While working at other peoples' salons, Shelly Spann yearned for something of her own. "I wanted to get my name out there," she says. One day, while watching reality TV, Shelly was struck by an idea. All of the shows were "centered around women and hanging out together, so I thought, 'Oh my God, how awesome would it be if we did that?'" Shelly masterminded a business that beautifies brows on location at get-togethers as partygoers sip champagne and wine. "It takes a little bit of the edge off of waxing," she says with a laugh.
Now Shelly divides her hours between mobile services and time at her full-body-waxing headquarters. She uses Nufree Nudesse, a sugar-free wax alternative that removes hair with less pain, irritation, and grumbling from cranky candles. Clients can also request numbing creams to keep procedures even less uncomfortable.
Waxing and brow sculpting aren?t Shelly?s only specialties, though. The fully licensed aesthetician also beautifies her clients? complexions with a selection of exfoliating and hydrating facials. Her treatments range from mini and teen versions of her signature facial to custom European facials that take their cues from individual skin types.
Children's toys, brightly colored mirrors, and coloring easels delight little ones at Salon 36 Kids, and patient stylists pamper them with kid-centric beauty services. During a first haircut, stylists carefully snip baby and toddler hair, saving a lock for the parents and also providing them with a photo and keepsake certificate afterward. Along with kid cuts, Salon 36's team is well versed in highlighting teens' manes, flatiron straightening, trimming parents’ locks, and dolling up digits with mani-pedis for all ages, which also are featured in the salon's birthday-party packages.
In addition to services tailored to kids, the staff also uses high-quality, kid-friendly beauty products. Fairy Tales products keep bugs at bay with a lice-repellent formulation. The salon also stocks their shelves with eye-catching hair accessories, from barrettes to headbands, as well as specialty toys, including floating bath toys and picture puzzles of Einstein's first mohawk.
Dr. Dean Kane's pursuit of beauty has led him across the country and beyond. His specialized training in plastic surgery and medicine began at the University of Puerto Rico, then continued with residencies at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore and the University of Florida. Today, Dr. Kane shares his knowledge of plastic and reconstructive surgery techniques with up-and-coming doctors as a clinical professor at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and beautifies patients at his plastic-surgery practice.
From the moment clients enter the couch- and art-adorned waiting room to the time they grapple through the skylight, the attentive staff cater to them with personal attention. Before treatment⎯such as tummy tucks, liposuction, and Botox injections⎯clients consult with Dr. and Lauri Kane to ask questions about procedures as well as outline their beauty goals. Post-procedure, the clinical or operating-room nurse oversees patients through the entire recovery process.
Paradise Salon and Day Spa offers visitors a chance to take a vacation from everyday stress with a menu of full-body beautification services. Dry hair can take a permanent hiatus thanks to the salon's intense haircare treatment, which nourishes parched strands with a formula rich in plant and silk proteins. Dry skin is likewise tackled with a hydrating and brightening caviar facial or an aromatherapy body wrap that swaddles skin in cotton sheets after brushing it with soothing essential oils. If a change in scenery won't fit into your hectic schedule, change what you see in the mirror instead by booking a complete makeup makeover or sprucing up lifeless strands with luminous highlights. Waxing services provide all the fun of getting ready for the beach without the itchy sand or annoying sunshine, and mani-pedis extend sandal season year-round to show off colorful coats of regular, french-style, or shellac polish.
At Neha Threading Salon & Spa, Neha Gupta, a threading specialist and licensed cosmetologist who's worked in India and the United States for 18 years, leads a team of experienced aestheticians, technicians, and stylists. She invites customers to unwind and relax with a wide range of beautifying and soothing spa and salon services. Threading and waxing remove unwanted hair, sculpting brows along the way. Custom facial treatments cleanse pores and exfoliate complexions, rejuvenating them for another day in public or one final staring contest with the mirror. Full-body massages use modalities such as deep tissue or hot stones to alleviate aches or pains, whereas hair and nail services tend to heads, fingers, and toes.
There?s something about Dr. Angel Purdy that inspires confidence in her clients. Perhaps it?s the fact that she?s a native of Baltimore, but it more likely has to do with the professional Obagi, Arbonne, and Kinerase products she uses to treat skin during her chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments. Dr. Purdy also wants her clients to have confidence in themselves, so she helps them feel comfortable in their own skin with laser hair-removal treatments and injectables that smooth away wrinkles. She also performs cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to reduce the appearance of scars, tighten and lift skin, and remove phantom tails that make it painful to sit down.