Adhering to the spa-wide belief that natural ingredients and noninvasive treatments yield the best results in skincare, Velvet Day Spa pampers clients with a variety of services—ranging from facials to spray tanning—done with organic products. The skilled aestheticians also use their advanced industry experience to pamper clients with modern techniques and procedures including permanent-makeup applications, nonsurgical face-lifts, and microdermabrasions. Soon after opening the spa in 2007, owner Jeanette Ryan created an organic line of products called Velvet Skincare, which is counterintuitively not designed for people with textile skin.
In the afternoon, Shamsi Salon fills with sunlight from the wide windows that overlook local rooftops. The beams travel across warm wooden floorboards until they hit a tiled mosaic that decorates the front lobby. Beyond the reception desk, staffers take their time trimming, styling, and coloring hair while chatting with their regular clients. The crew also carefully prunes unwanted body fuzz or dandelions blossoms using the ancient Persian technique of threading.
Kristin Edwards represents a cosmetological double-threat: she carries certifications in both electrolysis and aesthetics. This means not only can she render skin permanently smooth and fuzz-free with her signature electrolysis treatments, but she can also unfold fine lines and dissipate dermal blemishes with anti-aging ultrasonic facials and dermaplaning treatments. Clients not ready for electrolysis can opt for Kristin's other hair-removal techniques: tried and true waxing, or sneezing so hard that your armpit hair falls off.
When Mona Borden founded Mona's Dermatherapy in 2003, she assembled a staff with diverse areas of expertise in medical-grade skin treatments and spa and beauty services. Borden learned to treat acne, acne scars, rosacea, and aging-related complaints with frozen skin stem cells at the DNA Institute in Ventura, California for cryostem cell therapy, and addresses similar skin conditions with microdermabrasion and chemical peels. As a professional permanent-makeup artist, Borden highlights natural facial features and saves Gene Simmons impersonators the trouble of reapplying grease paint before every trip to the grocery store. Mona's Dermatherapy’s medical doctors oversee Botox and Juvederm injections and Zerona body-contouring treatments, and aestheticians perform beauty services such as facials and waxes.
Laserwave Clinic harnesses advanced laser technology to combat everything from unwanted tattoos and body hair to nail fungus and yellowed teeth. Technicians target follicles during efficient, 10-to-20-minute laser hair removal sessions that can help permanently reduce unwanted growth. Tattoo-removal treatments begin with a blast from the cryofreezing machine, which numbs areas and makes cold hearts even colder before a laser sweeps in to break up epidermal debris. The team’s lasers also beam across teeth to brighten smiles and heat up nails to hinder unsightly fungus.