In 2000, licensed aesthetician Jennifer Friess graduated from the Douglas J. Aveda Institute, a beauty academy that served as her introduction to the wide world of spa treatments. She spent the next decade honing her skills in salons and spas, and her love for the profession grew in tandem with her profile. As Jennifer’s reputation continued to expand, it began to make sense for her to open her own studio space—a luxury that would allow her a measure of the freedom she was unable to enjoy while working for others.
Jennifer has achieved that freedom at Simply Bliss Spa and Esthetique, where she lavishes her regular clients with the kind of personal attention they deserve. Jennifer's spa services tend to focus on the skin, so waxing, facials, and Halloween mask removal are featured prominently on her spa’s menu. In addition to these treatments, she has been known to untie muscle knots with relaxation and deep-tissue massages.
Under the expertise of owner and board-certified aesthetician Nancy Young, skincare professionals at dbts Skin Bar-Corporate use zone-by-zone facial mapping to create custom skin therapy. With high-end Dermalogica products in tow, staffers fight a variety of dermal foes, including acne blemishes, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and scars in the shape of ATM PINs. Using a blend of antioxidants, glycolic acids, and fruit acids, treatments such as advanced rejuvenating chemical peels strip away the exterior layer of skin to promote collagen production and unearth healthier new skin. Other skin-therapy treatments diminish hyperpigmentation or slow the process of aging. Not only do the specialty treatments leave skin smoother, but the light-based hair-removal services contribute to a sleeker façade.
Jessica Elkins's eponymous spa is a tribute to her love of plants, nature, and beauty. During her aesthetics training, Jessica worked in the bodycare department of a natural-foods market, assisting clients as they selected lotions, rinses, or cucumbers. She then turned her attention to biochemistry, a field of study that explores the chemical processes in living organisms. By learning how cellular components interact, Jessica broadened her ability to resolve or diminish skin conditions with specific products. At the spa, Jessica works alongside aestheticians who perform custom facials with natural ingredients from Europe or minerals from the mines of Moria. Wax technicians specialize in Brazilian and eyebrow services, and cosmetologists perform makeup applications with mineral pigments.
Of the more than 5,000 surgeries Dr. Pramit Malhotra has performed during his career, safety and natural-looking results have been his top priorities during each. To this day, the experienced plastic surgeon ensures these priorities by using advanced technology, including CoolSculpting by Zeltiq liposuction treatments, noninvasive dermal fillers, and quick-recovery postsurgery methods. These techniques have also helped Dr. Malhotra win such awards as Top Doctor 2010 from Realself.com, Best of Ann Arbor Cosmetic Surgeon in 2012, and best plastic surgeon in the 2014 Best of Washtenaw County awards.
Inside SpaTacular Skin's purple and gray treatment room, the studio's aesthetician and owner, Monica Morrison, pampers complexions. SpaTacular's facials soften wrinkles, increase circulation, relax muscles, and alleviate skin conditions, resulting in more youthful looks. The spa also provides chemical peels for deeper cleansing, along with back treatments and hair removal.
To the technicians at Eyeconic Lashes, subtlety is a key tenet of beauty. Their eyelash extensions draw attention to clients? natural assets without getting in the way. They achieve this effect by relying on Lashfresh extensions, which they apply individually to seamlessly add length and thickness to lash lines. Depending on the client's desired level of glamour?the packages helpfully bear names such as Model and Supermodel?the technicians may apply up to 60 lashes, sealing each with a special bonding agent. The mink extensions last up to four weeks before falling out naturally, and fill-in treatments ensure that eyes maintain their ability to extinguish a candle with merely a wink.
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