As a child, aesthetician Erica Engler loved going to her grandmother’s beauty salon. She'd watch the ladies walk in looking one way and eagerly awaited seeing them leave all dolled up and ready to tackle the day. She noticed that with their physical makeover came also a mental transformation of increased confidence and relaxation, inspiring her to become a makeup artist.
Along with her team, Erica strives to make women feel more attractive and less stressed. In addition to her makeup services, she smoothes complexions with facials enhanced by Dermalogica products and hand and arm massages. Armed with Satin Smooth and NuFree wax, she swiftly removes hair from faces, arms, legs, and vestigial tails with waxing services. The massage therapists soothe aches and tension with sundry techniques including Swedish and deep-tissue massage, reflexology, and manual lymphatic drainage. With all of their services, Erica and her team aim to send clients back to their day-to-day activities feeling refreshed and more beautiful than a shimmering butterfly fluttering through a misty rainbow.
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.
Le Soleil Tanning's owner, Rachel Tanis, has been in fierce competition with the sun for four years. Since opening in 2008, she and her staff have gained the upper hand with Smart Tan certification, which gives them the tools to design safe tanning regimens for each skin type. Those hoping to avoid UV exposure step inside an automated VersaSpa spray booth, where special serums moisturize the skin with aloe vera and balance its pH before coating it in bronzer. Fresh, neatly folded hand towels sit atop Soltron and Ergoline beds radiating UV rays at three levels of intensity. The most powerful of these is a high-pressure Ergoline bed with an open, airy design that surrounds those within in UVA rays and tunes piped from its MP3-player dock. Part and parcel with creating the hallmark of health and youth, the studio offers red-light therapy that promotes collagen production for firm, smooth skin, and fights acne harder than a dermatologist with a soap-filled fire hose. The white lobby's glass shelves display nourishing lotions from Designer Skin and Swedish Beauty that aid the safe development of a rich, even color.
With nearly a decade of aesthetics-experience under her belt, Christine Alquist can solve a multitude of skin issues. Her custom facials address problems such as acne, excess oil, fine lines, and discoloration. Meanwhile, microdermabrasion and chemical treatments help erase more stubborn wrinkles and blemishes, while a full slate of waxing services helps clients unveil smooth, soft skin that's free from stubble.