In 2008, a group of friends opened the first Miracle Eyebrows with a vision of introducing threading—an Indian hair-removal method in use for thousands of years—to their customers. Today, they operate shops across the United States. Their aestheticians deftly manipulate loops of cotton thread, shaping perfectly arched brows and capturing even the tiniest strands of unwanted hair. They also decorate skin with intricate henna tattoos and smooth larger expanses of skin with wax.
As an educator for Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy, Meghan Southworth knows the ins and outs of straightening hair. She showcases her re-texturing talents at Bombshell Salon, where she makes over locks with highlights and fresh cuts as well. The master stylist is also a certified Lavish Lashes eyelash extension specialist, and can expertly remove unwanted facial fuzz and lingering milk mustaches during waxing services.
As the name implies, mani-pedis take center stage at QT Nails. Nail techs pamper feet with soothing massages during deluxe pedicures and Shellac polish ensures manicures last for weeks. QT also offers various artificial options, including acrylic, diamond, and seashell and color-glitter nails. The staff members complement mani-pedis with cleansing and rejuvenating facials and eye-enhancing services, including threading, lash extensions, and eyebrow tints.
At Luminous Skin, Gina Gruber draws upon nearly two decades of experience in the skin care business, plus an arsenal of high-quality products to bring out her client's natural radiance. During facials, she employs Glo Therapeutics to soften and cleanse the skin, and when applying makeup for special occasions, she uses Glo Minerals cosmetics to highlight cheekbones without clogging pores. During spray tans, Gina also swaps harmful UV rays for a Liquid Sun organic solution, helping clients stay healthy while they ready themselves for an upcoming vacation or a stint as an Academy Award.
In the late 1920s, the Great Depression was rendering most Americans professionally and financially paralyzed. But in a small California kitchen, Merle Nethercutt Norman was putting a plan in motion to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, knowing that by getting them on as many faces as possible, she would develop a following of customers. She was right?within a few years she and her nephew were opening their first studio in Santa Monica, and they eventually unveiled a series of independently operated stores that enabled women to take ownership during a time of gender-based limitations such as men-only restrooms.
Today, in approximately 2,000 stores across three countries, the three basic principles of Merle's original vision still apply. Each studio is independently owned and fosters an in-depth knowledge of the company's own line of makeup and skincare products. Just as Merle shared her creations with close friends and sallow mannequins more than 80 years ago, today's aestheticians embody the business's ""try before you buy"" philosophy. A menu of complimentary studio services?from foundation checks to express facials?allows patrons to sample the lauded brand before committing to the purchase of products or full spa treatments.
Aesthetician Xac Williams has been an aesthetician for just over five years, but her resumé might rival those with more than twice her experience. Besides honing her skills in various resorts, Xac worked at the world-famous Bliss Spa in New Jersey before deciding to open her own skincare studio inside Expose Hair Design. There, inside an elegant, private treatment room draped in black-and-teal damask fabric, Xac shows off her expertise as she examines every nook and cranky on her client's faces in order to determine which products from the organic Skin Script line to use. To treat wrinkles, the skilled specialist plumps skin with a hydrating collagen mask, while for faces with poor tone or blemishes, she might recommend microdermbrasion or a chemical peel that utilized glycolic or salicylic acid. In addition to refining skin, Xac also offers waxing services for more than 15 body areas including the brow, back, legs, and the French bikini line, which requires a valid passport upon booking.