Understanding every skincare product and treatment on the market can be overwhelming. That’s where Tamala Mason comes in. At Sozo Skin Care Studio, the master aesthetician puts her clients at ease as she beautifies their skin and draws upon training at Aveda and Toni & Guy to educate them on the best services for them. Following a “one size never fits all” philosophy she refined while working for a plastic surgeon and as a lead aesthetician for Spa Mira Vista, Tamala performs a thorough consultation and skin analysis to help determine each client’s skin type. Once she has determined whether it’s dehydrated, sensitive or rosacea-prone, she sets to work pampering the face with natural, organic enzyme masks, aromatherapy massage, and wrinkle-erasing serums from Dr. Dennis Gross. To help products penetrate the skin, Tamala employs the aid of advanced equipment, such as bt-micro ultrasonic peeling technology. Traditional waxing services are enhanced with Depilar hair-removal gels, which offer results comparable to laser hair removal but without the unwanted superpowers.
LaToya Williams, owner of LRW Day Spa, understands skincare from both sides of the treatment chair. Her passion for clear complexions was inspired by her battles with acne as a teenager, and now, she says, “I just love skin. I didn’t make the career change until I was 30, and it’s the best thing I’ve done, period.” Williams understands firsthand how professional skincare can help people and believes her clients shouldn't have to "win the lotto in order to get a facial,” which is why she is committed to making her services affordable.
Williams describes the Beauty 101 facial as one of her most popular services because of its deep-pore-cleansing effects and status as a prerequisite for Advanced Glamour Lab. The services employ Dermalogica products, and will soon include organic and Rhonda Allison products. Her skincare skills don’t only touch those that come to her treatment room inside Mattison Avenue Salon Spa and Suites. Williams also performs skincare services at women’s shelters and gives tutorials on skin health to teenagers.
The staff members at European Image take a three-pronged approach to perfecting skin. First, they match clients with the right skincare regimen to use at home, using products rich in nutrients, vitamins, and fruit enzymes. Then, they consider what professional treatments would benefit skin, choosing from the spa’s robust array of services such as hot-towel facials, eye-brightening treatments, peels, and rejuvenating hand treatments. When skin finally looks as smooth and balanced as a beach ball resting on a seal’s nose, the staff can prescribe a monthly course of treatments to maintain the results. The aestheticians at European Image can also enhance clients’ appearances with waxing, makeup applications, eyelash extensions, and eyelash tabbing, a pared-down version of eyelash extensions that are peppered throughout the client's natural lash line to make it appear lusher and fuller for four days.
Shoppers happening past Mina's Salon's glass storefront at The Shops at Willow Bend will catch glimpses of master stylists cutting and coloring coifs against an elegant backdrop of black-and-white damask. The team's 26 years of service and proficiency in hair telepathy make selecting an appropriate product for each set of tresses simple, with colorfully stocked shelves offering the latest nourishing elixirs from Kérastase Paris and restorative hair masks by Moroccanoil. When not busy sculpting strands, the staff also pampers overworked hands and overdanced feet with relaxing massages and warm paraffin dips and leaves skin silky smooth with waxing services that expand southwards from the brow.
Medical director Dr. David Grant hung up his scalpel after nearly 39 years as a plastic surgeon and now devotes his attention to noninvasive techniques of skin conditioning and repair that allow him to take what he feels is a more comprehensive approach to anti-aging. He and his team at Laser Sculpting Center blast away unwanted fat and body hair with an arsenal of lasers and shoo away wrinkles and signs of aging with chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Massages and bodywork techniques leave muscles relaxed and minds destressed, and raindrop therapy soothes the spine with essential oils and heat from hot towels or tiny lightning bolts.
At Steven Maxx Salon, owner Lonnie W. DeMoe and his team of stylists draw upon 20 years of styling experience and arm themselves with products by Paul Mitchell, Redken, and American Crew. To beautify manes, they brighten locks via foil or cap highlights as well as combat troublesome natural textures with Brazilian straightening treatments or permanent waves. When they aren't artfully snipping away dead strands, the staff members refresh complexions with therapeutic facials that blend in enzymes from pineapples, papayas, and other naturally handsome fruits, and then shift their focus to the fingernails to outfit digits with new polish, fiberglass overlays, or acrylic fills.