The label all natural isn't lip service at Aveda. Bound by its mission to "care for the world," the company has created strictly selective criteria for what goes into its products. The most notable rule: 50% of every ingredient's molecular weight must come from a plant, a nonpetroleum mineral, or inorganic matter obtained exclusively from sustainable sources. Though the dedicated stylists and aestheticians at Bokaos may not be the ones fiddling with chemistry sets to formulate these eco-friendly products, they do stand by them 100% during every service.
For instance, hairstylists revamp outmoded styles with color formulas made from 99% natural ingredients, and they add bounce and movement to strands with Aveda retexturing systems enriched with certified organic ylang ylang. Meanwhile, aestheticians beautify skin with an array of facials and body treatments that use exfoliating salt glows culled from the Dead Sea, as well as plant-based waxing services augmented with skin-soothing essential oils. Once hair and skin is prepped, makeup artists swoop in to finish the look, melding a special foundation with water before applying it to faces with an airbrush, hiding blemishes, skin discoloration, and Sharpie?d chemistry notes for up to 20 hours.
The team of cosmetic and plastic surgeons at Athenix Body Sculpting Institute understands the direct link between physical appearance and self-confidence. In their quest to collectively boost the public's self-esteem, they actively reshape and refine clients' problem areas using the industry's latest technologies?including Natrelle breast implants, natural fat transfers, Body-Jet liposuction, and nonsurgical body contouring?to create curves that parabolas could only dream of.
Many of the clinic's doctors also dedicate their efforts to reshaping the lives of those less fortunate in the community. Dr. Maurice Sherman, the clinic's chief medical officer, donates his time and talents to victims of domestic violence, and Dr. Millicent Odunze repairs cleft palates and other facial deformities as a volunteer for Operation Smile.
Beaux Contours: An Aesthetic Institute was founded by Dr. Feyi Emembolu, who completed her residency at the University of Chicago, one of the country's top medical schools, and Dr. Charles Otieno, who completed his residency at another of the country's top medical schools—UCLA. These two are joined by Dr. Joseph Bivens, an aesthetic plastic surgeon who has been contouring bodies since 1988, and Dr. Dwight Reynolds, who has trained more than 700 physicians and Operation game enthusiasts in the United States and abroad in liposuction techniques and suture suspension. All four doctors stay abreast of the latest developments in plastic surgery so they can surgically contour bodies, tuck tummies, and boost bust sizes using the latest techniques.
Dr. John Shieh?s noninvasive procedures are so effective that celebrities choose him to keep their skin as ageless as the photos in which they appear. For example, his famous Triniti series attracted the attention of Kris Jenner on Keeping Up with the Kardashians; during one episode, Dr. Shieh showed off the benefits of nonsurgical procedures and skincare regimens that exclude pies in the face. RejuvaYou Medical Spa has also been featured on television shows such as Extra!, Entertainment Tonight, CNN, and in the pages of Forbes, Life & Style, and People Magazine.
Dr. Shieh has also charted new territory as one of the first doctors to use the Matrix RF/Sublative wrinkle-reduction procedure and VelaShape body contouring. Today, Dr. Shieh and his staff treat clients to laser lipo, fat transfer to the breasts, face, hands, and buttocks, Botox, Juvederm, chemical peels, and other procedures that fight the signs of aging.
At Beauty Secret 101, owner and aesthetician Michelle Lin draws from more than a decade of international beauty training. Though she is an experienced makeup artist capable of prepping clients for weddings and other special occasions, her specialty is non-invasive anti-aging and skin-brightening treatments, most of which are customized facials. Hydrating and deep-cleansing facials, as well as non-surgical face-lifts and peels, aim to soothe and refurbish the skin using high-end skincare products from European brands such as Dosha, GM Collin, and T&J. Lin follows up each service by showing clients how to maintain their new, youthful glows at home, with a series of clear, step-by-step instructions as opposed to a binder filled with confusing pie charts and bar graphs.
La Belle Laser & Plastic Surgery Center has been keeping up with the latest cosmetic-laser equipment since 1996. Today, the center is led by board-certified physician Tin L. Yung, MD, and board-certified plastic surgeon Eric Hu, MD, and has expanded its menu of services to include breast augmentations, plastic surgery, and beauty injections alongside its wide array of laser treatments for unwanted tattoos, scars, wrinkles, Kool-Aid stains, and body hair.