Torrie Jakes, owner of Jakes Aesthetics, dropped her legal career to pursue her passion for skincare and cosmetics. Performing laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels as well as other skincare treatments, she stays true to her goal of helping her clients attain glowing, youthful skin.
Corte's Medi-Spa & Salon's amiable skin soothers have been professionally preening pelts since 2003. The serenity center pacifies patrons with 30-minute customized treatments such as the Jessner peel, during which dermatologists frost flavorless frontal façades with a Betty-Crocker-approved glycolic cleanser to purge oil from pores. Skin savants then slather faces with Jessner solution, a concoction that corrals the power of resorcinol, lactic acid, and salicylic acid to buff bumpy mugs. Customers quell licks of discomfort with a fan-bolstered breeze until staff neutralize the acid with warm words and remove masks with cool water. Patrons experience peeling and flaking for a week followed by pink or brown hues that eventually fade into smooth, healthy-looking skin.
Peppermint and pure sugar cane are on the menu, but they're not for eating. The peppermint fragrances a warm footbath, and the pure sugar cane acts as scrub for lips or tongues with no self-control. These indulgent ingredients appear in various services at Serenity Day Spa and Gifts, where guests can spend up to a full day relaxing and beautifying with spa packages that combine mani-pedis, facials, and massages. Body-contouring wraps detoxify while they tighten and tone skin, and specially designed facials address the common skincare concerns of men, women, and teens.
Though the walls of Bella Brazilian Wax are predominantly white, a few periodic splashes of bright-pink and baby-blue paint bring the space to life. The simple decor belies the sophistication of the approach taken by the studio’s licensed aestheticians, who aim to make clients as comfortable as possible while they work. To that end, they use organic hard wax, which solidifies and pulls off hair without the mess or yanked skin of traditional strips. A skilled tech can lift fuzz from a brow or upper lip, or provide a full-body session that works well for hard-to-manage areas, such as the underarms, back, and fingernails.
Smoother, healthier skin is the goal of every treatment at Threading Studio and Spa. The salon's aestheticians skillfully remove unwanted hair with dollops of warm wax or loops of thread, which they twist and roll over the skin. Waxing sessions allow for quick hair removal over larger spans of skin, while the threading technique allows aestheticians to remove even the finest hairs from upper lips, or to shape brows with precision. The aestheticians also fight blemishes, fine lines, and other skin issues with Dermologica skincare products.
Sheila Cao, a registered nurse and founder of Naturalashes, practices a hair-based brand of makeover—rejuvenating style with eyelash extensions and waxing. Experienced stylists keep bodies both smooth—with applications of low-temperature, anti-irritant wax—and dramatic, with durable mink and synthetic eyelash extensions.