The staff at Lavish Salon and Spa's sole intention is to bring out clients’ natural beauty with hairstyling, eyebrow-shaping, and nail-painting services. The team took the same approach to its salon space, sprucing up the once-basic storefront with paisley-print wallpaper and etched ceiling tiles that make art out of what might have been an easily overlooked feature. More subdued hues color the private treatment rooms nestled away from the bustling salon floor, keeping the atmosphere in those safe beauty havens as relaxed as a royal guard on his day off. For each service, the staff pulls from a stock of hand-selected products that includes several all-natural options from Aveda and the acclaimed Moroccanoil line.
Exposed ductwork and an installation piece made of twigs hang over racks teeming with colorful OPI polish. It’s within this sleek, modern environment that aesthetician Alix quickly transforms patrons—not with polish, but with wax. She leads clients into private treatment rooms, where she deftly removes unwanted hair from the face and body.
At Enhancing Light Cosmetic Laser Centers, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kenneth Dembny oversees a team of fully certified staffers who beautify physiques with laser-guided services. Using VelaShape, an FDA-approved procedure that fuses infrared light, bipolar radio frequencies, and mechanical massage, technicians can contour away cellulite. Photofacial skin rejuvenation, meanwhile, resurrects a youthful glow in faces marked by signs of aging, such as fine lines, sun spots, and mouths locked in place after blowing out candles on a birthday cake. Tattoo removal lifts unwanted ink, microdermabrasion exfoliates away dead skin, and skin tightening reduces wrinkles and saggy areas. A portion of the clinic’s profits go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which funds breast-cancer research and raises awareness of the disease.
The aestheticians at Skin 2 Envy Studio follow the three Rs of beauty: Refresh, Rejuvenate, and Revive. Those words inform all of their services, which range from pampering care to advanced med-spa treatments. Classic facials purge dirt, oil, and confetti from pores, while microdermabrasion treatments and peels exfoliate away dull skin with diamond-tipped tools or chemical solutions. More dramatic resurfacing can be provided with the Fraxel pen, a device that employs laser light to promote the growth of new, fresh cells.
Lynn Duncan is a proud perfectionist. “In this business, I’d have it no other way,” she says. At Lynn Duncan Permanent Cosmetics, the multicertified practitioner makes sure her clients' makeup is flawless—and permanent. She also offers microdermabrasion, teeth whitening, and eyelash extensions.
Legacy Salon and Day Spa's facial services smooth over epidermal erosion and melt away the weathered granite of gargoyle mugs to reveal the cherubic visages underneath. Yank out the roots of blackhead radishes with an acne-clearing facial ($80), or go from Two-Face to Catwoman with a pigment balancing facial ($75). A practiced technician stands at the ready to arm male and female kissers with anti-aging ameliorants or vitamin-infused serums, and any facial can be upgraded to a skin-buffing microdermabrasion treatment (a $125 value) for an additional $25.