Licensed wax aesthetician Vanessa doesn't attempt to juggle a range of spa services. Instead, she draws on her more than six years of experience to lead a team of aestheticians trained to achieve the perfect, gentle wax. She uses organic hard wax, which is sought after because it grips the hair shaft and, like the cheapest temporary tattoos, doesn't stick to the skin. The result in long-lasting smooth skin with minimal irritation.
With speedy waxologists and specially formulated European waxes made just for its clients, it's no wonder that Bombshell Waxing opened a second location just one year after its inception in 2010. That's also largely due to the passion of owner Shelly Reagon, who is very hands-on with her business and who can often be found in scrubs and an apron herself.
She writes in Sophisticated Woman Magazine that it's important for women to go to a reputable salon for a wax, one that never double-dips its waxes and knows eyebrows aren't just caterpillars napping on the forehead. She also talks about her belief that brows are "sisters, not twins"—that it's most natural and beautiful if brows both look polished, but they don't need to be identical. Another revolutionary idea of hers is that waxing should be an experience a client looks forward to, so her salons offer vajazzling services and onsite boutiques where clients can shop for lingerie that shows off freshly bare skin.
Peppermint and pure sugar cane are on the menu, but they're not for eating. The peppermint fragrances a warm footbath, and the pure sugar cane acts as scrub for lips or tongues with no self-control. These indulgent ingredients appear in various services at Serenity Day Spa and Gifts, where guests can spend up to a full day relaxing and beautifying with spa packages that combine mani-pedis, facials, and massages. Body-contouring wraps detoxify while they tighten and tone skin, and specially designed facials address the common skincare concerns of men, women, and teens.
Smoother, healthier skin is the goal of every treatment at Threading Studio and Spa. The salon's aestheticians skillfully remove unwanted hair with dollops of warm wax or loops of thread, which they twist and roll over the skin. Waxing sessions allow for quick hair removal over larger spans of skin, while the threading technique allows aestheticians to remove even the finest hairs from upper lips, or to shape brows with precision. The aestheticians also fight blemishes, fine lines, and other skin issues with Dermologica skincare products.
Sheila Cao, a registered nurse and founder of Naturalashes, practices a hair-based brand of makeover—rejuvenating style with eyelash extensions and waxing. Experienced stylists keep bodies both smooth—with applications of low-temperature, anti-irritant wax—and dramatic, with durable mink and synthetic eyelash extensions.
Torrie Jakes, owner of Jakes Aesthetics, dropped her legal career to pursue her passion for skincare and cosmetics. Performing laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels as well as other skincare treatments, she stays true to her goal of helping her clients attain glowing, youthful skin.