"Technique is everything," says Tricia Hetherington, licensed esthetician and owner of The Pretty Kitty, a chain of full-service waxing boutiques specializing in bare-all Brazilians. Tricia, who?s been profiled in Luxury Las Vegas and several additional press outlets, personally trains each staff member in her proprietary 10- to 15-minute hair-removal method, which employs high-quality soft wax that?s formulated for delicate flesh and minimizes pain. Her estheticians never double dip into the wax pot, reaching for a fresh stick with every application of the warm substance and leaving only a thin landing strip or functional tarmac in its wake. The Pretty Kitty's menu of services also includes facial and full-body waxing, and though walk-ins are welcome, appointments are recommended.
The aestheticians at Divine Threading Studio treat clients to services as modern as Dermalogica facials and as traditional as henna tattoos. The salon specializes in depilation treatments, which remove hair using either the familiar heated-wax method or the ancient Eastern threading technique that's considered more appealing to people with sensitive skin. The aestheticians also showcase their precise handiwork by applying intricately designed henna tattoos, which weave their way up the hands and arms of brides-to-be or clients who want to test-drive a tattoo design for a few weeks. For a finishing touch, clients can ask for an ear or nose piercing, face accessories as stylish as Mr. Potato Head's during Fashion Week.
Lina Latief—owner of 818 Skincare—is a one-woman beautifying powerhouse. In 2007 she kicked open the doors to her own studio, after working a stint selling French beauty products. Her apprenticeship paid off. Armed with a fistful of certifications and the epidermal insights she gained during that time, she revamps exteriors with all kinds of treatments. In addition to customized Ultimate Facials with cocoa enzymes or organic peels she’s expanded into the realm of body wraps, spray tans, and microdermabrasion.
The professional staff at Sandy’s Threading & Beauty banishes unwanted hair in quick visits with expert waxing and threading services. Clients discuss aesthetic desires for their brows, which may involve accenting peepers with ultra-thin streaks or shaping tufts into an upside-down mustache to complete optical-illusion costumes. Aestheticians ensnare stray hairs between strands of thread, leaving eyebrows even and clearly defined. For the bikini wax, clients recline as aestheticians apply warm wax to quickly and efficiently remove unwanted hair.
Dr. Jay Amin, MD, helms the hospitable clinic that bears his name, where he advocates for a medical philosophy that fuses technologically based medical science with naturalistic approaches that prize overall wellness. The spa's professional staff maintains a continuing education in skincare and body treatments, offering procedures for body contouring, cellulite reduction, tattoo removal, hair removal, and anti-aging therapy. In addition to expertise in med-spa services, the doctor earned his degree in and has 25 years of experience in internal medicine and is an associate of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Some guests remark that Dr. Jay appears younger than his 54 years, which may be due to practicing the same wellness behaviors he recommends to others or the fountain of youth recently discovered bubbling under the clinic.
Vinita Vineet, owner of Vinita's Beauty & Threading Studio, hails from India, bringing Eastern depilation techniques to the West Coast. She and her staff of trained threading experts whisk hair from men's and women's faces, creating perfectly shaped brows, silky upper lips, and cheeks that are smoother than a newly polished bowling lane. For body parts south of the face, they rely on waxing treatments to remove unwanted hair. Artistically applied henna tattoos adorn arms, legs, and décolletage; henna is also used to tint hair.