If eyes are the windows to the soul, then aesthetician Amber Gladden is a master curtain designer. As a Dermalogica skincare expert, she thrives at tending to pores, but her favorite facial feature is a lush crop of eyelashes. That's why she founded Bloom Lash Boutique, a beauty shop dedicated to lash enhancement. Here, she can tint them, curl them, or make them extra long, like the train of a dachshund's wedding gown. Her specialty is Xtreme Lashes, semipermanent extensions that give natural lashes a thick, full look. While the client kicks back in a reclining chair, Amber attaches each strand to a single lash, about 1 millimeter from the eyelid. Though this process can last up to two hours, it prevents clumping and promotes fluttering. Each eye receives 60–120 extensions, which require a touchup every two to three weeks.
Infinite Rejuvenation Med Spa is owned and operated by Dr. Dana Giarrizzi, who administers and oversees treatments powered by products from Botox, Latisse, and
Laser Facial Resurfacing from Fraxel and Clear & Brilliant. The spa brightens complexions with peels, dermal fillers, and laser treatments that also help clients reduce hair growth and the appearance of spider veins. The center also houses massage therapists, who leverage deep-tissue, Swedish, and hot-stone techniques to leave guests feeling as loose and free as a penny in a wishing fountain.
Metrolina Medical Associates provides preventive health-care treatments, including physicals, vaccinations, and ultrasounds to ensure body systems are working correctly. But it also offers cosmetic services, such as microdermabrasion treatments to reveal younger-looking skin and body-contouring treatments to help patients lower their overall BMI.
Spa 51's aestheticians lavish bodies with meticulous care as they perform an extensive menu of salon and spa services. During signature mani-pedis, for instance, hands and feet draw in moisture from sea salts and essential oils before a massaging scrub exfoliates their well-worn surfaces. Meanwhile, herbal body wraps envelop skin in warm linen that's been soaked in a mixture of detoxifying and soothing herbs. Other services include haircuts and coloring, massage and tanning, and laser-hair removal treatments.
In an inviting space with chic decor and elegant draperies, the licensed aestheticians of Regenesis Skin Studio use advanced technologies to improve the appearance and texture of clients' skin. Phototherapy treatments serve a variety of purposes, from fading hyperpigmentation to eliminating unwanted hair, and custom peels exfoliate skin for a more youthful look. Patrons can also shop for home-use products by Rhonda Allison, HydroPeptide, and other esteemed skincare companies.
Once an international gymnastics competitor, Ken Haas had to turn away from the tumbling lifestyle after his body began to ache. Sports orthopedists couldn't determine what was wrong, he told Charlotte Today, but a kinesiologist finally helped him through alternative methods—methods that Ken, now Dr. Haas, employs at Haas Wellness Center. Understandably, applied kinesiology remains one of the center's major focuses. This system tests for muscle responses throughout the body, scouting for weaknesses that could indicate treatable conditions. Its techniques can even incorporate teachings from acupuncture and nutrition for a truly holistic approach.
Dr. Haas's other services run the gamut from screenings for environmental toxins to natural weight-loss programs and low-level-laser therapy, a purported pain deterrent. Trigger-point therapy, myofascial-release work, and essential oils all contribute to the center's signature massage, and craniosacral therapy employs extremely gentle touch—no more than the weight of a nickel—to try and relieve imbalanced nervous systems, a more relaxing method than shouting into your ear for your brain to "stay calm!"