How does one start a skincare business with no equipment, products, or money? Kim Evans found herself in that predicament when she started her business immediately after passing the state boards. With nothing but faith and a strong work ethic, she began tending to her clients' skin needs inside a rented room of a small spa. She worked 80 hours per week and became a licensed massage therapist to expand her business into what it is today: a wellness spa that enhances the beauty and health of skin and body through spa services and massage. Inside 2Gorjis Integrated Health & Wellness, three private treatment rooms house clients as two skin therapists cleanse surfaces during custom facials, or wrap bodies in aromatherapy herbal linens. The staff members bolster natural features with eyelash extensions, meticulous body waxing, and makeup artistry that includes exclamation points drawn next to eyebrows.
The aestheticians at iCandy Eye Salon & Academy funnel all their energy into a single task?making eyes beautiful. Permanent makeup accentuates sparse brows or lash lines, and individually applied extensions make lashes stand taller without the need for posture lessons.
Quilted stools standing before curved mirrors, plush curtains cordoning off treatment rooms, all lend an air of 1940s glam to Lashfully's eyelash salon. The lash artists ? at this highly praised salon ? work to lend their clients the same glamorous air, with lush synthetic mink eyelash extensions to enhance their eyes. Co-owner and head artist Liv Contreras trains each artist herself to artfully customize each client's lash extensions from a selection of 100 styles, differing in length, thickness, or curvature. Just like a middle school couple, natural lash and extension stay together for two to four weeks, until the native lash grows out naturally. Because of this, touchups are recommended every few weeks.
Ashley Renee put in plenty of hours both working at and managing a med spa before opening her own space. Over the course of those long days, she spent plenty of time undoing damage done by beauty products packed with artificial fillers. Now dedicated to all-natural skin-renewing treatments, the licensed aesthetician practices her “think green” philosophy at Fusion Skin & Beauty. There, Ashley turns back the effects of time with products found in all corners of the natural world. Organic dead sea minerals from 1,200 feet below sea level detoxify skin impurities, glycolic chemical peels clear acne and wrinkles, and cruelty-free soap washes out profane mouths. Ashley also smoothes over fuzzy situations, offering waxing services for the face and body.
At The Lash Studio, owner and aesthetician Julaine Moore zeroes in on one service: giving her clients supremely lush lashes. She applies eyelash extensions one by one to guests' natural lashes, using an adhesive that's strong yet safe—like a great white shark with a heart of gold. The result: long, thick, natural-looking lashes that obviate the need for mascara, saving women a step in their beauty regimens. The extensions fall out naturally when their native partners do, so a touchup appointment every few weeks will keep lashes looking plush.
Carolynn Taymuree learned to tame curls by experimenting on her own head of unruly locks. Once she mastered her own mane, she honed her skills professionally at notable institutions, including Vidal Sassoon and Tony and Guy. Now, she operates out of La Perle, drawing from a combination of Rene Furterer products and Goldwell?s color line to wrangle curls into submissive strands and infuse them with prismatic pizazz, working to accentuate the shape and style of each cut.