Skin experts at Esthetics Center rely on noninvasive scientific advancements to cultivate smooth, youthful complexions but draw on an ancient Indian art to redesign unruly eyebrows. Skin analyses can lead to custom facials with Shahnaz Husain herbal creams, enzyme therapy gentle enough for those with rosacea, or the outing of secret identities with better skin. Advanced exfoliation procedures involving microcrystal sprays and chemical serums reveal fresh, healthy skin as well as the depth of the aestheticians' knowledge. Body and facial waxing is an exclusive privilege of women at Esthetics Center, but the team extends their skills in eyebrow threading—an age-old technique that uses thread to nab hair but not skin—to both sexes.
The follicular technicians at Brow Threading whisk away facial hair with a removal procedure that's more precise than waxing, plucking, or facial-hair immolation. During the five-minute treatment, one of Brow Threading's hair-removal heroes employs intertwined pieces of thread, which trap follicles and pull them out in the same direction by the root. Hair removal lasts up to four weeks, demolishing unwanted soul patches or sculpting eyebrows into a permanent state of surprise.
The Nail Lounge exudes elegance, with low-hanging chandeliers casting glows over silver chairs and wash stations with sinks complete with river rocks in the counter-top wash basin. The spa's high standards extend to the pedicure room, where guests can sink into La Fleur IV pedicure chairs equipped with a four-massage, shiatsu massage system. Meanwhile, they dunk their feet in foot spas lit by fiber-optic lighting?and featuring a pipe-free whirlpool system that ensures ultimate cleanliness.
Nail service choices range from gel polish to silk wraps or minx nails, with artificial and natural nail choices available. Pedicures are heightened by rose petal baths, honey and sugar scrubs, and invigorating mint foot soaks, to name only a few options. Along with nail care, The Nail Lounge also pampers clients with waxing services and eyelash extensions.
Mary hydrates and rejuvenates skin with personalized facials and melts away stress with 30- to 90-minute massages. Body exfoliations use a sea-salt and sugar scrub to vanquish dead skin cells, and waxing services eliminate unwanted hair.
Roca Salon & Spa’s roots draw upon more than 35 years of styling history, adventure, and love. It began with Vidal Sassoon–trained hairstylist Rod Cavner running a small Main Street salon named Blondie’s, where he was joined by his soon-to-be wife, and fellow Vidal Sassoon–trained hairstylist, Rhonda. After marrying and moving to Hawaii for four years, the duo returned with innovative new services, design concepts, and island-themed nicknames for friends. The result was Rhonda's three-year makeover of the space, which now includes eco-friendly, energy-efficient lighting and appliances as well as eye-catching decor.
The couple's time spent island hopping is evident in the pedicure room, where bamboo reaches up toward a sparkling chandelier that shines upon backlit purple-and-pink glass basins, in which toes bask in hot stones and Hawaiian mud. Stacey Soble of Salon Today interviewed Rhonda when the salon was named the third runner-up in the magazine's Salon of the Year design competition. Cavner said, "The bonus wow factor is the entire styling area floor has embedded phosphorescent chips which cause the floor to glow in the dark when the lights suddenly go off!”
But the decor isn't the only thing that earned the company recognition as one of KC Magazine’s best Kansas City salons in 2012. The talented team includes hair colorists who have trained in London, Paris, and Beverly Hills, as well as skilled aestheticians, massage therapists, and nail technicians. The color experts work their magic in an elegant, modern area with see-through chairs, potted white orchids, and long strings of crystal beads that divide the space and give visiting Spider-Men an easy way to reach the ceiling.
The stylists at Ado Blowout Lounge understand that an alluring hairstyle can serve as the body’s leading source of compliments. That’s why they perform an array of blowout and styling services that yield voluminous tresses or dramatic, flirty curls that demand positive attention. With blow-dryers and eco-friendly Davines products in tow, they can design sleek, polished hairstyles or create natural waves without relying on the old-fashioned method of tossing clients into the ocean. They also sweep strands into updos for fancier occasions.
Aside from blowouts, stylists calm stressed hair with deep conditioning treatments and add shine to dulled locks with gloss treatments. Makeup applications and eyelash extensions further enhance outer beauty, and Ado’s organic airbrush-tanning services bronze exoskeletons with a solution enriched with vitamins, pure botanicals, and natural oils.