Unlike other salons?where waxing is an option hidden among manicures, facials, and massages from a galloping herd of tiny horses?the licensed aestheticians at Waxing the City do nothing but remove unwanted body hair with wax. They specialize in the waxing process the salon's dubbed Cerology, performed with hard wax from Belgium or soft wax from Spain that's crafted especially for the studio. The type of wax the aestheticians reach for depends on the sensitivity and size of the area.
What began in 2003 as a one-room studio has expanded to more than 20 locations nationwide, with each salon mirroring the original's modern, loft-like feel, with details such as granite countertops and leather chairs in waiting areas. As the company's grown, so has its list of awards, including being lauded as the best place to get a Brazilian by the Dallas Observer in 2013. The press have also noticed Waxing the City's no-tipping policy (the St. Paul Pioneer Press calls this convenience a "bonus"). Instead, the company prefers that customers pass on word-of-mouth recommendations and bring in sculptures carved from now-unneeded razors for display.
It's like walking into a comic book. Deep-red and purple walls burst with graffiti murals of jagged skylines, puffy clouds, and the word "bleach" in big black bubble letters. Amid these jazzy accents, master designer and color specialist Teresa Riley draws on more than 20 years of experience to transform tresses with products by All-Nutrient, Wella, and Davines. Clients also may request voluminous lash extensions or revamp the complexion with a private makeup consultation.
Owner Angela Bastien?an 18-year veteran of the healthcare industry?runs Begin with your Skin Medspa with a staff of all-stars. That includes a board-certified plastic surgeon who graduated from Duke University and a medical aesthetician with a diploma from the prestigious CIDESCO aesthetics program. With that lineup of talent, the clinic is able to offer diverse cosmetic services, including injectables, laser treatments, and peels.
Treatments such as Botox and Juvederm fill out wrinkles and photodynamic-therapy treatments tackle acne blemishes. For anyone who doesn't want body hair ruining Wear Your Bathingsuit to Work Day, certified laser technicians attack follicles with CoolGlide Xeo lasers that render body areas smooth and hairless. Since skincare is so central to the med spa's offerings?including chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and 3D skin rejuvenation?the staff also carries maintenance products, including Skinceuticals formulas. They even offer Body Bronze spray tans that make UV tanning unnecessary.
Led by oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Steven Selchow, the staff at Rejuv Skin and Hair Clinic prioritizes professionalism just as much as luxury. Before the licensed medical professionals administer services such as Botox, Voluma, and Juv?derm dermal injections, they conduct an initial consultation. They cover patient history and cosmetic goals?from looking younger to looking as smooth as a dolphin slicked in olive oil. Wielding laser technology, they aim to shut down hair growth, tighten sagging skin, and banish blemishes. Some of their services tackle multiple ailments in a single treatment.
The skin is the body's largest organ, and also the most visible; for that reason, the skin's condition can make or break a person's appearance. Dr. Jerry K. Brunsoman and licensed aesthetician Christy Fischer work in tandem at Ideal Skin Laser Rejuvenation Center to perform med-spa services that help improve clients' appearances. Their chemical peels diminish the appearance of sun damage, fine lines, and scarring. The DiamondTome microdermabrasion treatments they perform, meanwhile, dislodge dead skin cells without the use of loose crystals or high-powered fans that make cheeks flap like seals on a trampoline. Brunsoman and Fischer also harness the power of BroadBand Light to improve complexions and stimulate collagen production during photofacials and acne treatments, and their SkinTyte therapy restores elasticity and a youthful tightness to visages. Ideal Skin Laser Rejuvenation Center purveys SkinMedica products, so patients can keep skin in mint condition at home.
Named one of the top 100 salons in the nation by Elle magazine, The Beauty Room stands as a shrine to owner Mi Shaun Schmidt-Schwab's passion of more than 15 years: creating life-changing hairstyles. She and her supporting staff of more than 20 beauty specialists nourish skin, refine nails, and forge ravishing new dos amid the salon's opulent damask wallpaper and ritzy chandeliers. Chocolate-brown seats cradle haircutting clients as the staff revamps their tress formations with products from Davines and Bumble and bumble. Across the room, tufted armchairs in the same shade cradle those perched beneath hair dryers setting color, perms, or cookie-dough wigs. Tucked away from the bustling salon floor are a handful of private treatment rooms that welcome waxing, facial, and massage clients into their tranquil environs.