If eyes are the windows to the soul, then aesthetician Amber Gladden is a master curtain designer. As a Dermalogica skincare expert, she thrives at tending to pores, but her favorite facial feature is a lush crop of eyelashes. That's why she founded Bloom Lash Boutique, a beauty shop dedicated to lash enhancement. Here, she can tint them, curl them, or make them extra long, like the train of a dachshund's wedding gown. Her specialty is Xtreme Lashes, semipermanent extensions that give natural lashes a thick, full look. While the client kicks back in a reclining chair, Amber attaches each strand to a single lash, about 1 millimeter from the eyelid. Though this process can last up to two hours, it prevents clumping and promotes fluttering. Each eye receives 60–120 extensions, which require a touchup every two to three weeks.
The staff at Elite Laser Care aren't one-trick ponies. Dr. Maureen Whelihan is not only a certified laser expert but also a board-certified gynecologist; her sister and colleague, Gina Whelihan, is a certified medical electrologist with special trianing in laser facial treatments and vein removal. Together, they have provided laser treatments at Elite Laser Care for more than 14 years. They rely on lasers to remove clients' unwanted body hair, pigmented lesions, and spider veins; the staff also uses the high-tech equipment to rejuvenate facial skin.
At Plush Salon, Mira, a licensed aesthetician who has made appearances on the Charlotte Today show and trained in New York and Boston, works with clients to shape and color brows and lashes. Staying true to its name, Plush Salon’s elegant interior features dangling chandeliers, cozy and modern furniture, and zero hair-eating hammerhead sharks. Mira applies makeup and waxes brows, putting to use her extensive training gained at Ulta, Nordstrom, and other high-end establishments.
Idolize Brows & Beauty's threading experts shape and manage facial hair without chemicals or blades. Their gentle threading treatments precisely shape eyebrows or completely banish hair from the chin, sideburns, cheeks, or neck. Beyond their string-centered services, the aestheticians also offer eyelash extensions in three different lengths.
At Nola Spa, a diamond-tipped microdermabrasion resurfaces the skin by sloughing off dead cells and smoothing signs of age, such as fine lines and John Hancock's signature. The spa's signature facial cleanses pores with customized treatments that recharge and illuminate the skin. Back facials, meanwhile, relax stressed stretches of flesh surrounding the spine and its many tiny faces. Specialists exfoliate dead epidermal layers before kneading muscle clusters trapped along the vertebrae. Hot steam and a mask then draw out dirt, oil, and other toxins staking claims to pores.
The Skin Center of North Carolina provides the guidance and steady-hand precision of medical professionals in treating the body's pore-patches and freckle-farms. The oxygen facial (a $99 value) rejuvenates jilted skin with a smorgasbord of oxygenating treatments, starting with an automated misting machine that sprays the skin with atomized moisturizers sailing atop a trade wind of pressurized oxygen. An aesthetician blends the oxygen-rich mist to target your specific skin need, whether it be anti-aging, moisture retention, acne axing, or inflammation inhibition. Epidermal fireflies will be ignited, adding a healthy glow to your skin.