Although it's hard to tell by looking at Fabulous Esthetics owner Amanda Walthall's healthy complexion, she's had ample opportunities to put various skincare products to the test while treating her own epidermal concerns. This first-hand familiarity, paired with seven years spent working for medical spas throughout the Midwest, makes her a trustworthy skincare specialist—well versed in chemical peels, facials, and microdermabrasion practices. Fabulous Esthetics specializes in treating acne-prone or aging skin with the most effective products and services available, favoring ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acid and vitamin C squeezed from oranges by supermodels. Microdermabrasion treatments whisk away weathered skin cells, waxing services uproot hairs to leave skin smooth, and paraben-free airbrush tanning gilds bodies for up to 14 days.
Licensed massage therapist Stacey Garrett ushers bodies into uncharted states of serenity with therapeutic massages enhanced with restorative botanicals and oils. She combines the massage's power to pamper with its ability to help detox the body, squeezing out embedded toxins with practiced pressure and triggering the body’s lymphatic system with red-rice scrubs, purifying masks, and herbs.
During each Thai herbal massage, hot-stone massage, or craniosacral-therapy session, Stacey sets the stage for personalized comfort by adjusting the lighting, music, wallpaper pattern, and temperature to her clients' preferences. She also encourages clients to make mental notes of sensations and feelings felt during their massage in order to heighten body awareness and give them a deeper understanding of what types of treatment will suit their recurring discomfort.
The Spa at Pure Salon is powered by the certified skills of massage therapist Nikki Sanders and aesthetician Rachel Sauls. After earning their stripes working at high-end spas throughout the Raleigh area, the duo settled down and opened its own luxury oasis. In addition to a certification in LaStone therapy, Nikki claims expertise in an array of massage modalities, including deep-tissue techniques and prenatal massage. Rachel's multifaceted knowledge of skincare has led her to discover and employ upscale Osmosis skincare products, which enhance facial treatments with DNA repair technology. The pair conspires to reward its most loyal clients, granting discounts to regular customers or to those who guess the correct number of freckles that have visited the spa over the years.
Even after a quarter-century of professional experience in making people beautiful, makeup artist Rachelle Espindola knows there is always more to learn. These days, she supplements her skills with MAC pro classes, which add to a resume that already glitters with work experience at Bobbi Brown, Chanel, and Laura Mercier cosmetics. A certified airbrush artist and NovaLash practitioner, she not only takes classes to keep up with beauty trends but also leads them as an educator for Kett Cosmetics of New York.
At The Make-Up Studio, Rachelle dolls up guests for big occasions such as weddings and photo sessions, or for everyday wear. She also comes on location to make things more convenient for brides, large groups, or professional mascots who can't stand the leave the house bare faced.
At A Summer Day Spa, Summer Hanna leads a team of licensed spa professionals that helps guide patients toward wellness with such services as massage, skin treatments, and nutrition products. Summer crafts massages to address the specific needs of each client, combining modalities such as therapeutic massage, which targets chronic pain from athletics or overuse, and lomilomi, an ancient Hawaiian massage technique that relaxes tendons tense from stress or exhausting hula tournaments. She also cares for other parts of the body through stimulating sea-salt scrubs and body wraps, and assists in creating a balanced diet by providing health, wellness, and nutrition products. :m]]
At Bliss Skin Care and Massage, licensed therapist JoeAnn Wardell helps clients relinquish stress and tension with traditional and exotic bodywork techniques. She can help clients take the edge off with a blissful relaxation massage, target chronic pain with deep-pressure work, or help expecting mothers relax after another hard day of chopping wood to build a crib. Using heated bamboo sticks, JoeAnn works deep into the muscles to undo knots and kinks. She also practices cupping therapy, a form of Chinese medicine that uses suction and negative pressure to detoxify the body. And she lets clients bolster every massage experience with a choice of aromatherapy oils, such as juniper berry or sandalwood.