At About Face by Erica, aesthetician Erica Stevenson focuses on “the art of staying young,” refreshing clients with facial treatments, makeup applications, and waxing. She also helps keep clients feeling as young as possible with comprehensive makeup-application lessons and tips on which restaurants still sell kids’ menu items to nonminors. Such services are complemented by the work of resident stylist Kelly Mitecki, who performs special-occasion services such as bridal updos.
Amid the soothing cream- and mocha-hued palette of Montage Salon, stylists wield Paul Mitchell products as they brighten locks with highlights and single-process-color services. The talented staff also customizes facials with Dermalogica products and blends conditioning treatments to best match hair type. Inside private rooms, aestheticians shape eyebrows and remove unwanted hair with wax instead of a jet-engine-powered vacuum cleaner. The staff rounds out the pampering with Gelish manicures and paraffin dips.
Having battled skin issues for much of her young adult life, Rachel Kaye decided to take matters into her own hands. After becoming a licensed cosmetologist in 2004 and receiving a degree in aesthetics in 2010, she began working with a physician at a med spa, where she gained the confidence to strike out on her own. Today, Rachel offers a simple menu of skincentric services at UBR Massage & Wellness, including custom facials, microdermabrasion treatments, and waxing.
Buffalo Airbrush Tan’s bronzing expert, Jessica Stokes, modifies skin tones with custom-blended spray tans, helping tanners to spurn the risks of sun exposure. The morning of the tan, clients exfoliate their skin before the appointment, eschew moisturizer and deodorant, and wear loose-fitting, dark clothing. Jessica custom-blends a tanning agent to the shade of each client’s choice before evenly bronzing bodies with a handheld airbrush. The exclusive Simplee Bronze tanning agent contains FDA-approved dihydroxyacetone—DHA—which reacts with amino acids in skin cells to evenly darken skin without leaving streaks or henna. The agent washes out of clothing and does not fade to orange.
Inside Extreme Sun Capsule, customers can easily get a sun-kissed glow in UV tanning beds that span multiple levels of intensity, including 15-minute magnum beds. Unlike low-pressure tanning beds, which require 10-15 visits for a base tan, high-pressure beds save time by only requiring 3-4 sessions that last approximately 12 minutes each. The 360-degree UVA high-pressure bulbs used in each bed's open design also help to decrease the risk of burn in a comfortable space. The salon offers spray tanning, too, in Mystic Tan booths that deliver a custom glow in minutes. After sessions, a cornucopia of lotions helps customers prolong the life of their tan.