Long before she received her cosmetic physician certification, Dr. Leslie Smith's medical and surgical career began at the State University of Michigan, where years of study led to the completion of her surgical training and the acquisition of a comprehensive knowledge of school fight songs. Dr. Smith then volunteered for military service, specializing in burn and tissue injuries as an Army officer at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Dr. Smith's research in burns, trauma, and soft tissue has garnered the attention of members of the national and international community, such as the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons in London. All this education and experience has led Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics to receive the SUN Current Readers' Choice Award for Best Laser Hair Removal in 2014.
A vibrant lineup of nail-polish bottles sparkles against a backdrop of warm, red walls at Cute Nails, where talented nail techs are equipped with a rainbow of OPI colors. A row of massage chairs sets the scene at the pedicure station, where nail artists treat feet to a sudsy bath before trimming cuticles and painting toenails. Instead of baskets filled with burning leaves, teardrop-shaped light fixtures illuminate the manicure tables as techs enhance nails with no-chip polish, UV gel fills, or acrylic sets. The salon also welcomes kids to accompany their parents and get toes and fingers pampered at a discounted rate.
Golden Tan Salons recognizes the importance of cultivating an eye-catching glow at all four of their area locations. After a complimentary tour and consultation, certified tanning professionals direct patrons toward quick misting in a spray-tanning booth. Horizontal, vertical, and open-style beds build tans with UV light instead of bronze Legos as patrons enjoy features such as built-in air conditioning and aromatherapy. The team also recommends products to nourish skin and extend the life of tans.
Author and Juut SalonSpa owner David Wagner channels a childhood spent watching nature’s beauty into his Aveda salon’s eight locations. The studio stylists and other staff members, many of whom benefit from the company’s extensive training program, perform services beneath shelves laden with Aveda products. The botanically sourced elixirs repair and sculpt hair naturally without subjecting it to other products’ unpleasant chemicals or a robot hairdresser’s endless questions about love.
Floor-to-ceiling windows let light shine in on Plaza Salon, where a team of independent stylists color hair, cut coiffures, and paint nails. In addition to all-over hair color, services include partial and full highlights, both of which accentuate existing color. Permanent wave treatments take straight strands to a curlier level, and mani-pedis improve the look of digits working with both natural nails and acrylics.