Though high-tech hair removal relies on relatively new technologies, owner Nedra Lockhart has been zapping follicles for more than 40 years—she began in 1970, working at the side of her mother, for whom the clinic is named. Though electrolysis is still on the menu, the entire staff boasts national board certification in laser hair removal through The Society for Clinical and Medical Hair Removal, Inc. This range of treatment options is essential, as specialists must select the right tool for the job: though considered less painful, lasers target melanin and may not be ideal for those with lighter-colored strands, who may be better served by electrolysis or Photoshop. Besides permanent hair removal, the clinic is home to Scandinavian skincare services by stateside transplant Catharina and mani-pedis by aesthetician Lisa Schuenemann.
Amidst tan and green hues, guests nestle into pedicure thrones or rest arms atop manicure stations while Happy Nails & Massage technicians enhance fingers and toes with mani-pedis, acrylics, or Shellac. Inside a private treatment room, waxing specialists remove unwanted hair and drawn-on mustaches or loosen tight muscles with reflexology massages.
Dedicated solely to laser tattoo and laser hair removal, Dr. Tattoff clinics have performed more than 200,000 procedures total, and have garnered national attention from press such as the New York Times and People magazine. The business’s specialized approach relies on experience—procedures are performed by clinicians who have performed thousands of treatments each—and science, which is especially evident through the Kirby-Desai scale. Created in-house, the Kirby-Desai scale enables doctors to accurately determine how many treatments a tattoo needs for complete removal as well as the tattoo’s weight, in case patients want to mail it to their past selves as a warning. Dr. Tattoff devotes similar scrutiny to its laser hair-removal treatments, and the clinic backs both procedures with steadfast guarantees.
Dr. Shelena Lalji has donned many capes throughout her career, including wife, mother, and women's health advocate, She practiced as a board-certified OB/GYN until opening her own facility in 2006, when she realized a patient's well-being isn't just a collection of lab results, but rather a balance of mind, body, and spirit.
Today, alongside a team of hand-selected professionals, Dr. Shel is focused on this holistic approach, administering a range of services divided into aesthetic and wellness needs. Inside Dr. Shel's center, a floor-to-ceiling water feature greets visitors, and soft lighting splashes across the artwork lining hallway walls, treatment rooms, and back-room portal into Space Jam.
Skinrevite is sensitive to sensitive skin. The center's Delphia Del Sol microdermabrasion equipment is built to give clients a choice: they can undergo regular crystal exfoliation, or they can choose crystal-free abrasive pads that are less likely to scratch thin or irritable skin. To multiply the effects of these treatments, the center also performs mini chemical facials, which diminish wrinkles and fine lines on the face without erasing the treasure map a pirate drew there when he couldn't find any scrap parchment. A particular specialty of the center is laser hair removal, which it adapts to each client's hair color and skin type to maximize its effectiveness.
Aside from pampering her clientele, Kalologie Medspa founder Tracy Brennan fills her business's shelves with a signature line of sulfate- and paraben-free products, which earned her spa a nod from Elle in 2008 as one of "the 10 best beauty boutiques for hard-to-find products." Aestheticians nourish visages with salutary facials that can include steam exfoliation or fruit enzymes. Additionally, trained med-spa technicians can refine appearances with injectables or IPL treatments, which employ a Palomar StarLux laser system as they target hyperpigmented blemishes or unsightly follicles with controlled pulses of laser light energy.