Dr. Nedra Dodds understands the power of beauty better than anyone. Before founding her own aesthetic practice, she traveled the world as a professional model. Though Dr. Dodds turned in her couture threads 18 years ago, she still works in the business of beauty as the medical director of Opulence Aesthetic Medicine. The doctor oversees a team that includes nurses, medical assistants, a master aesthetician, and a clinical aesthetician. They draw on their various fields of expertise to help clients uncover the faces, bodies, and mystical birthmarks that they’ve always dreamed of. Staff members transform exteriors with a wide range of contemporary med-spa services, from body contouring and minimally invasive liposculpture to laser acne-scar treatments. They also help boost the thickness and health of hair, adorn eyes with lash extensions, and erase spider veins or excess hair with lasers.
The technicians at La Pure Day Spa grant clients' beauty and relaxation behests by performing everything from therapeutic massages to medical-grade skincare treatments. Inside the skincare clinic, aestheticians nourish complexions with facials harvested from Éminence Organic Skin Care products. Glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acids power seven 30-minute chemical peels, which, like linemen in a hall of mirrors, each try to tackle something different, including acne, dryness, and hyperpigmentation. Massage therapy chases tension from tendons with the popular gliding strokes of the Swedish technique or the intense, clinical manipulations of the deep-tissue modality. A licensed physician fills gravity-stricken skin with Botox, Juvéderm, or Restylane injections, and makeup artists decorate faces with Jane Iredale mineral makeup so that clients don’t have to accentuate their best features by circling them with crayons.
At Kasi Spa for Men, an all-female staff helps visitors relax and freshen up with professional massages, haircuts, and hot-towel shaves. After determining clients' individual needs, licensed therapists ease muscle tension in with the appropriate techniques, such as deep-tissue pressure for clients with chronic pain or sports massage for hockey goalies' severely inflamed shins. Stylists shave stubble down to the smooth, masculine skin underneath with an invigorating medley of three hot towels, cleansing treatments, and moisturizing lotions.
Aestheticians at Challise & Company - Hair Skin Body, an Aveda salon and spa, revamp tresses and beautify complexions with botanical extracts blended into Aveda products. These cherry, pumpkin, and vanilla serums team up to cleanse pores, nourish hair, and soothe stressed muscles during negotiations to release hostage knots. A portion of all proceeds goes to local charities selected by staff members.
At Jeannette’s Beauty and Barber Shop, a staff of four licensed barbers and cosmetologists doles out cuts and other hair treatments for women, men, and children. Although the cosmetologists' specialties include altering hues with color and smoothing strands with keratin treatments, they also offer extensions, roller sets, and perms. Barbers, on the other hand, lather up clients for razor shaves and meticulously trim beards to leave men's faces looking distinguished and dapper.
When Josie founded Gossip Salon and sought to hire fellow stylists, she prized one characteristic above all else: experience. These artists—many with more than 20 years in the business behind them—consider their clients' wishes and facial features before sculpting expert haircuts and applying color in both subtle and funky designs.