Henna artists accent the newly minted skin with ornately crafted floral patterns and designs. With henna cones in hand, they weave images that vary in detail, from simple yet striking dragonflies and Ankh symbols to larger and more elaborate illustrations of elephants, rabbits, and trees. Ceremonial henna tattoos decorate bodies with a reddish brown ink that's believed to bring good luck. Customers can further enhance their features at the hands of threading artists, who brandish strands of thin cotton to meticulously shape eyebrows and remove unwanted facial hair. The process is quicker and gentler than traditional waxing, allowing patrons to stop by whenever they're on lunch or have placed an identically dressed mannequin at their desk.
At Spa Bamboo 235, beauty and the planet are held in equally high regard. That's why the spa only uses paraben-, chemical-, and fragrance-free products that do not test on animals. Spa Bamboo 235 even gives clients extra incentive to splurge on beauty?and feel extra good about it?by giving 15% off beauty products when clients recycle their old product bottles. And as for the beauty part: the spa specializes in skincare, offering services such as diamond-peel microdermabrasion, sugaring hair removal, and enzyme peels. And all facial treatments include facial massage with warm and cold stones that inspire calm, not to mention the feelings of satisfaction that come with caring for the planet instead of burning down a neighbor's wind farm.
Arizona Permanent Makeup's Mary Ellen worked in nursing before deciding to combine two of her passions—creativity and caring for others—into a career as a permanent-makeup artist. Having trained under a certified micropigmentation instructor, Mary Ellen uses only high-quality, hypoallergenic inks for her permanent-makeup procedures, which can help women feel more confident while simplifying their morning makeup routines. Using a fine, sterile needle, Mary Ellen implants pigment into the brows, lips, or eyelids to create a custom look that is as natural or dramatic as the client chooses. Aside from defining features, the procedure can also be used to add a beauty mark or to correct irregularities caused by scars or blemishes.
The hairstylists, makeup artists, aestheticians, and medical professionals of Skin Gravy Aesthetics & Laser combine their respective skills to help women beautify nearly any area of the body. The center excels in noninvasive treatments. Meanwhile, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and injections of Botox and Juv?derm leave faces youthful enough to sweep the awards at the kindergarten field day.
The beauty techs at Hype Express Salon & Spa rely on an arsenal of hair- and skincare products by Intelligent Nutrients. These certified-organic concoctions eschew modern agricultural techniques and toxic pesticides. Their founder created them on the principle that anything applied to the skin should be edible, just like clothes.
Techs also work on wrinkles with LightStim wands that send amber, red, and infrared LED light through the surface of the skin. Free of harmful UV rays, this process stimulates collagen and elastin production. Nourished and refreshed skin becomes a canvas for makeup artists armed with MicaBeauty Cosmetics. These all-natural mineral powders collude with the skin's oils to cover blemishes without filling pores with preservatives, chemical dyes, or talc.
The stylists at Hair Ink Salon can do anything hair-related, but they thrive on creating dramatic looks, from rich ombre color to elaborate updos for special events. At the modern salon?characterized by glazed concrete floors and plush leather styling chairs?they streak highlights into hair, apply makeup, and weave in silky extensions. They wield Sebastian and Goldwell products, and coat newly colored manes in a clear Goldwell sealer to help the hues last longer.
They also remove unwanted hair with waxing services by licensed aesthetician Alicia. She defuzzes clients with Brazilian waxes and underarm waxing, helping them prepare for a day at the beach or an afternoon streaking through the neighborhood.