Clique Waxing Boutique focuses almost exclusively on body waxing. The boutique's aestheticians perform several hundred Brazilian waxes each week—some completed in as little as 15 minutes—with either traditional strip wax or sensitive hard wax. For especially delicate areas, a dollop of Relax & Wax No Scream Cream dulls pain sensors and subdues hairs before they weave themselves into an organized protest. New clients are encouraged to review Clique's waxing etiquette.
On faces, the boutique's crew uproots fringe via traditional Indian threading techniques or the Anastasia brow-shaping system from Los Angeles, which includes a series of measurements that help technicians taper brows to the most face-flattering shapes, such as circles or lightning bolts.
The studio's Bohemian-style décor—with vintage furnishings, framed art, a chandelier, and ornately framed mirrors—carries over into a retail space, where guests can peruse products including paraben-free makeup and lavender-mint Dead Sea–salt scrubs from gloMinerals.
Licensed massage therapists, rehab therapists, and certified Kinesio Taping practitioner Lane Alexander — lauded in Advance Healing —entered the world of therapeutic massage after suffering from the aches and pains of his former job as a commercial contractor. More than 600 hours of training later and with certification from the Kinesio Taping Association, he now helps his clients incorporate massage as an integral part of making sure bodies and minds function properly and handle stress healthfully. Specializing in athlete care including athletic-performance-focused and injury-treatment-geared massages, he works to treat injuries and maximize biomechanical function with assessments and bodywork treatments. The center's certified license massage therapist, Dena also relaxes tense sinews with Swedish and sports massages and offers deeper relaxation through her specialties such as deep tissue and trigger point massage therapies.
Lashes Plus began as a humble yet popular kiosk nestled in the center of Mall St. Matthews and has since blossomed into a full-size sanctuary devoted to ocular allure. Owner Deborah Williams is an experienced permanent-makeup artist, using her skills to create custom-blended pigments for the brows, eyes, and lips to simplify home beauty routines and leave faces feeling fresh any time of day. After reading a Wall Street Journal article about the growing popularity of eyelash extensions and noting an increase in the number of news anchors being replace by giraffes, Williams decided to extend her expertise beyond the lash line, introducing the Louisville community to natural-looking, synthetic lashes that last up to two months. The weightless, waterproof falsies are attached one-by-one using a surgical-grade adhesive, allowing for a precise application that takes just 50 minutes.
Owner Angie Briggs may be a native to Louisville, but her products come from some of the world’s most trusted producers. In that vein, the aesthetician of more than 16 years not only shares her passion and knowledge for skincare, she also aims to “expose [her] customers to the most innovative skin care lines in the spa industry.” She does this during facial treatments that hydrate and lift and during detoxifying body wraps that restore elasticity and quell off-season yearnings to wrap Christmas presents. Her innovative treatments include ultrasonic peeling and microcurrent treatments and brightening services that use crushed pearl powder to delay the aging process. She is also able to calm and refine skin through various masks including a hydrating oxygen mask, a lifting bi-phasic mask, and a nourishing vitamin-C mask with aloe and calming licorice extract.
When considering what to bring to a desert island, one might consider a snowmobile, a milk steamer, and one of Elite Massage Therapy's therapists. The outfit's two locations dispense different methods of relief—from his station downtown, Jacob Kilbride specializes in sports-performance massage, supplemented by the rehabilitative Kinesio Taping Method and a Chinese scar-tissue mediation technique called gua sha. His journey began at Spencerian School of Massage, where he mastered anatomy and the fundamental techniques of Swedish, deep-tissue, and other modalities. Elite Massage Therapy's therapists complement therapeutic healing with sensory indulgence by keeping aromatherapy oils and hot stones on hand to dip into vats of molten chocolate.
When Align Total Wellness opened in 2013, it marked the final revolution in owner Tronda Graham's career. Graham, who had always wanted to be a massage therapist but worked in finance—which has a strict no-massaging-other-people policy—decided to enroll in massage-therapy classes at Southwestern College in 2008. There, she developed a passion for oncology massage therapy. That passion continues today at her massage studio, where she specializes in bodywork and wellness services for women who have undergone or are currently undergoing cancer treatments. Her menu of services also includes restorative hand and foot treatments; cleansing back scrubs; and invigorating treatments for the face and scalp.