Kari Stoppenbach spent 16 years honing her craft as an aesthetic technician, working alongside cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists while developing her own organic skincare line. These experiences inspired her to open her own spa, where she performs cutting-edge medical-grade procedures, including ultrasound therapy and custom chemical peels designed to remove acne scars or sun spots and leave skin with a firm, more youthful look.
After years of witnessing and performing countless cosmetic procedures, Kari noticed that the limited number of postoperative concealers frustrated her patients. She kept these frustrations in mind when she designed her Skin-Kari line of skincare products made from organic ingredients. The products help skin heal after a med-spa treatment by shielding it against UV rays from the sun and exposed lightsabers, hiding any signs of redness while employing zinc to promote natural healing.
Acaj Salon's collection of talented stylists stay up-to-date on the latest fashion and styling trends by sharpening their skills in quarterly continuing-education courses. Their commitment to learning manifests itself in flattering layers, bold highlights, and classic colors. Acaj is a departmentalized salon, which means people who specialize in giving haircuts give haircuts, people who specialize in color do color, and people who specialize in straightening straighten clients' ties as they get their hair cut. As the proverbial cherry on top, Acaj's staff provides a complimentary moisturizing conditioner treatment with each and every service.
Victoria Danico has accumulated a litany of cosmetic skills. She's certified in microdermabrasion, lymphatic drainage, chemical peels, microneedling and microcurrent, and body wrapping, using her powers for good as the head of Victoria's Salon Secret. In addition to overseeing advanced skincare treatments and subduing supervillains with detoxifying wraps, Danico and her team eliminate fuzz with waxing, confer sun-kissed hues with bronzing, and tend to craniums with haircut and color services.
Led by a certified massage therapist and aesthetician, Kamour Spa invigorates weary skin and tension-plagued muscles with facial and massage services. Clinicians apply pharmaceutical grade products over the face to loosen wind-worn layers of skin before gently whisking them away with light exfoliation and a nearby helipad. Skincare salves hydrate healthy pores and stimulate cellular turnover while the newly revealed tissues beneath exhibit diminished signs of sun damage and lines formed in the shape of your age. Clients also enjoy a 20-minute torso-unwinding massage of the upper chest, neck, shoulder, arms, and hands under the tender touch of a therapist. Upon completion of services, complimentary posttreatment healing products offer a week's worth of additional daily care and emit face-inspired lullabies.
A visit to the Maitland makeup studio ensures you'll be glowing like that smug neighborhood glowworm for your next date or meeting with the Minister of Defense. Opt for a full makeup application ($65–$85) and experience the beauty-boosting effects of the KROMA product line, created by owner and celebrity makeup artist Lee Tillett from all-natural ingredients and featured at swanky soirees such as the 2009 Academy Awards and the 2009 Emmys. Or, if wild and woolly brows are obstructing your view of downtown high-rises and low-flying helicopters, opt for an expert brow shaping ($45–$55) to make your best features pop. The friendly brow wranglers rein in unruly and rebellious eye awnings and shape arches to complement your specific eye and bone structure.
When Michelle J. Alley decided to expand her career in massage to include holistic therapies such as acupuncture and Oriental medicine, she didn't just enroll in a local school. She hopped on a plane to Tokyo, where she studied Toyo Hari—a specialized form of acupuncture—under 40 of its senior practitioners. Back in America, she now serves as a member of the Toyo Hari Association's North American contingent.
At her wellness clinic, Altamonte Acupuncture, Michelle administers a vast range of services that integrates both massage and acupuncture. Other treatments include gua sha cupping therapy and reflexology, which, like acupuncture, are focused on improving whole-body function by boosting circulation and clearing stagnant energy. Because her services can ease the symptoms of a wide variety of ailments, loyal clients include everyone from athletes with chronic soreness to war veterans with injury-related pain.
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