?Give me 45 minutes and I will take off 15 years,? says Midwest Medical Aesthetics' president Kathleen Stegman on the company's website. As a registered nurse with a quarter-century of experience in the beauty industry, she has the knowledge to do just that. Stegman's expertise lies in beauty injections such as Botox and Dysport, which she's been using to tighten faces for more than 17 years. Along with her team of associated physicians, she also harnesses the power of laser energy to help clients remove unwanted hair, shed fat, and erase tattoos of ex-lovers' favorite species of fungus.
Like any passionate artist, Shannon practices her craft in all areas of life. When she's not at home painting or creating handmade jewelry, she mans a styling station at Jhon Josephson Salon. Here, she draws from fifteen years of experience styling for both men and women, cutting and coloring their hair, and smoothing visages with facial waxing. Besides being trained with Framesi, TIGI, Joico, and Redken, she also beautifies guests with professional products from Aquage, CHI, and Enjoy—all of which currently line the salon’s shelves. Shannon seldom double-books appointments, allowing her to pay careful attention to the looks of each patron during highlighting sessions or games of peekaboo.
Tangerine Skin’s aestheticians aim to prevent skin irritations before they become bothersome. They slather Image Skincare products over faces, keeping acne at bay, unclogging pores, and mopping up excess oil. In all, the staff renders 10 skin treatments and 8 facials. The staff also expertly twists a piece of cotton thread over brows, removing unwanted hairs for that coveted look of a McDonald’s arch. When a single thread won’t do, they evict fuzzy patches on upper lips and legs with warm wax.
Deluxe Hair & Boutique’s barbers, stylists, aestheticians, and nail technicians have clients covered from head to toe in the beauty department. They color hair and keep it smooth with the help of Schwarzkopf, Keratin Complex, and Moroccanoil products. In the mani-pedi section, a technician paints fingernails and toenails using bottles of brightly colored polish. The aesthetician takes care of skin, rehydrating faces and waxing everything from legs to wings.
Whenever her kids' bangs began to fall into their eyes, Paula Thurman couldn't help but feel a twinge of anxiety. She knew a trip to the hairdresser was in store, which meant an hour of squirming, whining, and complaining about itchy bits of fallen hair. But it was on one such trip that inspiration struck. As Paula told reporters from the Kansas City Business Journal, ?as soon as I walked [into the salon], a fire went off in me, and I knew it. I saw it and thought, ?I can do this.?? Although she had no experience running a salon or business, Paula had plenty experience keeping kids happy. She decided to combine that with keen motherly intuition and lessons learned from a few business classes to design a special salon for energetic youngsters?Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids was born.
Today, Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids has sprouted locations across Kansas, Missouri, and into New Mexico. Amid the salons' mad splashes of color, cheerful stylists snip up new styles and arrange locks into playful pigtails and beehives that are perfectly sized to hide uneaten vegetables. While they work, their young clients sit in chairs shaped like race cars, watching movies or playing video games. As kids are getting cuts, moms can shop for a toy, bow, or bottle of root-beer-scented shampoo for their wee ones in the onsite boutique.
At Beautiful Reflections by Barbara, Barbara boasts licensure in aesthetic services that include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and eyelash extensions. But the service that really sets her apart from her aesthetic contemporaries is her skill with waxing.
Dedicating her craft to discovering the golden bullet of "painless" waxes, Barbara undertakes gentle strand-removal procedures with high-quality waxes and techniques carefully chosen over years of experience. But her specialty is Brazilian waxes, a skill that has earned her the nickname "Barbara Brazilian" by her clientele. In addition to clearing away unwanted bikini fuzz, she decorates newly smooth skin with vajazzle services, adorning down-unders with more flair than a rainbow saddle.