At Belleza Salon & Spa, Melanie Menendez's dedication to skincare comes from the heart. For years, she suffered from adult acne due to an undiagnosed dairy allergy. When she learns about her clients' skincare needs, her reaction is "I know how you feel. I will fix you and help you achieve your goals." Her psychology degree is then put to use as she reads each client's personality to determine what they want out of the treatment: whether a social, interactive experience or a peaceful retreat.
To gain an understanding of their holistic skin health, Melanie checks in with clients about what they're eating, the products they use at home, and whether they use shortening as sunscreen. From there, she customizes blends of organic Sanitas skincare products, a line created in Boulder, Colorado, that uses ingredients such as healing vitamin C to create lustrous complexions. While she performs the facials, clients can enjoy soothing spa or pop music and the quirky, inviting decor—some rooms include photos of Audrey Hepburn and polka-dot details, and others are covered with zebra print or bright colors.
Sometimes hair sprouts forth from less than desirable places, while other areas of the body lack the lengthy strands we long for. Miya’s Wax and Skin Care’s aim is simple: remedy these problems while simultaneously pampering clients. The staff adds length to hair with eyelash extensions and subtracts strands with full-body waxing. Much like the ghosts of ponytails past, Miya’s Wax and Skin Care can be found inside of Dolce Vita Salon.
Flawless skin, rosy cheeks, and red lips are the trademark of the vintage pin-up girl. Inspired by this classic look, the trio of licensed aestheticians at Sweet Cheeks Boutique paint faces with Jane Iredale makeup products, but without clogging pores. As they apply micro-pulverized minerals and pigments to the skin, flat overlapping particles allow pores to breathe while deflecting environmental pollutants such as exhaust fumes and jealousy. The aestheticians also buttress their makeup applications with skin-care treatments that range from gentle facials and waxing to on-site Botox injections.
At International Eyebrows, owner Hana Abebe and her staff have many ways of highlighting their clients' natural beauty. Her signature service is facial threading, in which she loops a long, cotton thread around unwanted hairs on the brows, upper lips, and hairlines. This technique offers more precision than waxing, allowing her to create a perfect brow arch. However, she tackles larger areas of the body with wax, creating smooth legs and beach-ready bikini lines in a more traditional manner. She rounds out her service menu with nourishing facials, which help improve the clarity of your skin without sleeping in a bath of mud every night.
They say spending life in the corporate world can change a person. And that’s exactly what happened to Lisa Lynn Erickson, who, after spending more than 15 years suited up in the software and financial industries, decided to combine her dream of owning her own business with her passion for healthy skin. Today at Skin Deep Denver, she blends the knowledge and experience she gained at the College of International Esthetics in Arvada with her certifications in chemical peels and microdermabrasion to brighten and balance body coverings and protect them from environmental damage. Facials for both the face and back help hydrate and exfoliate to create skin that is smooth and supple, and Image Skincare products treat aging and acne without the use of chemical preservatives or sorcery.
Susie Ardabili, a 20-year veteran aesthetician, puts the Susie in Susie Organic Skin Care and helms a team of holistic beautifiers who refashion facial surfaces with nature-friendly, chemical-free treatments. Susie’s therapeutic touch—coupled with a menu of high-end treatments—has helped her attract celebrity clientele including Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Love Hewitt. Susie and company take the time to personalize each organic treatment, from custom ginseng and vitamin K facials to man-scaping services that focus on burly strands sprouting from the nose to forming flannel patterns across the back. Clients can also stock their homes with a handful of natural retail products, such as Susan Posnick makeup.