With 26 years of experience as a critical care nurse, licensed aesthetician and owner of Simple Skin Solutions Carmen Murillo adheres to a philosophy of treating each client as a whole and an individual. Before undergoing any of Simple Skin Solutions signature skin treatment--such as microdermabrasions, Botox injections, and facials--Carmen consults with clients to discus concerns and goals. With the information, Carmen develops a treatment customized to the individual, pairing him or her with a cosmeceutical grade product designed to treat skin problems, such as acne, hyperpigmentation, or irremovable Richard Nixon masks.
Technicians use a special adhesive for individual eyelash extensions that?s available only to trained experts. Read on to see what makes it so special.
Natural-looking yet genetics-defying eyelashes: that's the goal of eyelash-extension salons. Each tiny extension is attached to an existing lash with a special kind of medical-grade glue that disappears into the lashes so clients can forget they weren?t born looking that way. It?s a delicate process performed by highly trained technicians, but it wouldn?t have been invented if not for a common household item: Super Glue.
In 1942, Dr. Harry Coover invented Super Glue by mistake. While trying to formulate a clear plastic to be used for gun sights at Eastman-Kodak during World War II, he and his team found that one substance was so sticky that it was almost impossible to work with?it would bind to just about anything, with no need for heat, pressure, or pleading. The company eventually put it on the market in 1958. Chemically known as a cyanoacrylate, the adhesive eventually found experimental use in the Vietnam War as a way to quickly close wounds and stop excessive bleeding, giving wounded soldiers more time to seek medical help in the field. Eventually the FDA approved forms of it for use in medicine.
Today, different cyanoacrylate formulations are used in dental surgery, to rejoin veins, and in the eyelash salon. Despite its ancestor?s application of bonding skin, eyelash-extension glue is meant to touch the lash only. To avoid contact with the lid, the glue is applied to the extension rather than the natural lash. Then it?s held against the lash with tiny tweezers for the 30?40 seconds it takes for the chemical bond to form?and repeated dozens of times until the lids are as lushly curtained as the client likes.
Leila Birkenheier can transform you into someone else––the most confident and beautiful version of yourself. As a licensed cosmetologist, she deftly splashes strands with highlights, carves sleek layers, and cultivates volume with her signature blowout styles. Clients may also solicit Leila for a set of Hotheads hair extensions or for a private makeup session to elevate their features.
Erin Lockhart, the owner of Lasting Impressions Salon, has spent 15 years in the hair industry. She specializes in cuts and coloring, welcoming clients into her salon for refreshing hair treatments. Whether it’s a face-framing cut or an ombre treatment, she revives faded locks and adds a touch of vibrancy to her clients' personal styles.
Fusion 4 Women is part fitness studio, part spa, and part wellness center. Exercisers sweat in Zumba and Pilates classes, whereas spa visitors relax during full-body massages and mani-pedis. The staff also leads lifestyle-modification classes and offers personalized weight-loss support.
New Health Centers consists of more than 400 health-care practitioners across the country, each working to alleviate corporeal discomfort with natural techniques. Doctors work in conjunction with experienced practitioners to soothe aches, pains, and lawn-gnome infestations.