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.
Darque Tan's arsenal of beds, booths, and nourishing lotions infuses visiting bodies with sun-kissed color. Along with at least 20 tanning beds, each location brims with tan-savvy staff members—each certified through the International Smart Tan Network—who can work with you to customize a program based on your tanning goals, skin type, and relation to black-and-white movie starlets. A dedicated full-time cleaning staff regularly runs through a 50-point inspection process between sessions, helping to create a sanitary tanning experience and keep clients from warming up 6-foot-long paninis during appointments.
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.
You don't necessarily go to the spa to be transformed into a new person?sometimes, you just want to be the most beautiful, glowing version of yourself. The massage therapists and estheticians at Wellness Spa of DuoDuo seem to understand this. They don't try to change what makes their clients unique, but rather enhance their natural features with exfoliating facials and other vitamin-packed spa treatments. When they aren't balancing the body's energies with acupressure, the therapists chip away at tension and concrete encasing with Swedish and hot-stone massages. Not to be outdone, the estheticians draw on dermatologist-developed Skintensify products to help maintain clear pores and smooth skin.
Since 1950, Minnesota School of Cosmetology has been beloved by beauty students and clients alike. Pupils love the national accreditation, continually evolving curricula, and online resources. Meanwhile, salon-goers appreciate the students' skillful hair, nail, and skin services. Occupying two campuses?one in Plymouth and one in Woodbury?the school offers professional environments in which aspiring beauty artists transform natural talent into technical proficiency. They do so with the help of experienced instructors, as well as informative lectures from visiting industry professionals.