As a nearly 30-year veteran of the beauty industry, Deja Groove owner Donna Farmer knows talent when she sees it. During the twelve years that she's stood at the helm of Deja Groove, she's nurtured the careers of numerous professionals, amassing a team of talented practitioners capable of catering to virtually any aesthetic need. In the salon, stylists can be found doing everything from cutting hair to manipulating hair texture with waves and relaxers, pulling from an arsenal of products that includes brands like Redken and Pureology. Meanwhile, the spa team includes licensed massage therapists who combat tension with custom kneads and hot stones, as well as aestheticians who soften and smooth skin with microdermabrasion treatments, manicures and pedicures to improve the appearance of natural nails, facials, and waxing. What's more, the beauty team also offers unique services such as lash tinting and ear candling, which can help remove waxy build-up or surprise an otolaryngologist on his birthday.
Armed with pharmaceutical-grade products, Creek Stone Med Spa's professionals help clients combat the signs of aging and escape the stresses of everyday life. At the Burlington location physician-assisted specialists administer medical weightloss assistance and back treatments and use potent Botox, Radiesse, Latisse, and Juvéderm injections to diminish the appearance of wrinkles on clients' faces or Richard Nixon Halloween masks. At the Thomasville location, beauty specialists pamper clients literally from head to toe with spa treatments including hair straightening, skincare services with Hungarian ingredients, and pedicures with Éminence Organic scrubs. Physician-assisted weightloss programs and aesthetic medical treatments are also available here.
After graduating from the Duke University School of Medicine in 2004, Dr. Ana Benitez-Graham stayed inside the Triangle, completing her dermatology residency at the University of North Carolina. She is now a member of the North Carolina Medical Society and the American Society for Dermatological Surgery and a fellow with the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Benitez-Graham leads the staff at Central Carolina Skin & Dermatology on missions to streamline skin surfaces with laser services and conventional dermatology. Depending on symptoms and triggers, they can customize treatment plans to eradicate maladies such as eczema, acne, and psoriasis and to treat certain forms of skin cancer. Dr. Benitez-Graham also performs cosmetic procedures ranging from facial peels and spider-vein treatments to microdermabrasion, cosmetic injectables, and laser hair removal. The center stocks only professional products from brands such as Jane Iredale, Clarisonic, and SkinCeuticals, which are more effective than covering up skin problems with sale-price costume masks.
Virginia Lee Sprague of Intrinsic Touch Massage Therapy believes a truly therapeutic massage should mold to the client's particular desires and change to address specific concerns. This principle has guided her throughout a 23-year career, inspiring her to customize each session to weed out deep-rooted knots or de-stress bodies with long, fluid strokes. She relies on a vast repertoire, utilizing acupressure, reflexology, and trigger-point strokes and switching from one methodology to the next for an experience more indulgent than a dip in Donald Trump's coin-filled pool.
Jade Aveda is a devoted ambassador of their namesake brand. By using Aveda's naturally derived, eco-conscious skin and hair products, they're able to support their mission to "take care of our guests and our planet, keeping both looking beautiful." In keeping with the Aveda spirit, Jade refers to their services as "experiences," turning even a routine haircut into a chance to unwind by including a scalp massage and other relaxing rituals. As stylists perform cuts, coloring treatments, and complimentary chair spins in the salon, the spa team nourishes skin with brightening facials and rosemary-mint body treatments.
Jade's interest in beautifying the planet and its people runs deeper than what they do at the salon, however. They're also invested in two philanthropic initiatives: the first is an annual fashion show to raise money for the Catawba River Keeper Foundation to protect local watersheds, and the second donates funds to area cancer centers during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Given this devotion to both their clients and their community, it's not surprising that Jade was the recipient of an Angie's List award for outstanding service in 2012.
To Susan Brooks?a 19-year health-industry veteran?the weight-loss services she provides at NuBody Solutions are not about aesthetics or vanity. She strives to educate, encourage, and motivate her clients toward healthier lives. With the help of licensed dietitian and nutritionist Jan Johnson, she chases off unwanted inches and evens out skin dimpled by cellulite using body wraps and noninvasive NuLazer Curve and NuLipoEx Advanced treatments. Their FDA-approved NuCell-u-Smooth system strives to remove pockets of stubborn fat and cellulite with heat and vacuum suction, whereas their weight-loss program makes use of regular weigh-ins, weekly tips, and ongoing emotional support.
Though NuBody's staffers focus on the healthy function of bodily machines, they also tend to exteriors. Microdermabrasion, botanical peels, and facials repair damaged skin and set complexions glowing, and waxing services remove unwanted hair from eyebrows, bikini lines, and pet yetis that need to pose as humans to fool suspicious neighbors.