Hair Ink stylist Aura Andrew uses quality salon products and multistep services to imbue lackluster locks with vitality. Aura begins with a deep-conditioning hair-repair treatment, employing professional Joico K-PAK hair love potions to rekindle romance with newly shimmering manes. The treatment obliterates toxins and the build up of residue from lesser products, then apprentices hair in the art of pH and porosity balance. Keratin proteins reconstruct shabby strands more effectively than gluing them back together, and moisture recovery seals in hair's color and lusciousness. The pair of treatments usually takes a 1.5–2 hours, depending on the hair's length, thickness, and chattiness. Aura also invites hair wearers to divulge their deepest color-based desires. Clients can choose to selectively illumine hair with partial highlights or dye every last head fiber with a single-application color.
You won't find framed mock-ups of stock tattoos hanging from the walls at Heart and Soul Tattoo. That's because the studio's four artists customize every single piece of ink they create. Whether you're in the market for a realistically rendered portrait or a name drawn in elegant script, your appointment will begin with a free consultation that helps the artist chart a path forward. And the appointment doesn't just end with the last line of ink. Customers always receive post-care instructions, as well as a card that details how to clean the tattoo and what to do if it starts moving on its own accord.
Time may be short before Doug Stevens's next client, but he can always find a moment to talk shop. "I love helping people," he declares. "Helping people look better, feel better. That's the most satisfying thing." Doug has been a nationally certified massage therapist and aesthetician for 15 years, specializing in a process he devised to reduce the appearance of cellulite while relaxing the whole body. The technique combines an endovibratory device oscillating at 35 times per second with ultrasonic heat and his signature bodywork methods. "After the cellulite treatment, the skin is firmer, the appearance smoother," he explains. "People generally really like it, so they'll rebook."
Before receiving certification in Las Vegas in 1997, Doug was in the construction business as a general contractor. But it wasn't giving him what he wanted. "I was looking for a profession that was less stressful, where I could help people. I wanted to be more hands on. And my friends always came to me for massages, so I decided to go into that." Over time, he's added other treatments designed to improve the mood while boosting beauty, such as a photon antiwrinkle light therapy.
Doug describes his studio as very relaxing, with low light and smooth music. Though the ambiance has an undeniable pulse-slowing effect, it's the treatments' results that he credits for his return business. "Some of my clients have been coming every week for six years," he says. "Only the wealthy can usually afford treatments like these. That's not the case here. I want people to focus on how good they're going to feel."
At Cloud Nine Therapeutics, LLC, guests can relax as they receive top-notch cosmetic treatments in an environment that maximizes comfort. Treatment tables with memory foam padding and 600-thread-count linens provide a pillowy perch as clients receive hot-stone massage or a Twinkle Toe salt scrub from Stephanie O'Connell, who's licensed and certified in a number of aesthetic and wellness treatments including massage therapy and microcurrent physiology. Cloud Nine's services also include a body-sculpting therapy that harnesses microcurrents designed to stimulate weight loss and contour bodies. The increased cellular metabolism may last up to 72 hours, helping clients feel energized and refreshed. A series of treatments is recommended for best results, since treatments are cumulative.
North Star Body Bar’s aesthetically driven specialists embellish epidermal expanses with a menu of services that darken, smooth, and soothe skin. During slimming body wraps, an aesthetician performs dry-brush exfoliation with a cheerful sea anemone, before swaddling physiques in algae, seaweed, mud, or clay to firm the skin and oust toxins. Endermologie treatments rely on rollers and suction devices to undo dimples throughout the body, and red-light therapy improves skin tone and eases aches. Beach House Tanning, North Star's body-bronzing area, houses a variety of tanning beds that help bodies produce more vitamin D. Tanners eschewing UV rays can yield their pelts to a sunless spray tan that imbues skin in golden hues without needing a chest bump from King Midas.
The teeth-whitening technicians at Smile White Now Teeth Whitening Salon bring bling to biters with in-salon and take-home whitening services. Devoted to safe, effective treatments, the salon formulates their carbamide-peroxide gel from ingredients made in the United States, eschewing the potentially hazardous ingredients imported from Krypton. Amid the salon's salmon and cerulean walls, iBrite chair-side LED lamps, activate the gel to whiten teeth up to five shades. Brightened smiles can last up to a year, depending on age and lifestyle choices, such as drinking coffee or chewing coals.