Darla Johnson is a hair-removal expert. Since she began smoothing skin with laser technology in 1998, she has performed more than 6,000 treatments. And that number is only going up—the certified laser technician and award-winning entrepreneur continues to share her expertise at SLIC. Using Cynosure’s Elite Aesthetic Workstation, Darla targets and destroys follicles with gentle pulses of laser light, a process that greatly reduces future hair growth. The system has proven successful on all areas of the body, skin types, and kinds of hair, including the fake mustaches retired private eyes refuse to take off.
Though laser hair removal is the specialty at SLIC, it's not the only skincare service available from Darla's team. Her colleague Carolyn Mitchell specializes in cosmetic services, helping erase patients' fine lines and wrinkles with precise injections, exfoliating microdermabrasions, and complexion-reviving peels.
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It's not the decor or even the selection of Aveda products that earns each of Life SalonSpa's locations the title of Aveda Lifestyle salon and spa. It's how the staff turns every visit into an experience that walks the line between relaxation and beauty. To learn where this line is, they embark on Aveda-led beauty pilgrimages to local and international experts, earning rewards for each new skill they gain. Along the way, they work through eight artistry levels, climbing from New Talents to Elite Masters who speak in proverbs and can soften a person's skin with a single gentle smile. But regardless of their level, all beauty pros learns one thing early on: the benefit of plant-based products.
The staff leads visitors on their own personal beauty pilgrimages, enveloping them in detoxifying steam, massaging couples side by side, or pampering them with a body-treatment package such as the aptly named "Chocolates for Breakfast." An emphasis on personalization and quality products also pervades the salon area. In addition to cutting chic 'dos, the stylists use plant proteins and natural antioxidants to correct issues such as dry and damaged hair.
Certified Zumba fitness instructor Celine Gabrielle motivates students of all ages and abilities as they hasten heart rates with easy-to-follow dance moves backed by Latin beats. In each one-hour Zumba class, slow rhythms alternate with fast tempos to burn hundreds of calories and confuse gathering flash mobs, and resistance training helps exercisers sculpt muscles. Pupils groove to international music and tone up with interval training moves while the experienced instructor demonstrates steps and keeps workouts on track. Students should send a telegram to their feet encouraging them to wear cross-training or aerobic-style shoes that can accommodate the class's sliding, turning, and side-to-side movements.
The affable aestheticians at Pure Energy Hair & Body Spa promote internal peace via external treatments bolstered by naturally derived Aveda products culled from raw herbal ingredients and essential oils. Stylists use Aveda’s wholesome haircare serums during salon services that range from cuts and colors to updos and texturing services. Spa aestheticians customize facials based on skin type and impart self-care tips so clients can maintain fluorescent-free glows at home. Healing massages administered on heated massage tables warm weary muscles, and spa body treatments emit calming aromas that replenish wellness and leave guests feeling as refreshed as a newborn wading in Dr. Pepper.
The glam squad at Béo Spa revives rough-edged fingertips and toe-ends with the help of Éminence Organic skin products. Hands will hear the sound of one hand clapping twice after a skilled manicurist spends 45 de-stressing minutes cleaning up cuticles, shaping and buffing nails, and applying character-expressing polish (a $42 value). Foot-whisperers spend a sole-soothing hour nixing rough spots, trimming faraway toe-berets, and giving aggrieved feet a thorough, organically fragrant bath they can boast about through each half of the next soccer game or line-dance marathon (a $62 value).
Calla Lily revamps the surface terrain of men and women with an array of aesthetic treatments administered with attentive care and premium products. In mani-pedis, nail technicians buff fingernails and toe talons, tidying up cuticles whose doilies have gone askew and adding colour to claws with OPI polishes. Facials, meanwhile, fine-tune skinscapes with customized products from the Bioelements skincare line designed to cleanse and hydrate pores while reducing the signs of aging. The spa's waxing services can evict unwanted fuzz from aging strawberries and such epidermal regions as eyebrows ($12), lips or chins ($8), necks ($15), underarms ($18), bikini areas ($25), and feet ($10). During each visit, Calla Lily supplies its clients with free wireless-Internet access and a palate-pleasing selection of complimentary coffees, teas, and sweets.