For eight years, Laura Brewster worked for a meditation company as a life coach, helping people find balance in their hectic everyday lives. Though the work was rewarding, the coaching took place over the phone, and Laura soon began craving one-on-one interaction. She finally quit the job she loved, earned her aesthetician certificate, and opened Glamformation-The Beauty Studio?a tranquil salon that specializes in waxing and Laura's time-tested life-coaching services. The specialist calls on her beauty-school experience to wax almost every bodily zone on both men and women. Through a process she has dubbed Emotional Transformation, Laura aims to build her clients' self-confidence through a series of positive and constructive conversations in a safe, nonjudgmental environment.
Marina Volod has been a clinical aesthetician for more than 20 years. During that time, she’s designed her own facial treatments, developed an acne-maintenance program, and started Avitalin, a company that sells its own line of natural skincare products. In 2000, she opened DermaEsthetica, a skin and body studio that takes a scientific approach to beauty. Armed with ultrasonic, cold laser, and phototherapy technology, Marina and her staff fight aging without bribing Father Time with bagel vouchers.
At Volero Hair Salon, a certified Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, artistic director Victor Hugo and his team of stylists utilize their experience to keep locks healthy, lustrous, and vibrant. Surrender tangled tresses to a hair hero, who will unsheathe well-oiled scissor fingers and transform ill-mannered mop-tops into polite coiffures during a doting haircut. Then blondes can bring out their inner brunettes, and brunettes can bring out their inner Indigo Girls with a full coloring, which transforms lackluster locks with natural-looking pigment. While stylists clip and color, patrons can feed eyes on surrounding works from guest artists, or on their own reflections in the handcrafted mirrors.
Treatments designed to smooth skin and reduce wrinkles may rely on the power of hyaluronic acid. Learn some of its secrets with Groupon's guide.
If your joints don’t creak and your eyeballs don’t squish around in their sockets, you have hyaluronic acid to thank. It’s a gel-like substance that lubricates and gives shape to several key components of the body, and with the help of dermatologists and chemists, it becomes even more versatile. Injected in the form of dermal fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane, it can soften fine lines and replace lost volume in skin, creating a more youthful appearance that can last up to a year. Because it’s already found naturally in the body, it doesn't irritate surrounding tissues when injected. (And humans aren’t the only creatures who rely on the substance—before chemists learned to synthesize it, it used to be extracted from rooster combs.)
Hyaluronic acid also appears in many moisturizers and anti-aging creams, but unlike dermal fillers, these won't have much impact on wrinkles. "When you use hyaluronic acid topically, it doesn't penetrate the skin," says Dr. Debra Jaliman, author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist. "It only acts as a moisturizer." But that effect shouldn’t be underestimated. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, meaning that it draws in water from the air and holds it against the epidermis, hydrating the skin without clogging pores like some lotions and mud pits can. "Patients who are acne-prone really like this, as it is noncomedogenic," Dr. Jaliman adds. "It is also useful for patients who have eczema or rosacea, as it is not irritating."
While its effects on the skin are well known, some believe that ingesting hyaluronic acid could also be beneficial. In 2000, ABC’s 20/20 popularized the hypothesis that a diet high in starchy vegetables that boost hyaluronic-acid production was responsible for the unusually smooth skin of elderly people in the Japanese village of Yuzuri Hara, where many residents live to be over 90.
Licensed aesthetician Anne Chen combines her personal and professional insights about skincare to help her clients achieve youthful, dewy, and clear skin. She is joined by aesthetician Shawna Esparza, a member of the Association of Skin Care Professionals who is passionate about being the best in her profession?having taken additional courses in massage techniques, make-up application, skin analysis and nutrition. Their customized skin analysis and consultations, coupled with anti-aging or anti-acne facial treatments renew skin with tailored moisturizing serums and masks. Along with facials, Skinology also offers lavender herbal body wraps, which reduce inches while tightening the skin.
At Bella Bella Wellness, located inside Glamormation, stylist Cindy Chastain uses lash extensions, brow waxes, and tinting services to make eyes stand out. Her tinting services highlight brows' arches and allow clients' lashes to revel in mascara-less freedom. For those seeking high drama, Cindy's eyelash extensions add length and volume to lashes, perfect for shaming llamas on your next trip to South America.