From within The Four Gables Hair & Nail Salon, trained technician Jordan Roberts plumps up lash lines with eyelash extensions. The synthetic strands are individually adhered to each lash, where they withstand showers, sweat, and back-to-back viewings of Old Yeller for up to six weeks.
Licensed aesthetician Misty Love pampers skin with a menu centered around depilatory and rejuvenating treatments. With a deft hand, she sculpts eyebrows, lays bikini zones bare, and denudes upper lips using a professional line of Satin Smooth wax products. She also cleanses pores with classic European facials and wards off wrinkles with chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and enchanted washcloths.
Justine Ross' clients sometimes arrive with a photograph. Often the chic hairstyle on the celebrity's head may not look as attractive simply transplanted onto someone else. Adjustments have to be made for a person's features, hair type, and other variables before the hairstyle will look right. And sometimes, the eight-year veteran stylist explains, it won't work at all—such as when someone with tightly curled hair seeks dead-straight locks. Justine feels her ability to communicate such hair-related complexities is a tremendous asset to her work as a hairstylist and her night job as Sasquatch’s psychotherapist. "I don't talk about myself," she says, preferring to spend styling sessions learning about the client's daily routine and sense of style. The focus on the customer allows Justine to ascertain further what kind of look she should bestow, weighing such factors as whether the person is a wash-and-go type and what level of maintenance is preferred. In the end, the San Diego–trained stylist says, "I want to make people feel good … make the experience about them."
Licensed acupuncturist and clinical professional counselor Jean Kuty has been practicing acupuncture for more than 15 years. The last few years, she's spent time stateside and overseas acting as a military and family-life consultant for active service members, but she has recently returned to Boise to offer her services full-time. In addition to acupuncture treatments—which use tiny, sterile, one-use needles to treat a variety of ailments—she also offers medical counseling, which helps her patients move toward wellness and healing.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles. Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
The highly qualified staff at Wholistic Beauty Boutique believe in the healing power of organic, chemical-free beauty products. These products make their way into a wide range of services, from pampering body wraps and enrichment peels to reiki treatments and massages. Clients leave the boutique feeling refreshed and energized, secure in the knowledge that only natural serums touched their skin and that their cells can now breathe tiny, high-pitched sighs of relief.
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