Dr. Dawn Batiz Blagg and the Loraine Shinks Rejuvenate Spa team of aestheticians believe that people are their most beautiful when they feel relaxed and pampered. To that end, they create a soothing spa atmosphere where they offer microdermabrasions, chemical peels, and massages as well as deep-cleansing facials and Botox injections. Alternately, spa-goers can relax during a luxurious face, hand, and foot massage before getting a Brazilian bikini wax and a natural-looking spray tan, or get a seaweed wrap to help reduce the look of cellulite, while reminding clients of their summer vacations to the shore.
The Spa at Pure Salon is powered by the certified skills of massage therapist Nikki Sanders and aesthetician Rachel Sauls. After earning their stripes working at high-end spas throughout the Raleigh area, the duo settled down and opened its own luxury oasis. In addition to a certification in LaStone therapy, Nikki claims expertise in an array of massage modalities, including deep-tissue techniques and prenatal massage. Rachel's multifaceted knowledge of skincare has led her to discover and employ upscale Osmosis skincare products, which enhance facial treatments with DNA repair technology. The pair conspires to reward its most loyal clients, granting discounts to regular customers or to those who guess the correct number of freckles that have visited the spa over the years.
Even after a quarter-century of professional experience in making people beautiful, makeup artist Rachelle Espindola knows there is always more to learn. These days, she supplements her skills with MAC pro classes, which add to a resume that already glitters with work experience at Bobbi Brown, Chanel, and Laura Mercier cosmetics. A certified airbrush artist and NovaLash practitioner, she not only takes classes to keep up with beauty trends but also leads them as an educator for Kett Cosmetics of New York.
At The Make-Up Studio, Rachelle dolls up guests for big occasions such as weddings and photo sessions, or for everyday wear. She also comes on location to make things more convenient for brides, large groups, or professional mascots who can't stand the leave the house bare faced.
Nancy Gargiulo has been a licensed aesthetician for more than 16 years. During that time, she worked in numerous upscale spas and even operated her own full-service day spa in South Carolina. After moving to Texas, she decided that she wanted to continue running her own business, so she founded Clear Beauty Skincare and Acne Clinic. As a certified acne specialist, Nancy specializes in helping clients clear their skin of unsightly blemishes, although she has also dedicated her career to mastering microdermabrasion procedures, chemical peels, ultrasonic and microcurrent treatments, dermaplaning, and many other anti-aging spa services. Every service begins with an in-depth consultation that determines which treatments can help clients best attain their personalized skincare goals.
Rebecca Wiener, a licensed massage therapist and teacher, worked as a chiropractic assistant for four years. That's where she mastered techniques to use on both adults and children alike, ranging from isometric exercises and passive stretches to guessing the number of courses a person took in college based on the backpack impression left in their spine. At Massage District, she integrates those skills with massage-therapy techniques that span from traditional Swedish strokes, deep tissue to gua sha, a lesser-known Eastern modality that uses the palpations of a rounded instrument to breakdown scar tissue. She also incorporates aromatherapy and both hot and cold stones to enhance the soothing effects of her treatments.