Little did Alicia Imani know at 14 years old that her first jobs in salons and spas would inspire a passion for the beauty industry and a future career. Now at Painted Faces, the licensed cosmetologist provides makeup services including wedding-day applications for brides and their attendants and on-set applications for photo shoots. Using cosmetics from MAC, Chanel, and Lancôme, Alicia leads classes where she teaches clients how to apply makeup properly and create looks that work best with their features.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Nia Banks and her team of trained beautifiers offer an eclectic array of appearance-boosting services. Surgical options to fulfill patients’ Christmas wishes include tummy tucks, liposuction, and rhinoplasty. For a lighter touch, nonsurgical treatments include injections of Botox—the wrinkle-fading serum that tricks muscles into thinking they are bears that must fall into deep hibernation for months.
Sonya Fletcher's career started in an unlikely place: her neighbor's scalp. While growing up, Fletcher tended to the hair of neighbors and her own mother, beginning a lifelong love for styling and cosmetology that led her to open Sonya Michelle Hair Spa. Her expertise in braiding, twisting, and weaving keeps her nimble fingers in high demand, but that's not all the salon offers its clients. The service menu also includes moisturizing treatments for curly, kinky, and wavy hair that can be prone to dryness, as well as keratin treatments that imbue locks with smoothness, shine, and the ambition to audition for shampoo commercials. Clients can also come in for color services that can transform looks with vibrant hues.
Angel’s Touch Skincare and Wellness's multidisciplinary team of aestheticians rejuvenate weary bodies with a full menu of customized organic facials, massage therapies, and herbal body wraps. The aesthetic services employ organic skincare products made in small batches from handpicked fruits, vegetables, and herbs, vivifying the skin with natural nutrients. The staff also offers alternative wellness services such as reflexology, acupuncture, and ear candling, which bring repose to the mind and the insides of ears. To give newly minted auras of beauty a firmer foundation, daily Zumba dance-fitness sessions strengthen core muscles and burn calories in fun, yet intense, one-hour spurts.
Acclaimed surgeon Dr. Craig Person's skilled hands change looks and lives. Doubly board-certified in plastic and hand surgery, he specializes in transforming clients’ appearances with procedures including lifts, augmentations, and enhancements. Nonsurgical alternatives, using injections of products such as Botox and Juvéderm, work to ease the wrinkles accumulated after years of frowning at riddles. Dr. Person also partners with a skincare professional, who consults with patients and provides skin-smoothing treatments.
No matter how beautiful you are, it's hard to feel that way when your hair is thinning, when it is missing in certain areas, or when it simply isn't as long as you want it to be. Vita's Hair Studio's stylists help make women feel beautiful again with nonsurgical hair-replacement treatments?including hair grafting and hairline reconstruction?as well as with glue-less hair extensions and weaves. They use 100% virgin human hair, instead of bundles of string, to create natural looks. They also pamper existing hair with warm nourishing oil and organic moisture-replenishing products.