A trio of beauty veterans oversees services at Accolades Salon Spa, making clients feel at ease as a team of experienced stylists, aestheticians, and nail techs performs pampering services inside the Highland Park beauty haven. Stylists improve coifs with precision cuts and straightening treatments using Aveda and Clean Enhanced Organics products. Clients reclining in the spa's private treatment rooms enjoy brow tints, eyelash extensions, and custom massages expertly executed by aestheticians who pack their beauty belts full of seven Arigato skincare products, which are chemical-free and only contain a maximum of four ingredients.
Back on the salon floor, nail techs embellish hands and feet with organic mani-pedis that sheathe fingertips and toes with colorful layers of OPI polishes and CND base- and top coats. Feet wading in the warm waters of a pedi throne basin can take their time as the chair's massage and heat settings melt back muscles into pools of butter. Accolade also provides man-centric services such as hot-towel shaves, as well as advanced cosmetic injections performed by an onsite doctor.
Under the watchful eye of medical director Dr. Annika Crosby, the trained staff of PSS MedSpa come to the aid of clients with ailing complexions, aging skin, and unwanted hair or varicose veins with a combination of laser and aesthetic treatments. The team draws upon an arsenal of lasers that can be finely tuned to gently treat the delicate lines surrounding eyes or powerful rays that stop hair production in the follicles. The spa also utilizes high-quality products from brands such as SkinCeuticals, Eminence, and Colorescience Pro, blending the latest skin science with all-natural ingredients to keep skin soft, complexions clear, and signs of aging at bay. The staff can also outfit newly refined faces with a selection of retail mineral makeup and waxing treatments that create skin as flawless as the skin skeletons dream about.
Whether applying makeup to clients or creating a new line of products, makeup artist Nicole Fae concentrates not on concealing flaws, but rather on highlighting each individual’s beauty. The cosmetic devotee brings this philosophy to her expansive retail emporium, where she vends her original line of foundations, eye and lip makeup, and lotions and cleansers. Knowing that the ability to correctly apply makeup, unlike the ability to correctly execute a flying barrel roll, is not innately coded in every woman’s DNA, Nicole also hosts one-on-one private lessons to teach proper application and color use tailored to the individual and occasion. Additionally, the aesthetic artist invites groups of six or more to cavort at brow parties, where she demonstrates how to maintain eye arches in between wax visits.
Every staff member at ProSkin Esthetics and Laser Center boasts one of two titles: Aveda-trained aesthetician or nationally certified laser specialist. Some even tout both. Their dual skills allow the spa to offer clients both naturally derived and technologically advanced beauty services. Guests can opt to schedule a free consultation before any of these treatments, though the specialists require it before they will expose age spots, unwanted hair, or tattoos to the spa's FDA-approved lasers. Aestheticians also set a mandate with their facials?all clients will receive an upper-body, hand, and arm massage as skincare products nourish needy pores and directionally challenged skincare products nourish nearby pillowcases.
Author and Juut SalonSpa owner David Wagner channels a childhood spent watching nature’s beauty into his Aveda salon’s eight locations. The studio stylists and other staff members, many of whom benefit from the company’s extensive training program, perform services beneath shelves laden with Aveda products. The botanically sourced elixirs repair and sculpt hair naturally without subjecting it to other products’ unpleasant chemicals or a robot hairdresser’s endless questions about love.
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.