fine lines, blemishes, and smeared handprints with microdermabrasion treatments.
La Piel Perfecta's skin-clarifying clinic keeps patients smooth by lasing away hair, wrinkles, veins, and other epidermal imperfections. The staff also rewinds skin clocks with dermal fillers such as Botox, Juvéderm, Restylane, and Radiesse, and uses mechanical massage to reduce unsightly cellulite during noninvasive Endermologie treatments.
Sue, of Sue's Hair Removal, brings years of experience to ancient sugaring methods (called shelta) and customized facials. Through the Middle Eastern practice of shelta , Sue quickly and effectively evicts unwanted tendrils from across the body for up to four weeks. Her facial services release nutrient-rich ingredients into the epidermis, brightening skin with vitamin C, exfoliating it with Dead Sea salts, and nourishing it with hyaluronic acid, plenty of water, and classical music.
We spoke with Waxing Room owner CherylAnn Gutierrez about how it feels to have your hair removed with thread and what you can do to make the process quicker and easier.
What does threading feel like?
CherylAnn compares the sensation to tweezing, "but many hairs at a time." As the aesthetician works strands of cotton thread around the brows and lips, a quick twist uproots an entire line of hair at the follicle. CherylAnn says her staff can help soothe away any sting afterwards by applying ice, cortisone, a gentle massage, or even cucumber slices to the treated areas.
How quickly can your aestheticians thread a line of hair?
"We've never timed it," she says while laughing, "but very quickly."
Which is better: threading or waxing?
CherylAnn refuses to take sides: each one has a place. Threading may be especially useful for people who are allergic to certain waxes or who have sensitive skin due to, for example, a recent chemical peel. But her general advice is "try each one." She says fans of threading tend to believe the process gives aestheticians greater control, allowing them to create better definition, straighter lines, and more dramatic angles than are possible with waxing. But the main reason CherylAnn offers threading is that she knows it's ultimately a personal preference, and she "wants to be able to serve everyone."
What can clients do to get the best results?
During appointments, clients will be asked to slightly stretch the skin around their eyebrows so that it's flat and level. According to CherylAnn, the most important thing you can do at this time is to hold your skin so that it's as taut as possible. She says this allows the aesthetician to go line by line with greater speed and accuracy, which minimizes any potential discomfort.