Though she held a master's degree in social work and worked at the Children's Hospital of Denver, Melissa Risley felt called to help others in another way. She had personally struggled with physical scars and the emotional damage that went along with them, trying a number of different techniques and products to address the issues without success. Risley decided to enter the field of paramedical aesthetics, and came across a technique known as collagen-induction therapy (CIT), which was gaining attention in Europe, Austria, and South Africa.
Not only did CIT improve the wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks that plagued her clients at Dermagrace Cosmetic Rejuvenation, it also brought closure to Risley's own skincare battles. She now specializes in the technique, which uses tiny microneedles to stimulate collagen and elastin in the skin's sub-layers and convince loitering balloon animals to nest somewhere else. She is also certified in permanent makeup, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion, and is a proponent of the Osmosis Skincare line for its noninflammatory ingredients.
As an aesthetician, Brandy Rich spends nearly every day up close and personal with her clients’ faces. She has seen it all—from troublesome acne to irritated and dry skin—and she works her magic to address every problem. The anti-aging facial’s essential oils help diminish fine lines, and pineapple extract exfoliates faces more gently than scrubbing with an actual pineapple. When problematic skin quiets down, Brandy’s job as a makeup artist kicks in. She enhances brides’ natural beauty with Temptu Pro airbrush makeup, teaches everyday folk how to properly apply eyeliner, and applies eye-catching lash extensions for added drama when blinking.
All too often, visits to the spa seem like an inaccessible luxury. Skin Care Essentials incentivizes regular pampering sessions, however, offering discounted prices for facials if purchased in “bulk.” The list of skin services includes a classic deep-pore-cleansing facial with steam, massage, and exfoliation; a more aggressive Jessner’s peel, designed to resurface the face and reduce discoloration; and a treatment that is specially designed for those who suffer from rosacea. Waxing services for the lip, brows, and chin make skin extra smooth.
Sometimes hair sprouts forth from less than desirable places, while other areas of the body lack the lengthy strands we long for. Miya’s Wax and Skin Care’s aim is simple: remedy these problems while simultaneously pampering clients. The staff adds length to hair with eyelash extensions and subtracts strands with full-body waxing. Much like the ghosts of ponytails past, Miya’s Wax and Skin Care can be found inside of Dolce Vita Salon.
From a child’s first trim to a bride’s big day, the stylist at The Hair Loft expertly execute any hair situation. She cuts away split ends, removes unwanted length, and neatens men’s hairlines with scissors, shavers, and miniature weed whackers. New colors find their way into manes with strategically placed highlights, and a medley of hairpins and hair spray keeps every last strand in place for updos.
Dolce Vita Salon & Spa's resident "Creative" master nail technician, Liana Labriola, transforms digital extremities into masterpieces of color. Under her expert care, nails glow with fresh coats of polish after having their jagged edges filed, their cuticles pushed back, and their surrounding skin turned into delicious flan with a sugar scrub.