While many kids her age were busy making mud pies or fingerpaintings, Michelle Vernon was developing her own kind of artistry. As a girl, she mixed ingredients for facial masks and other skincare concoctions, trying them out on her friends and family. Shaffer went on to aesthetics school and eventually climbed the cotton ball–lined ladder to become a cosmetics manager for a prominent skincare company. But she isn't one to rest on her laurels—she continues to seek out the latest industry techniques and was one of the first aestheticians in Kansas City to offer eyelash extensions.
Vernon draws upon a decade of professional experience, thoroughly analyzing each client's skin to recommend the best course of treatment. She offers anti-aging four-layer or collagen facials, diamond microdermabrasions, and innovative add-on services such as the NuFace five-minute facelift, which tones facial muscles and recharges propeller beanies with a microcurrent. Vernon also specializes in three different types of permanent cosmetics. After hours, she volunteers with the American Cancer Society, giving patients makeup instruction and teaching them how to care for their skin during chemotherapy and other treatments.
Visiting six bars in a single day usually results in a haggard appearance. But at The Body Bar, you can stop by six bars in anticipation of heading downtown for a seventh. That's because the staff specializes in beauty as its prime intoxicant, administering hair, nail, and other spa services at their respective stations. The Nail Bar gussies up fingers and toes with Minx adhesives or Gelish polish, both of which resist wear and tear for two weeks without the protection of fiberglass thimbles. At the Wellness Bar, massages soothe aches and the heat from an infrared sauna helps induce detoxifying sweat. Seasoned technicians strip away unwanted hair at the BeBare Bare, whereas the Blowout Bar’s stylists work with the hair you have, crafting quick new 'dos with washing and blow-drying. You can finish primping for a night on the town with a custom airbrush tan at the Bronze Bar, or head to the Beauty Bar for a makeup application, teeth-whitening treatment, or eyebrow and lash tint.
The technicians at Diva Nails beautify hands and feet with manicures and pedicures brightened by eye-catching extras. As each client relaxes in the salon's quiet, one-on-one nail area, a nail technician refines fingertips and coats nails with standard lacquer or Harmony brand Gelish polish. Available in 72 colors, Gelish formulas go on like a polish but dry underneath a lamp like a gel or a newborn chicken for up to two weeks of chip-free glamour.
Diva Sprays' staff draws on seven years of color-mixing experience to custom blend UV-less tints from FDA-approved California Tan products. During a 10-minute procedure, clinicians evenly canvas skin using a steady airbrush that won't leave streaks or furtively graffiti backs with its initials. Bronze glows emerge within 24 hours and last for up to 10 days. Clients can also call upon Diva Sprays' mobile technicians for on-location bronzing services.
Licensed nail technician Jo Jo nurtures a passion for creativity at her well-maintained mani-pedi station in Sunseekers Tanning Salon & Spa. She uses only Creative Nail Design (CND) products, which come in vibrant colors and brush flawlessly onto her clients’ nails and the talons of their pet falcons.
Salon Exposé's savvy stylists update ‘dos with contemporary cuts and natural-looking color using Italian-made Davines haircare products. Trained colorists can brighten drab locks with a two-color partial foil highlight or permanently dye strands to match your favorite movie star's workout wardrobe using a milk-protein conditioning color system that tints tendrils while adding softness and shine. Strategically executed snips and a fresh style update newly hued tresses with texture, sleek edges, and increased aerodynamic lift on particularly windy days. The clean white walls, dark furniture, and geometric artwork lend a modern ambiance to the bright and airy salon.