La Bella Vita Salon's beauty professionals are renowned for their haircare services, but continue to gain notability for their customizable spa treatments. In addition to smoothing skin with facials and waxes, aestheticians nourish it with chemical peels and microdermabrasion. The specialists relax the body with hot-stone therapy and back treatments, and highlight the natural beauty of eyes with faux mink lash extensions or permanent liner. Hardwood planks stretch across the salon floor, creating an earthy aesthetic that's enhanced by bonsai trees and occasional thunderstorms.
Tiffani Justice doles out haircuts and styling treatments inside Covet Hair Studio, a loft-like space with a salon and fashion boutique. On the salon side, lively yellow walls, marbled floors, and hanging lamps give off a stylish vibe that stylists incorporate into their hair-design services. Stone walls and muted green colors fill in the boutique side, with hats, handbags, and jewelry on display and available for purchase.
Amy Hansen isn’t your typical makeup artist. Sure, she helps define natural beauty by dressing up features, but her cosmetic enhancements won't rinse off at the end of the day. By applying pigment with a tattoo-like procedure, Amy can enhance eyes, lips, and lashes permanently, allowing her clients to reallocate time spent on morning makeup rituals to more fruitful purposes, such as enjoying a cup of coffee or scanning the newspaper for spelling errors.
Working out of the ultra-chic and appropriately-named Salon Vogue, Lindie Fuller plumps up lash lines with eyelash extensions. Using a sensitive, hypoallergenic adhesive, she attaches one extension at a time to the natural lashes, adding length and volume, and allowing customers to leave the house without putting on mascara or affixing tiny mustaches to each eye. In addition to lashes, Lindie also specializes in permanent makeup.
A teacher overwhelmed with classroom tasks and student responsibilities; a 20-something recovering from the insecurities of teenage acne—Charlie Ward has served them both. Like many who write in his patient testimonials, this pair praises the master aesthetician's professional skill and personal kindness. "Having healthy habits, including good skincare," Charlie writes on his website, "[has] helped me enjoy [life] even more." Charlie pebbles his path to healthier, more vibrant skin with services that range from the technologically advanced photofacial treatment, which uses intense pulsed light to improve sun-damaged skin, to the holistic scrub-and-rub massages, which dose backs and bodies with salt crystals from the Great Salt Lake before hot towels and lotions cleanse and refresh. He also stays up-to-date on his industry's latest trends and technologies, writing on his blog about some of the latent effects of tattoos and new breakthroughs in heat-resistant makeup that prove ideal for soldiers fighting in war zones or chefs cooking in full-body snowsuits.
As a child, Erin Kump's favorite toy was the portable foot spa she used when giving her family members pedicures. Her favorite treats were the mud masks her mother would bring home for her from the drugstore. This interest in beauty blossomed into a career, and she became an aesthetician full time.
From their nook in Salon Rain & Day Spa, awash in soothing earth tones, Erin and her staff help work toward clients' aesthetic goals with a full roster of body treatments. Shelves brim with products from Image and HydroPeptide, which can be calibrated to help clear up acne, refresh lax skin, and empower patrons to fight signs of aging without drinking from fountains that conquistadors put their mouths all over. Beneath a sign reading “In the depths of the soul, everyone deserves to feel beautiful,” slow exhalations rustle the long leaves of live bamboo plants. Aestheticians slip past, leaving the scents of peppermint M’lis wraps and seasonal treatments in their wake.