There’s no stopping the aging process, short of becoming a vampire or finding the elusive soda fountain of eternal youth. But at Celia's Face & Body, licensed aesthetician Kelley offsets the physical signs of aging with facials that use ingredients such as warm paraffin masks and organic-fruit acids to improve skin’s texture. A line of Yon-Ka Paris products uses marine extracts, fruit acids, and essential oils to further rejuvenate epidermises. Luxurious facial packages can include aromatherapy back scrubs or neck-and-shoulder massages.
Beyond facials, Kelley pampers clients with bodywork sessions such as the citrus body buff, which exfoliates bods with citrus body masks more effectively than running through a lawn sprinkler filled with salt and OJ. The certified massage therapist also soothes achy muscles with massages that can incorporate deep-tissue and hot-stone massage techniques.
Glow Hair Skin and Harmony’s interior evokes an elegant turn-of-the-century hotel with its candles, sumptuous drapes, gilded decorations, and a real bed for massages. The spa encompasses all three stories of a colonial home, where beauty buffs flock for haircuts, specialty facials, massages, and nailcare. Aestheticians certified in Keratin smoothing treatments can coat strands in Matrix products, while skincare services such as waxing might use Glow’s house line of products. Regardless of the service, the spa staff only uses products that exclude artificial colors, allergens, and repurposed hotel samples.
Karizma Salon & Spa's staff leave no body area ungroomed—clients can head to this cozy spot for head-to-toe touchups. Hairstylists take it from the top, scissoring hair into new looks and adding dimension with highlights. Massage therapists relax clients with Swedish and hot-stone massage, and nail technicians add gleaming polish to fingers and toes. Aestheticians refresh visages with facials and lash extensions, and waxing techs round out the salon's services, removing hair from both body and face.
CAT Studio, which began primarily as an airbrush-tanning salon, expanded to include pole-fitness classes after owner and pole-fitness aficionado Jessica Williams was persuaded to do so by her clients. Since then, Jessica has furnished her studio with a disco ball and four poles, which students use during fun, challenging workout routines that combine dance, fitness, and acrobatics. Both of Jessica’s instructors have at least two years of pole-fitness experience and can speak personally to its effectiveness: each is a new mother that got back into shape by practicing the fun exercise. Classes are designed to accommodate all ages and skill levels; beginners usually wear shorts and a T-shirt.
Aside from pole fitness, the studio’s team of airbrush artists customizes spray tans while taking into consideration the client's skin tone, preference of golden hue, and aspirations to look like an Oscar award. Airbrush-tanning sessions can be further personalized with select scents, tanning lotions, and body glitter, and the studio also carries a variety of tanning products for home use. Custom airbrush tattoos are available for those that want to sport a cool design for an upcoming event or just for fun.
Forty-six-year-old single mom Leslie was so inspired by her first encounters with LED phototherapy that she became certified as a skin technician shortly thereafter. Today, more than 10 years later, she helps her clients eschew the need to drop thousands of dollars on injections, plastic surgery, and facial creams by harnessing blue- and red-light technologies. With careful calibrations, she has found laser therapy to effectively treat fine lines, cellulite, and acne.
As a licensed aesthetician since 1999, Stephanie clears and revitalizes skin with exfoliating body scrubs, footbaths, and waxing services. She also delves into massage-oriented techniques, such as reflexology and hot-stone treatments that melt away tension and accidentally swallowed ice cubes. Her facials, however, are what earned her a profile from George Austin of the Spectator. “Do you want to have skin like a celebrity?” Austin asks rhetorically. “Stephanie Roberts may be able to help you with…dermaculture that firms and tightens skin, keeping it looking young.”