Celebrity aesthetician Leaine Dehmer describes herself as a “skin behaviorist.” Whether crafting her own professional line of skincare products or tending to clients with massages, facials, skin peels, or body exfoliations, she seems to intuitively know the components of a healthy, radiant complexion. You don’t have to take her word for it, though; Leaine’s reputation recently received a boost when her services were included in each of the celebrity swag bags handed out at the 2012 Academy Awards.
Regardless of their box-office draw, guests from all walks of life can indulge in the roster of relaxing services at Leaine’s Skinsations Spa, many of which derive their powers from natural or organic products. Private treatment rooms lull clients into relaxation with such calming touches as scented candles. Cascading waterfalls flood the rooms with amber light, while drifting moisture clings softly to the skin like a baby kitten in wet mittens.
"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.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
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.
Inside The Skin Spa & Wellness Center's cozy boutique atmosphere, massage therapists and aestheticians pluck products from around the world to soothe individual complaints. Aestheticians pamper fa?ades with mud imported from Italy or exfoliate dry skin with Hungarian salt. During massage services, aromatherapy hailing from France sends nose receptors on exotic vacations. To reap the full benefits of each facial, waxing, or body service, the staff recommends booking services in advance to block out a time slot and ensure unhurried, leisurely service.
Waxing expert Ashly Clinger frees men and women from unwanted stubble in her homey studio, Face & Body Skin Care Retreat. She is such a pro at this form of depilation that she has recorded an instructional DVD to teach aspiring waxers the techniques and theory of her craft. Her website educates clients with tips such as avoiding caffeine for 12 hours before the appointment or how to write a nice breakup letter to the unwanted body hair. As a licensed aesthetician, Ashly also performed facials, body scrubs, and ear candling.