Beauty is a family business at Valeria Salon Med Spa Boutique, where co-owner Geri Palillo has been working side by side with her three daughters and a staff of more than 30 handpicked beauty experts for nearly a decade. Born into a family of cosmetic pioneers, Geri's own journey found her graduating from the classrooms of Vidal Sassoon and rubbing elbows with industry big wigs and their wigs at New York's Redken 5th Avenue Exchange. Today, when she's not busy personally selecting the Ray-Ban sunglasses and designer handbags that fill the shelves of Valeria's boutique, she continues to show off her styling finesse in the sunlit, marble-floored salon that constitutes one third of the business, showing her cutting-edge knowledge of the latest hairstyles through cuts, coloring, perms, up-dos, and straightening treatments.
Meanwhile, on the spa side of this three-part beauty haven, guests relax in private, Tommy Bahama-themed rooms as one of Geri's highly trained therapists and aestheticians administers one of six types of massage or body wraps ripe with natural ingredients such as ocean salt, ginger, or white tea. Facials tend to sensitive skin or revitalize dried out visages, and can also address the unique ailments of the male face, such as pores left from make-out sessions with monster trucks. The service menu also includes med spa treatments, such as laser hair removal, skin tightening and spider vein treatments and wrinkle-smoothing injections of Botox and Juvederm, as well as professional teeth whitening that combines the stain lifting powers of peroxide and light.
The Skin Center of North Carolina provides the guidance and steady-hand precision of medical professionals in treating the body's pore-patches and freckle-farms. The oxygen facial (a $99 value) rejuvenates jilted skin with a smorgasbord of oxygenating treatments, starting with an automated misting machine that sprays the skin with atomized moisturizers sailing atop a trade wind of pressurized oxygen. An aesthetician blends the oxygen-rich mist to target your specific skin need, whether it be anti-aging, moisture retention, acne axing, or inflammation inhibition. Epidermal fireflies will be ignited, adding a healthy glow to your skin.
Owner and licensed massage therapist Bob Weir—a graduate of and former Anatomy & Physiology professor at the Southeastern School of Neuromuscular Therapy—guides a staff of five therapists at LKN Massage. Myriad massage modalities are available, including Swedish, deep-tissue, hot stone, sports, couples, and prenatal massage. Neuromuscular therapy helps to balance the nervous system, and light work on the lymph nodes stimulates lymphatic drainage to help flush the body of toxins. Nutritional assessments are provided free of change, just like the president doesn't charge anything for his making-money-online advice.
In 2008, husband and wife Jason and Shanon Rabon saw something was missing from their native city of Charlotte. People who wanted a more brilliant smile to display during dates, weddings, or long commutes couldn't gain one with ease. Usually, whitening one’s teeth requires an expensive visit to the dentist to brighten smiles with a combination of hydrogen-peroxide gel and LED light. Jason and Shanon offer an alternative at their seven Whiten My Smile Now locations, which provide the same treatment at a far lower cost. It’s a convenience that has rapidly ascended in popularity: over 30,000 clients have sought out the service since it opened.
During visits, a technician thoroughly explains the procedure and holds up a mirror while the client brushes the whitening gel directly onto their teeth. This brush-delivery method delves deep into the cracks and nooks of the teeth to evenly lift out discoloration and stains. With gel applied, clients relax in a private area under the LED light for approximately 15 minutes. Afterwards, they can check how many shades teeth have brightened by comparing their smiles to a whitening chart.