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.
When you walk into thirteen, you'll be whisked away to a hair fantasyland. A highly trained hair stylist will help you figure out the best cut ($35 and up) for your face and personal style. If you already know what you're looking for, the stunning staff of stylists can take your vision and transform it beyond expectations. A single-process color is $36 and up, while partial highlights for dull head threads start at $60. Narrow down the focus to ocular hair with eyelash extensions ($125–$350), or wax away unwanted peach fuzz beneath an arched brow ($20–$25), on the stiff upper lip and trembling chin ($29), or from the bikini line ($30). Save today's Groupon for the largest day and use it for bridal makeup, which costs $225 for the bride and $85 for each doting handmaiden. This Groupon is also valid toward specials, such as half-price Friday facials, which occur once a month, enabling visitors to fully indulge in a European facial (regularly priced $95) or firming facial (regularly priced $165) for half-off.
The hour-long clinical facial begins when the skilled aesthetician evaluates your skin's specific needs, asks your skin its likes and dislikes, and then sets up a personalized comprehensive treatment schedule. The vanguard of the head then receives more attention than a toddler taking her first steps on the back of a flaming bear. Your aesthetician will exfoliate rough areas, moisturize, perform extractions on deeply clogged pores, and apply an antibacterial treatment to the skin to keep your appearance shining and blemish-free. Alka's facials are also soothing, relaxing skincare experiences, complete with tranquilizing face and décolleté massages. The clinical facial ends with a customized mask, locking in the rejuvenating effects for both body and mind.
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.