In Louisiana, all aestheticians endure at least 750 grueling hours of cosmetology schooling before they can obtain a license. Difficult scientific classes aren’t part of the required curriculum, but they were essential for Elite Skin Suite’s Lessie. After obtaining her cosmetology license back in 1978, the aesthetician became completely enamored with skin. So she headed to Tulane College and enrolled in classes such as genetics, mutation, and cellular biology, all in hopes of truly understanding the ins and outs of her favorite organ.
So far, her schooling has served Lessie well. For more than 30 years, she has helped clients of all ages maintain healthy skin with treatments tailored to their individual needs. Every service at Elite Skin Suite begins with a complimentary assessment, which gives Lessie the knowledge she needs to administer any one of a dozen or so of the facial treatments in her repertoire, including glycolic-acid peels, LED therapy, and detoxifying acne facials. And though most spas and licking puppies tend to focus on the face, Lessie focuses her aesthetic eye on the whole body with cellulite wraps, coconut-infused hydration treatments, and waxing.
The mission of Peaceful Beginnings for You is to make pampering a part of clients’ normal routines, not just an occasional treat for birthdays or bank holidays. To this end, the team of aestheticians, licensed massage therapists, and nail techs is not tethered to the confines of the salon, but can take on their show on the road to relax and beautify clients in their home or neighborhood park. Their luxe list of specialties includes Swedish massage, makeup application, waxing, deep-cleansing facials, and nail services. For those who want the full spa escape experience, the brick-and-mortar location’s simple and professional milieu, free of strobe lights and robotic dinosaurs, keeps the focus on serenity and hospitality.
Calling on skin-safe supplies such as cosmeceutical-grade serums from Image like their Ormedic organic formulas, paramedical aesthetician Michele Gordy tends to clients' faces with services that include facials, peels, and microdermabrasion treatments. From her post within Victoria's Regal Nails, Michele begins every appointment with a consultation and detailed skin analysis to understand the unique issues and individual needs of each client's skin. She then tailors her services to treat conditions ranging from unsightly acne to stubborn paint left on former Blue Man Group members.
Peppermint and pure sugar cane are on the menu, but they're not for eating. The peppermint fragrances a warm footbath, and the pure sugar cane acts as scrub for lips or tongues with no self-control. These indulgent ingredients appear in various services at Serenity Day Spa and Gifts, where guests can spend up to a full day relaxing and beautifying with spa packages that combine mani-pedis, facials, massages, and It Works Body Applicators. Body-contouring wraps detoxify while they tighten and tone skin, and specially designed facials address the common skincare concerns of men, women, and teens.
Surrounded by the waterfall and tree displays of The Wellness Experience's tropically themed studio, guests begin to relax before they've even chosen a spa service. The calming decor buries stressful thoughts beneath soothing sounds and sensations?the holistic goal that guides each pampering option. From body wraps to hydrotherapy to deep-tissue massage, the treatments strive to release tension from both mind and body. The Wellness Experience staff believe that putting one's self at ease opens a window to better health, simultaneously shutting the door that admits ulcer fairies.
The dedicated team of stylists at The Arthur Hutton Salon shears locks into impressionable cuts and shifts shades with vivid color treatments. In addition to snipping blunt bobs and deftly razoring crew cuts, practiced hands weave braids, employ Simply Smooth keratin treatments to subdue frizz and curls, and enliven tresses with feather extensions that will convince the robins in your backyard to let you join their innermost circle. The salon also stocks hair products from brands such as Redken, Joico, and Nioxin so patrons can maintain their manes at home.