During a 36-year career in aesthetics, Diva Lashes' Patricia has developed an affinity for beauty techniques that require absolute precision. Patricia is board-certified in micro pigmentation, or the art of permanent makeup, and relies upon a digital tattoo machine to quickly and accurately render the texture of eyebrow hair or line an eye with minimal discomfort. Many styles of eyelash extensions similarly reflect her enjoyment of meticulous handwork, as each tendril must be adhered one-by-one in order for it to blend in with the natural lash line and hang on for up to three months without the encouragement of a kitten simultaneously dangling from the follicles. Over the past two decades, Patricia has honed her ability for evaluating her client's skin, and now creates custom refresher courses with SkinCeuticals products, vitamin C serums, and facial peels. She shares her decades of expertise and passion for beauty through the American Cancer Society's Look Good…Feel Better program, which connects oncology patients with aestheticians.
At Skin Clinic, owner Maria Anello Aponte creates an environment in which clients are treated holistically to address skin conditions that are often squelched with plastic surgery. During complimentary consultations, skincare professionals analyze each client's skin type while taking into consideration lifestyle, diet, and their complete medical history. With this all-encompassing view in mind, the spa's team designs treatments specific to each person's needs and desires. For instance, the aestheticians can recommend noninvasive skin-tightening treatments such as SmoothSculpt, which tones skin around the jowls and neck and smoothes away wrinkles without using any starch. Additionally, they educate their clients on how best to care for their skin on a day-to-day basis. The center's experts may also help boost self-confidence by reducing concerns associated with sun damage, acne, and hyperpigmentation by administering rejuvenating facials, microdermabrasions, or chemical peels.
Owners Shannon and Rusty and their team of stylists look thoughtfully at their client's botched self-dye job. Rather than stand in judgment, the staff focuses on which product from Pureology and Redken will help correct the color and restore health to the frizzled locks. This is a familiar scene at Rostik Salon, where a team of relaxed, friendly stylists nimbly transitions from creating glamorous waves to designing cuts for kids.
Accompanied by a stress-reliving massage, the dermalogica facials use pumice crystals, enzymes, and masks tailored to clients' skin type to cleanse and exfoliate pores while moisturizing the skin. These sojourns may be extended with one of three different chemical peels or with a wrap that uses Chinese herbs to condition skin all over the body. Aestheticians also deftly wax away unwanted hair, revealing smooth skin that they accent with UV-blocking dermalogica makeup and Norvell spray tans that spare skin from UV rays.
Wurstle endeavors to revolutionize the classic American hot dog by concocting a menu of completely customizable and mess-free gourmet sausages. Three types of baguette encase half a dozen sausage choices—each MSG- and filler-free —in standard, junior, or mini-sizes, which customers can each crown with an array of toppings such as homemade mustard, spicy ketchup, or Wurstle-kraut. The kitchen crew trades in their deep fryer for the oven, complementing their hand-held feasts with healthful baked accompaniments of french fries, Nutella puffs, and piping hot sodas.
A licensed aesthetician and certified laser technician, Elite Skincare's Liz O'Boyle has one goal in mind: helping her clients achieve and maintain healthy looking, youthful skin. She partners with Dr. Craig D. Barbieri and his staff at Aesthetic KC to provide a full roster of medspa services, from medical microdermabrasion to cosmetic fillers and other injectables. Full of fruit acids, chemical peels enrich skin’s texture, while IPL photo facials reverse signs of sun damage more effectively than eating a parasol.Liz also uses her laser expertise to eliminate spider veins with the Nd:YAG laser, as well as unwanted body hair with the Light Sheer Diode Laser. Liz and her colleagues can also create customized facials that target problem areas and best-suit a client's skin, finishing with a relaxing neck and shoulder massage.
Not everyone can say they love what they do, but not everyone is Rachel Naster. The aesthetician and beauty industry veteran of almost a decade proclaims "I love doing esthetics!" on her website, and her passion is backed up by action. After parlaying her medical office internship into a career working in spas, the beauty buff is now fluent in a wealth of services. Inside her homey studio, she offers up facial peels with IMAGE products, brow shaping, and airbrush makeup to brides or particularly glamorous oil rig workers.