Revitacell's friendly, knowledgeable staff presents customers with an array of noninvasive skin-sprucing services. Partakers of red-light phototherapy will get to immerse their faces in warm crimson glow three times a week for two months, emerging with visages less riddled with fine lines and discoloration. The system reverses the signs of aging by engaging the skin's own natural healing abilities and can also boost elasticity, moisture, and a client's youthful desire to wage magnifying-glass war on backyard ants.
In a massage room awash in shades of plum, one of Serenity Spa Wellness Center's licensed therapists plunges deft fingers into muscular structures to weed out pesky pain points and break up congregations of tension. Increasingly relaxed breaths drift out of the private room, past cedar-colored planks, and toward the far-infrared sauna, which uses dry heat in an effort to draw toxins from the body or elicit confessions from ice-cream smugglers. Aestheticians blend ingredients for facial treatments and combine fragrant swirls of essential oils, catering to individual skin and health issues. In the reception area, hands warm around mugs from a coffee bar, and floral-patterned or zebra-print chairs cradle guests.
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Shapers Salon & Spa owners Bina and Neelam love helping others feel beautiful. This passion inspired them to create their own unique styles for hair services, eyebrow threading, and herbal facial care. Along with standard salon services, they offer ethnic-hair treatments that include cornrows, relaxers, and permanent weaves. They also remove unwanted hair with waxing or threading services that pull strands from the root, keeping skin hair-free for longer than traditional shaving. Other rejuvenating skin services include their collection of facials that range from express facials and blackhead removal to lux Diamond and Gold treatments.
Owner Magdalen Lagergren was born in Nairobi, where her Kenyan name is Karugi Karanja, which means "little cook.” This name turned out to be prophetic: as a child, Magdalen made her own facial creams and masks from local fruits and vegetables. As an adult in the United States, she fostered her passion for skincare with formal training at Yvonne de Vilar Scientific Skin Care in Vienna, Virginia, and after graduating in 2004, she earned her aesthetics license and immediately went to work at local spas.
Today, at her own practice, Magdalen takes point guiding a staff of two licensed aestheticians to soothe skin with specialized facials and perform microdermabrasion, waxing, and body services with Dermalogica and Vivant skincare products. Four licensed massage therapists draw on a variety of techniques to ease specific aches and pains or combine them all in an attempt to create Voltron.
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Licensed cosmetologist Tiffany has a different, and sometimes unexpected, remedy for each skin concern. For sun damage, she sheds LED light over skin to boost collagen production and fade unwanted pigment. She smoothes out fine lines and crow's-feet with anti-aging treatments that incorporate caviar, and shrinks eye puffiness with a combination of ultrasonic aromatherapy and massage. Tiffany even tightens loose skin with bio-lift treatments instead of tying clients' hair into really tight ponytails.
In addition to these specialized services, Tiffany's more general services include body waxing and an array of cleansing and hydrating facials, which often use FARAH Beauty Specialist products. Regardless of the end goal, all of her appointments begin with a consultation, during which she discusses desired results and advises clients on their at-home skincare regimens.