Inside Effess salon, Paul Mitchell–certified cosmetologist London Armstrong-Adame keeps hands and feet polished with meticulous manicures and pedicures. Beyond doling out basic cuticle care and enhancing tips with gel add-ons, London gives toenails the RockStar treatment, covering them with glitzy, glittery designs that will draw attention from adoring fans and avid scrapbookers for up to six weeks.
Banana Beach Tan wants to darken the world—by making it shine with the brilliance of a beautiful bronze glow. The tanning center helps clients acquire natural-looking tans gradually through the use of beds or in an instant through the use of advanced spray-tan technology. During UV-tanning sessions, clients relax in beds by Matrix or Alpha. Inside the Mystic tanning booth, patented jets evenly coat the skin with a solution designed to leave a natural-looking glow. And from within the comforts of the Pure Collagen booth, red light therapy restores cellular activity and skin elasticity.
Zany Cuts shears and trims the natural hats of pintsize clients in a colorful lime-green children's salon. Parents can sit on comfortable couches while their young ones have their head strands shaped into stylish cuts or patriotic tributes to lady liberty's crown. Booths are equipped with 40-inch flat-screen TVs, which kids can enjoy from the vantage point of a neon-green hand, blue Thomas the Tank Engine, or pink Barbie Mustang convertible styling chair. Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii occupy kids while the expert stylists keep them from being engulfed by their own head gardens. After each cut, children will receive a special prize such as a rubber ball, pencil top eraser, or cheat sheet for the upcoming metaphysics exam.
The friendly, helpful staff at The Skin Spa rely on Star Trekkable equipment for all their aesthetic skin treatments. Laser hair-removal uses pinpointed light to infiltrate your flesh-fortress and sear the dark pigment of the hair follicle at its root—destroying it completely. As you relax in the warmly lit environment of the Newnan Dermatology clinic, which keeps a board-certified nurse practitioner on-site, The Skin Spa's crew will meticulously deforest hirsute areas such as the abdomen ($225), the Brazilian bikini line ($300), or the underarms ($100). Men, meanwhile, can target back hair ($375) and beard fuzz ($175), though not the impure thoughts that cause them. Because hair grows in cycles and long-lasting hair loss often takes up to full six sessions, you can purchase two of today's Groupon.
Since her days as a high-school basketball and track star, Dr. Benita Stephens has understood the importance of maintaining a healthy diet and weight. But it wasn't until she was a trained obstetrician and gynecologist with her own practice that she saw the damaging effects excess weight has on the body. Feeling inclined to help her overweight and obese patients, Dr. Stephens sprung into action, calling upon her extensive training in bariatric medicine to establish Ciao Bella Medical Center and Spa. And it was this determination and passion for helping others that gained Dr. Stephens praise from MadameNoire and earned her the 2012 Business Superstar Award and inaugural cover from PYNTK magazine.
From within Ciao Bella's office, Dr. Stephens and her friendly staff help clients shed pounds and gain confidence through customized weight-loss programs, which can include tailored exercise plans; B12, HCG, and lipotropic injections; appetite suppressants; and meal replacements. But before programs are constructed, an initial consultation reviews patients' health history, determines their current state of health with a physical exam, and analyzes their body composition. Ciao Bella's staff also tighten and tone the skin on the face with facials, microdermabrasion, and Botox treatments.