Licensed aesthetician Megan Elizabeth Majeran advises against ever looking into a magnifying mirror. No one will ever look flawless under the cruel gaze of that cosmetic appliance, she says, so why bother? This kind of advice is par for the course for Megan, who makes it her mission to make her clients feel good about their faces.
To accomplish this mission, Megan dedicates her full attention to each of her clients. Her calm, methodical approach helps them unwind as she applies Keyano all-natural products during her custom facials and peels. This emphasis on relaxation finds its reflection in the paper lamps, bamboo stalks, and palm plants strewn throughout the studio. Aromatherapy candles—handmade by the resident massage therapist—flicker and burn, filling the space with a fragrance as appealing as that of a fried chicken breast dipped in cologne.
Sun seekers have options when they walk through the doors at Star Tans. Their skin gets steeped in bronzer shades in the spray tanning booth, while the tanning solution from the airbrush imparts a tan-colored mist to pale skin. Both of these work without light to give skin a sun-kissed glow without the risks involved with sunbathing outdoors, such as hornets building a nest under your knees. The lamps in the UV bed mimic the sun rays, which coax melanin toward the skin surface for a natural glow.
Forty-six-year-old single mom Leslie was so inspired by her first encounters with LED phototherapy that she became certified as a skin technician shortly thereafter. Today, more than 10 years later, she helps her clients eschew the need to drop thousands of dollars on injections, plastic surgery, and facial creams by harnessing blue- and red-light technologies. With careful calibrations, she has found laser therapy to effectively treat fine lines, cellulite, and acne.
Over the last 10 years, Skin Essentials Med Spa & Hair Salon owner Kelly Davis has prettified more than 1,000 faces with the SofTap permanent-makeup technique. She sidesteps the racket and pain of traditional tattoo-machine methods to gently apply the pigment with a hand tool, giving her absolute control to craft a subtle lip shape or a seductively arched brow. Guests can find similar attention to detail in the spa's repertoire of other beautifying services, from simple mani-pedis to advanced exfoliation peels that obscure signs of aging. Injections of Botox or Restylane keep skin surfaces as smooth as a pancake, and full-body scrubs and masks treat the whole physique to ensure that even your Achilles' heel embodies a beauty that belies its vulnerability.
The Exotic Tans staff offers both UV and sunless tanning. They show clients to standup and lie-down beds, which imbue bodies with shades that suit a variety skin types. Exotic Tans' facilities are outfitted with spray booths for those who prefer UV-free bronzing, and trained professionals are on hand to administer airbrush treatments. Like snow sandwiches, they also whiten teeth in addition to helping clients slim down with body wraps.
Ultimate Body Boutique prides itself on being a one-stop-shop salon, because it has everything its clients need to feel beautiful inside and out. Offering 10 tanning beds and booths, along with hair services, massages and waxing, this laid-back salon and spa features licensed, friendly stylists and aestheticians and a large menu of treatments. Come in for a 60-minute deep-tissue massage, or have partial highlights and a deep-conditioning treatment applied to soften hair before receiving a Brazilian wax.