At Lighten Up Salon & Spa, a black-and-white checkered ceiling looks down on hardwood floors as aestheticians bustle away at pampering, styling, and bronzing their guests. As clients relax in cherry-red swiveling chairs, stylists shape brows, root out unwanted hair with wax treatments, and transform coifs with perms, haircuts, highlights and lowlights, and color treatments. Forsaking its name, Lighten Up turns down customers’ white balance with tailored airbrush-tanning treatments that imbue skin with a beach-ready bronze without clients having to bake under the sun or marinate in a bathtub filled with third-place trophies.
For 23 years, registered nurse Elizabeth Ketah assisted with surgeries—an occupation that requires both patience and great attention to detail. Now that she is certified by Lavish Lashes and trained in advanced skin care, she employs her meticulous nature as she carefully and safely applies lashes and crafts custom skin-care treatments. She also tints lashes and brows, and shapes brows to resemble delicate arches or sturdy flying buttresses.
The weight-loss experts at Venus Med Spa dedicate themselves to supplementing body-slimming efforts with personal coaching and noninvasive treatments. Staff members operate under the no-frills philosophy that dieters and exercisers can maintain their weight with a healthy lifestyle and sensible eating. But they also recognize that sticking to a healthy lifestyle can be harder than landing a helicopter on a doghouse roof, so the team works one-on-one with clients to educate them on such weight-loss methods as HCG diets, laser-assisted liposuction procedures, and body sculpting with Venus Freeze radio-frequency treatments. To supplement new shapes, Venus Med Spa smoothes wrinkles and plumps up skin with Botox and Juvéderm injections.
Dr. Shahid Iqbal shepherds a staff during beauty-bolstering services that ranges from permanent laser hair reduction and VelaShape cellulite reduction to facial flatterers such as Botox injections and chemical peels. The pros also slather faces with organic products during custom massages and incorporate hot stones, hot sea shells, and games of hot potato into their massages.
The knowledgeable kneaders at Chattanooga's Massage and Bodyworks draw upon years of experience to soothe their clients' bodily troubles and ease away stress. In addition to massages involving hot stone, deep tissue, and light touch techniques, staffers administer spa services such as paraffin dips and body scrubs. And because the office leaves time between appointments, after sessions, customers can spend some extra minutes relaxing on the treatment table and taking inventory of the freckles on the inside of their eyelids.