Lisa Clinkscale Porter wrote the book on making women look and feel sexy. This isn't a metaphor?she literally wrote a book about it. With two more beauty-centric manuals and a certification in face-lift massage to her name, Lisa tailors an exclusive set of services to each client at Unique Face Options, Inc., a corrective-skincare boutique she co-owns with her husband, Byron. Since 1996, the boutique has helped clients maintain healthy skin through a collection of facials that swaddle skin in clinical products from Obagi, Jan Marini Skin Research, and Unique Face Options? own signature line.
Along with improving the quality of skin with customized facials, the boutique enhances other features with LED facial treatments that can reduce acne, even out the complexion, and increase collagen. Laser treatments address beauty concerns ranging from removing unwanted hair to spider veins.
At Alisha’s Salon & Spa, a team of stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists attend to clients’ every beauty whim. Organic ingredients clarify the skin in more than 10 types of facials, each designed for specific concerns such as acne and fine lines. Using herbal oil and therapeutic strokes, massage therapists diffuse stress and beeping smoke detectors hidden within the body. Henna can be applied during salon services to nourish and color strands, or drawn on hands for intricate body art that lasts two to four weeks.
The knowledgeable staff at Premiére Essence MedSpa revitalizes visages with chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments, restoring coveted shine and softness. Customers can opt for the chemical peel for an even, controlled removal of dead skin that reveals fresh new features. The skin-refreshing session aids in the reduction of sun damage, fine lines, acne, and scarring, and offers customizable levels that cater to desired results. Clients can also enliven epidermises with the nonprocedural microdermabrasion treatment, which avoids using abrasive substances such as crystals or pulverized soccer trophies. Each customizable session removes excess dead skin cells and treats uneven skin texture, wrinkles, and fine lines with vacuum pressure, bristles, and a touch that’s as tender as a marinated steak.
Brands Used: Onesta
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Master stylist Jessica Dunn keeps up with the latest haircare trends through her Onesta continuing-education classes. She uses the organic, eco-friendly, and PETA-approved haircare brand while styling hair at 97 Main Salon, where she also creates low-maintenance layered 'dos by wet-cutting hair and imbuing locks with multi-dimensional color.
Her fellow beauty experts tend to hair as well, removing unwanted strands on the body through waxing or electrolysis, both of which are performed in a private room in the salon.
In a world where much our contact comes from social media, it's easy to see why licensed massage therapist Erika Cabrera believes that many people suffer from a lack of the healing power of touch. For her work at Hand to Heart Massage, she has designed her own technique that both soothes tension and triggers relaxation without putting seashells to clients' ears. Instead of using the predictable routine that some therapists perform for every client, Erika creates her own treatments by drawing from trigger-point, deep-tissue, and Swedish modalities?depending on the client's need?and even calling in the help of hot stones and steam towels.
Charmagne Grant, master stylist and owner of Salon Envy, comes to Atlanta by way of Kingston, Jamaica and the Big Apple. She brings nearly two decades of beauty industry experience to her salon, where she oversees a team of fellow stylists and massage therapists. This crew specializes in cuts, colors, and glamorous styles, and are equally adept at working with both natural hair and weave extensions. Click here to view their style gallery, which features bold wedding updos and stunning red-carpet downdos.