After graduating from the Duke University School of Medicine in 2004, Dr. Ana Benitez-Graham stayed inside the Triangle, completing her dermatology residency at the University of North Carolina. She is now a member of the North Carolina Medical Society and the American Society for Dermatological Surgery and a fellow with the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Benitez-Graham leads the staff at Central Carolina Skin & Dermatology on missions to streamline skin surfaces with laser services and conventional dermatology. Depending on symptoms and triggers, they can customize treatment plans to eradicate maladies such as eczema, acne, and psoriasis and to treat certain forms of skin cancer. Dr. Benitez-Graham also performs cosmetic procedures ranging from facial peels and spider-vein treatments to microdermabrasion, cosmetic injectables, and laser hair removal. The center stocks only professional products from brands such as Jane Iredale, Clarisonic, and SkinCeuticals, which are more effective than covering up skin problems with sale-price costume masks.
The personnel at Style Brows threading studio often found themselves disappointed with hair-removal methods such as waxing and tweezing, which can be ineffective and painful. They decided to focus their efforts on a lesser-known but more effective technique: threading. Using 100% cotton threads, they remove entire rows of hair, creating a more precise shape for eyebrows, sideburns, and milk mustaches, which are notoriously hard to trim. Working out of a minimalist kiosk inside University Mall, Style Brows’ threading specialists make it easy for shoppers to enhance their expressions on the go and often receive praise for both their threading skills and their amicable personalities.
Since 1988, clients have visited Flawless Day Spa for custom skincare treatments that utilize a Hungarian product line made with organic fruits, herbs, and spices. Inside recently renovated treatment rooms, highly trained aestheticians rejuvenate faces with services ranging from facials to chemical peels to lash- and brow-tinting. Guests also relax atop cloth-garbed treatment tables during massages, which can run up to 120 minutes and incorporate techniques from modalities including aromatherapy, Thai yoga stretching, and acupressure.
At Aria Skin and Laser Spa in Chapel Hill and Somalase in Sanford, Medical Director Dr. Ajay Ajmani oversees a team of tech-savvy aestheticians who beautify and protect the epidermis with facials, laser treatments, and massages. During microdermabrasions, a skilled technician employs a diamond tip to control the seven seas and exfoliate the upper strata of damaged skin, revealing a youthful acreage of epidermis. Laser treatments for pigmentation correction, hair removal, and skin tightening enlist powerful YAG lasers to beautify the epidermis. Facials reinvigorate visages with an eye treatment, custom mask, neck-and-hand massage, moisturizer, and a restraining order against the sun.
Like most secret agents, the owner of Neo Nails Salon & Spa goes by two names: Thuy Tran and Diane. She treats her clients' cuticles and nails with delicate care as she performs luxurious spa manicures and pedicures with traditional and long-lasting shellac polishes. The aestheticians on staff also perform body waxing treatments that leave skin smoother than a peeled grape wearing silk pajamas. Throughout their interactions with guests, whether during massages or aromatherapy treatments, the staffers keep up a friendly demeanor.
As a nearly 30-year veteran of the beauty industry, Deja Groove owner Donna Farmer knows talent when she sees it. During the twelve years that she's stood at the helm of Deja Groove, she's nurtured the careers of numerous professionals, amassing a team of talented practitioners capable of catering to virtually any aesthetic need. In the salon, stylists can be found doing everything from cutting hair to manipulating hair texture with waves and relaxers, pulling from an arsenal of products that includes brands like Redken and Pureology. Meanwhile, the spa team includes licensed massage therapists who combat tension with custom kneads and hot stones, as well as aestheticians who soften and smooth skin with microdermabrasion treatments, manicures and pedicures to improve the appearance of natural nails, facials, and waxing. What's more, the beauty team also offers unique services such as lash tinting and ear candling, which can help remove waxy build-up or surprise an otolaryngologist on his birthday.