While getting her Master's Degree in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Donna Tatum developed her own attitude and approach to skincare, herbal medicine, and essential oils. From her experience, she's seen that skin and health are often a reflection of one's diet, stress levels, negative emotions, and proximity to a volcano. As a result, she uses a holistic approach when administering her treatments. In addition to traditional and cosmetic acupuncture, she also provides all-natural facials that use local and organic ingredients in addition to antioxidant herbs. During the course of every visit, she also dispenses advice to her clients about natural ways in which they can eat better, care for their bodies, and promote self-healing in their to day-to-day lives.
The Swanson Center??helmed by Dr. Eric Swanson, a certified plastic surgeon??is home to advanced technology, products from coveted brands, and, perhaps most importantly, trained and experienced staff members. Here, Aesthetician Nicki helps her clients take advantage of the clinic's resources by brightening faces with services such as MegaPeel microdermabrasions treatments and laser skin resurfacing, which Dr. Swanson incorporates into his facelift surgeries. In addition to tummy tucks and breast lifts, the staff offers less-invasive services, including Botox injections and laser hair removal. But Dr. Swanson doesn?t just help the patients who enter his office. With an eye toward benevolence, he has also participated in reconstructive surgeries to help children.
Even as a 4-year-old growing up in Honolulu, Vee Osborne was drawn to Hawaiian shamanism and the Huna philosophy, which stresses the balance of the mind, body, and spirit through one?s actions. Her early passion for healing others led her down the path to becoming a hypnotherapist, reiki master, and ordained minister before she funneled her devotion to creating harmony and guiding others toward wellness into Plaza West Massage & Day Spa. Here, clouds of gentle music and the scent of essential oils greet her guests, who slip into robes and sip wine as they unwind. And Vee?s Hawaiian roots remain readily apparent, inspiring the spa?s potted palms, bamboo massages, pi?a-colada scrubs, and wall-sized pictures that bring Pacific beaches to Kansas.
Vee?s healing services go beyond relaxation, though. Her team of massage therapists kneads aching muscles with Swedish, trigger-point, and deep-tissue modalities, deepening their knot-fighting effect with volcanic stones and essential oils. After a body wrap with Dead Sea salts or a glycolic peel, guests can visit the two-tiered sauna or extend their rejuvenation with an energy-balancing reiki session. The spa also delves into treatments that rely on electronic frequencies, such as a tri-phasic resonator, which fights cellulite, or quantum electro-ionization, which aims to diminish blemishes rather than cover them up with white-out. Before heading home, clients can pick up body and facial products from Vee?s eponymous line, such as Island Essence hair products, complete with tropical scents.
If anything, Skyline Downtown Salon is true to its name: housed in a renovated loft furnished with rustic wooden booths, the fourth-floor studio overlooks Kansas City's vista of industrial buildings and towers. While clients enjoy the view, stylists and aestheticians transform their hair, soothe façades with custom peels, and leave skin as smooth as laminated silk drapes with waxing treatments. Reflecting the attention to style of its location in the Crossroads Art District, Skyline Downtown Salon also offers haircare products from such companies as Oribe, Moroccanoil, and Bumble and bumble.
Hilary Farrell specializes in everything from natural, everyday looks to high fashion beauty. Her work has been featured on the cover of Ink Magazine, the homepage for Southwest Airlines, and in a variety of local photo and video shoots.
The hospitable staff at both of Venetian Tan's locations shepherd visitors to private rooms, where they can darken their complexions with a variety of sunless-tanning methods or slim down their physiques with infrared body wraps. Venetian's collection of Ergoline tanning beds simulates sun kisses with four levels of intensity during 12- to 15-minute sessions, and their airbrush technicians evenly embellish hides with a spray-tan solution that bronzes bodies without UV rays or melted third-place medals. An inventory of take-home tanning lotions and epidermal elixirs from brands such as Designer Skin and California Tan prolongs skin's newfound radiance following tanning sessions.