Melissa Narron, the co-owner of Botanicals Salon & Spa, never stops learning. After graduating with business and cosmetology degrees, the nine-year beauty veteran has obtained abundant hands-on experience. She has been a Redken color specialist since 2004, to say nothing of her credentials with California Smooth, Mirabella Beauty, CosMedix, and OPI—Melissa's a mani-pedi technician, too. With her training and practice as guidance, she and her team pamper and primp clients with a robust menu of services, including mud wraps, hot-stone massages, and mani-pedis as single treatments or components of luxurious spa packages.
Quaintly staffed by five certified nail technicians, Marvelous Nails preens fingers and toes with a suite of services. With three types of no-chip manicures, including CND Shellac, Harmony Gelish, and Axxium from OPI, techs color digits with formulas that dry instantly beneath a curing light and keep nails strong and chip-free. Other add-ons such as mineral-packed paraffin dips soften and moisturize hands, and dazzling designs embellish fingernails with arabesque designs or postmodern paintings of realistic fingernails.
The stylists and aestheticians at Botanicals Salon & Spa believe that even with all the high-tech serums, lotions, and hair products that exist in the world, nature is the best for hair and skin. The Aveda concept salon eschews harsh chemicals and uses all-natural Aveda products during hair cuts and colors, facials, waxing services, and mani-pedis. To further support nature and make dolphins high-five each other with joy, clients can bring in their empty Aveda product bottles and have them refilled.
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.
Aesthetician Lina Yang trained as a medical professional in China before making her way to the United States. After arriving in the States, she studied aesthetics with dermatologist Dr. James Fulton, who went on to codevelop the topical acne treatment Retin-A. Today, Lina?whose numerous credentials include an international certification in Xtreme lash extensions?owns and operates Skin Essence. Stationed in her warmly lit spa, Lina relies on 20 years of experience and a team of skincare professionals to rejuvenate complexions and pamper bodies with a full menu of medical-grade spa treatments. The staff specializes in diamond-peel-microdermabrasion treatments and nonsurgical face-lifts, both of which help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, blemishes, and discoloration; clients may see noticeable improvement in their skin after one visit.
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The three surgeons at Specialists in Plastic Surgery call upon more than 60 years of combined experience as they transform patients' faces and bodies. The physicians—Roger Russell, Don Oschwald, and Richard Carlino—also boast recognition by professional organizations, with certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ranks as Fellows in the American College of Surgeons (FACS).
At The Museum Spa & Laser Center, an adjacent facility that focuses on nonsurgical procedures, registered nurses certified to handle cosmetic lasers beautify bodies with noninvasive treatments such as hair removal and skin resurfacing. The team's licensed medical aestheticians also use the Visia computerized skin-analysis system to recommend the appropriate services for issues such as sun damage, wrinkles, or the inability to smile during driver's-license photos.