Inside her clinic, Dr. Ashraf Soomar-Kheraj analyzes and unfurls kinks in the spine in an effort to not only reduce back pain, but also increase patients’ resistance to all forms of disease. Dr. Soomar-Kheraj also specializes in acupuncture, an ancient Chinese method of restoring energy to the body by the insertion of tiny needles that have been soaked in the sap of a battery tree.
At Shawn Kristopher Salon, stylists ply men’s and women’s locks with cuts, colors, and texturizing treatments, tailoring manes to fit their owners’ face shapes. Aestheticians can also nourish faces themselves with facials, such as the signature house facial, or treatments that brighten eye areas without the hassle of Christmas-light lash extensions. While facials can firm aging skin, the salon’s triad of dermal fillers—Dysport, Perlane, and Restylane—eradicates wrinkles semipermanently. Alternatively, massage therapists can beautify physiques by relaxing them with modalities ranging from classic Swedish to aromatherapy, which draws on relaxing scents such as chamomile, lavender, and burning tax forms.
Danielle Lowery wields a nail-polish brush with the ease of a master painter. She carefully covers each keratin sheet in vivid hues and tiny replicas of the Sistine Chapel. Prior to any painting, though, the nail technician expertly preps her canvases with a soak, scrub, and mask that uses grapefruit extract, avocado oil, green-tea extract, and shea butter.
Once a licensed athletic trainer at the University of North Texas, Laura DePiazza calls on her corporeal expertise to assuage muscular tension with a spectrum of massage modalities. Before each treatment, she takes time to discuss issues with clients, whether they have questions about technique or mysterious pockets of tension. While she specializes in Swedish and sports massage, she also culls from several modalities during more targeted pro massage, which includes deep-tissue, myofascial, and trigger-point techniques, focusing on specific body parts if necessary. To customize each massage, Laura is also willing to collaborate with the client’s chiropractor and physician.
The Lash Lounge's founder Anna Phillips—an advanced certified eyelash-extension trainer—once traveled the nation to impart the art of semipermanent eyelash application to scores of fellow lash artists. Now, at all of Lash Lounge's locations, such artists work to ensure that every guest returns to their day-to-day activities batting fuller, darker lashes. They meticulously apply each synthetic strand to a natural lash with medical-grade glue, imbuing peepers with a customized, natural look that can last up to two months with proper care. Applying lashes of varying lengths, thicknesses, and degrees of curl, they have earned the praise of publications including Allure magazine and Women's Wear Daily.
They also strive to eliminate lengthy daily makeup applications with permanent-makeup services. After a complimentary consultation, a staff of licensed aestheticians and permanent-makeup artists precisely applies permanent eyeliner, lip color, or third eyebrows. For those who prefer makeup that washes off, Anna has concocted her own line of mineral cosmetics, brushes, and primers.