"I'm an artist and I started out in cosmetics … I just really enjoy helping people look great," says Alichia Ryan. Whether it is through the application of Extreme Lashes extensions, makeup, or an Infinity Sun airbrush tan, Alichia takes joy in enhancing appearances and boosting confidence levels. She has been a licensed aesthetician since 1997 and once owned her own Merle Norman studio outside of Los Angeles. Always learning about the latest beauty techniques and technologies, she holds certifications in microdermabrasion and permanent cosmetics, as well as an endorsement for Ad Vinci teeth whitening from the Vitruvius Man.
Natalie, Bloom Med Spa’s licensed aesthetician and certified laser technician, works under the supervision of Dr. Dennis Kotelko to help her clients showcase their unique beauty. This journey begins with laser hair removal to render clients’ skin unencumbered by whiskers, bristles, and stubble. Skin-rejuvenation laser facials then take the baton and tighten skin by stimulating collagen production while paring down wrinkles and discoloration on the surface of the face. Natalie also offers treatments to reduce age spots and skin damage, as well as remove spider veins, and carries anti-aging and lash-thickening products from Obagi and Latisse.
Master barbers fashion locks and sever dead ends with hair services performed inside Bull Locks Hair's old-fashioned, no-frills barbershop. Manly manes beef up with modern styles, flattops, fades, or military cuts accompanied by orders to drop and do 20. All men's cuts include a complimentary, hot-lather neck shave that removes stubble. The shop also cuts strands from the tops of female heads with precise shears-oriented maneuvers. Quick lites festoon hairdos with streaks from 6–10 foils, whereas full highlights cover the entire head with foils to enliven locks and enable clients to telepathically gossip with aliens.
Spend some quality time not talking to your sweetie with the Be My Valentine special, which includes a couple's massage, bottle of wine, and complimentary rose ($199) in Beau Visage's handsome and spacious couple's massage room. Facial fans can try out a Fountain of Youth hydrating facial ($125) or an Under the Sea Facial ($125) with seaweed, cultivated from France's Bethany Coast, that contains 1,000 times more vitamins and minerals than anything grown in soil. Those looking to infiltrate high school to write the exposé that will seal their journalistic futures can peel away layers of dead face skin with a glycolic peel ($50) or a medical-grade peel ($120–$160). If you're more in the mood for a massage, a 90-minute European hot-stone therapy session ($120) will increase your relaxation and improve your blood flow with the penetrating heat of smooth basalt rocks. You can also cocoon yourself with a Slender Quest Body Wrap ($95) and emerge a firm, toned, sexy butterfly. Dudes, meanwhile, can enjoy being King for a Day (one of the Valentine's Day specials) with a gentlemen's facial and a sandalwood aromatherapy massage ($129). Beau Visage also offers airbrush tanning, microdermabrasion, men's body services, photorejuvenation, and more.
The Anti-Age Spa at Leigh Ann's aestheticians wage an all-out war on aging, restoring taut, youthful-looking skin with the aid of FDA-approved treatments. In the 40- to 60-minute collagen-induction-therapy treatment, a medical-grade dermaroller trundles over the face and neck, creating micropunctures that allow the spa's therapeutic products and custom-made serums to penetrate deeper, much as perforating a baguette with a toothpick allows it to absorb Kool-Aid better than ever before. The dermaroller stimulates production of collagen and elastin, tightening skin, reducing fine lines, and minimizing wrinkles, resulting in immediate offers to host TV news broadcasts. The procedure requires minimal downtime, though patients may experience a few days to a week of tender facial skin and possible swelling. Patrons also receive 15 percent off retail skincare products at their appointment.
Bodywork Therapies aligns its medical massages with what they call the "Whole-Athlete Model." This philosophy goes by the idea that the body is a complex system of elements all working in tandem, and that a disruption to any part, no matter how small, means a disruption to the whole. These elements can be physical, emotional, and even social, and so the therapists here have devised a signature massage that addressees all aspects simultaneously with a combination of neuromuscular and deep-tissue techniques with acupressure. And therapists can tailor each session to meet the specific demands of the client, whether they are experiencing a sore back, worried mind, creaky elbow, or stoic funny bone. They also perform pain management techniques that clients can use to keep their body in balance even when they're off the massage table.