If eyes are the windows to the soul, then aesthetician Amber Gladden is a master curtain designer. As a Dermalogica skincare expert, she thrives at tending to pores, but her favorite facial feature is a lush crop of eyelashes. That's why she founded Bloom Lash Boutique, a beauty shop dedicated to lash enhancement. Here, she can tint them, curl them, or make them extra long, like the train of a dachshund's wedding gown. Her specialty is Xtreme Lashes, semipermanent extensions that give natural lashes a thick, full look. While the client kicks back in a reclining chair, Amber attaches each strand to a single lash, about 1 millimeter from the eyelid. Though this process can last up to two hours, it prevents clumping and promotes fluttering. Each eye receives 60–120 extensions, which require a touchup every two to three weeks.
Four of Fuze Salon's stylists have more than a decade of experience, and Artistic Director Chip Perry has spent more than two decades in the business. Perry spent time as a national performing artist for Redken and specialized in teaching corrective color at the Redken Exchange, so it’s no surprise the salon uses ammonia-free Redken Chromatics dye as its go-to. Like Fievel Mousekewitz, his journey to happiness began with petty theft. His online biography describes how he would commandeer his neighbors' dolls as a child and "spend hours trying to twist the two inches of fiber into different shapes.” Now, he styles brides and men's cuts with equal dexterity, and keeps his hands busy raising two dogs, contributing to the boards of two charitable organizations, and rallying the community around philanthropic drives and walks.
The staff at Elite Laser Care aren't one-trick ponies. Dr. Maureen Whelihan is not only a certified laser expert but also a board-certified gynecologist; her sister and colleague, Gina Whelihan, is a certified medical electrologist with special trianing in laser facial treatments and vein removal. Together, they have provided laser treatments at Elite Laser Care for more than 14 years. They rely on lasers to remove clients' unwanted body hair, pigmented lesions, and spider veins; the staff also uses the high-tech equipment to rejuvenate facial skin.
At Plush Salon, Mira, a licensed aesthetician who has made appearances on the Charlotte Today show and trained in New York and Boston, works with clients to shape and color brows and lashes. Staying true to its name, Plush Salon’s elegant interior features dangling chandeliers, cozy and modern furniture, and zero hair-eating hammerhead sharks. Mira applies makeup and waxes brows, putting to use her extensive training gained at Ulta, Nordstrom, and other high-end establishments.
Idolize Brows & Beauty's threading experts shape and manage facial hair without chemicals or blades. Their gentle threading treatments precisely shape eyebrows or completely banish hair from the chin, sideburns, cheeks, or neck. Beyond their string-centered services, the aestheticians also offer eyelash extensions in three different lengths.
Inside the private treatment rooms of Miss Brow (A Spa Studio), four trained technicians help clients achieve a neat, groomed appearance with a variety of skin-refining and waxing treatments. Their services span from the tips of extended eyelashes to the newly smooth expanses of waxed legs, ensuring that clients are ready for trips to the beach or the Mata Hari school of seductive espionage. The salon's staple is depilation treatments, with staff trained in both waxing and threading to offer the precision and coverage desired. The shop further accentuates a connection to ancient Eastern beauty techniques with henna applications, which can adorn the hands of brides-to-be or the faces of friends who have fallen asleep in the cozy waiting room.:m]]