Despite their workplace's name, the staff at Freedom Laser Hair Removal have more than one beauty trick up their sleeves. Of course, they use laser light to damage hair follicles so that legs, arms, upper lips, and backs stay smoother than a newborn bowling ball. But they also use lasers to tighten facial skin, diminish the size of pores, and reduce the appearance of spider veins.
The desire to make people feel beautiful is in Kandice Lau’s blood. Born and raised on Oahu’s North Shore, the licensed cosmetologist is a fourth-generation hairstylist whose passion for beautification has translated into an enduring career. After spending years honing her prowess as a stylist in Las Vegas, at the 2003 Mrs. Hawaii pageant, and in her sister’s salon, Kandice fulfilled her dream of owning her own business the day she opened North Shore Salon & Spa in 2008.
Within North Shore’s pastel-hued walls, a crew of skilled stylists helms their stations as they sculpt strands via chic hair services, and aestheticians coax paws into vibrantly hued pedicure basins for relaxing nail services. Eschewing beauty products that contain irritating detergents, perfumes, and fishy tastes, the team prides itself on handcrafting all of the scrubs and massage oils used in their spa treatments. Throughout the day, patrons can be spotted sipping complimentary hot tea and refreshing cucumber water as the team waxes, bronzes, and polishes their bodies into resplendent states. Along with pampering treatments, the salon and spa houses a boutique that enables patrons to scoop up fashionable clothing and accessories pre- or postappointment.
For Naturally Hands and Spa, beauty doesn’t mean sacrificing the health and appearance of natural features. That’s why the spa invented its own antibacterial eyelash-extension system and performs antibacterial, organic Calgel manicures, earning a Best of Beauty award from Allure magazine. The soak-off Calgel system doesn’t interfere with nail-bed metabolism, so it can actually help strengthen nails while adding a splash of color to high-fives and pledges of allegiance. Calgel's ability to bond on natural nails without using harsh chemicals or primers has helped popularize the service in Europe, and Naturally Hands and Spa is an authorized importer of the products.
Gentle music breezes past the salmon walls at Sophisticated Facial & Nail Spa, where black, leather massage chairs rest on natural-wood floors. Nail technicians with a keen eye for artistry paint fingernails with such specialty designs as zebra print, flowers, butterflies, and near-perfect replicas of toenails. Dermalogica products nourish visages during a half-dozen different 90-minute facials, which range from an oil-and-acne treatment that uses high-frequency currents to kill bacteria to an anti-aging facial powered by hydroxyl-acid exfoliation. Private treatment rooms also host waxing procedures that leave skin smooth and hairless for longer than razors, tweezers, or stern lectures do.
Situated inside the Outrigger Luana Waikiki Hotel, the sleek contemporary interior of Ville De Coco envelops visitors in a tranquil environment while staff members administer customized pampering services. You can get a traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage in a private room, or climb into a pillow-lined pedicure chair to soak your feet in warm tubs filled with aromatic salts.