When Maureen Schantz founded Alternative Health Associates more than two decades ago, she did so with a simple concept in mind: bring together professionals who can tend to customers’ every aesthetic need. She and her staff do just that with a wide range of cosmetic services, ranging from Maureen’s specialty, electrolysis, to Botox and waxing. But their services also extend into aspects of health. Swedish and deep-tissue massages disperse aches, and a protein-oriented weight-loss program builds muscle and gets rid of fat faster than a firm handshake from a really muscular cousin.
Master aesthetician Maria Conde rarely encounters a pair of legs that she can't make as smooth as silk, or a pair of eyebrows that she can't shape into elegant arches. The hair-removal expert specializes in swift waxing and sugaring treatments for women as well as for men. But that's not all she offers at Maria Body Image Studio. Conde also cleanses pores with exfoliating facials and promotes detoxification with mineral body wraps. Her eyelash extensions add length and volume for weeks on end, staying in place until they fall out naturally or are plucked for an emergency wish.
The seasoned skin shamans at The Skin Care Center conjure up shapely, healthy skinsuits with their detoxifying body wraps. After being thoroughly soaked in dermahealthy ingredients such as moisturizing algae extract and stimulating rosemary oil, bandages are swathed around cellulite-riddled bone abodes and activated by thermodynamics to help purge toxins, boost circulation, and burn fatty cells.
Dr. Ahmad Ellini, MD, received aesthetic training under the esteemed Dr. Zein E. Obagi and Dr. Patrick Bitter Jr., the founding fathers of the Obagi Skin Health Institute and the photofacial, respectively. Relying on his expertise, Dr. Ellini and his team carefully examine each patient’s pores so that they can recommend the most suitable facial, peel, laser treatment, or dose of injectables. The aestheticians on staff are well-versed in exfoliation and hair-removal techniques, as well as mineral-makeup application.
Be forewarned: Simply Bliss Salon is not your average frou-frou, super-chic upper Northwest haircut and style salon. Located on the lower floor of a massive apartment building, some who enter might be put off by the initial aesthetics of the place, which nearly-bare walls and simple floors. But just as beauty is more than skin deep, don’t let first impressions fool you; customers who stay for a service tend to walk out the door feeling quite lovely. Cuts and color are specialties here, offered at discounted prices when compared to many of the high-end spaces that exist around the city. Stylists work primarily with organic coloring products that maintain the natural moisture and protein balance of the hair, and Brazilian keratin treatments are also available, as are waxing services.
As you might expect from a place called Salon Rouge, this place has red walls and crimson fixtures. But Salon Rouge does not discriminate, whether your hair is red, blonde, brown or gray, Salon Rouge stylists will take you on. In fact, the Dupont salon is well-known for its talents in color correction. Men, women and children are welcome here and the place has a very family-friendly, down-to-earth vibe. In addition to cuts and color, Salon Rouge waxes everything from eyebrows to hairy backs, and offers skin care services ranging from facials to microdermabrasion, proving that no matter color your hair is, Salon Rouge will have you coming out feeling fabulous.