At Central California Fencing, head coach Clinton Kershaw puts his 20 years of foil-fencing experience to work. His experience includes time on the US Senior National team, three World teams, and three US World teams. He’s also a three-time US national champion at the cadet and junior levels. He teaches the form to those seeking to master it as well as those interested in a new means of fitness.
Using a LightSheer diode laser by Lumenis, the certified staff at Fresno Laser Aesthetics reduces and eventually permanently halts hair production in unwanted areas. The LightSheer system targets hundreds of hair follicles at a time, destroying them at their core, which can be identified by its nougaty consistency. Plastic surgeons Dr. John Burnett and Dr. Kaye Riolo, the cosmetic nurse specialists and clinical aestheticians at Fresno Laser Aesthetics, celebrate hairlessness by offering medical-grade services in an upscale, relaxing environment.
The aestheticians at Mermaid Serving Beauty practice the ancient arts of threading and henna to create elaborate body decorations and groomed brows inside a welcoming studio. Armed with a thin cotton thread, eyebrow artists twist and pull the fibrous string over unwanted strands on eyebrows, upper lips, or full faces to create precise lines and remove large swaths of hair accurately and without the irritation waxing can cause skin. The 5- to 10-minute treatment unseats each hair at the follicle level, removing many strands at a time to give brows a shaped appearance that’s hard to achieve with tweezing. The salon’s in-house henna artists bedeck palms and wrists in intricate designs using henna, which gradually fades over the course of a few weeks for a semipermanent accessory that adds exotic flair to style and a testing ground for a pet ant’s navigational skills.
Holly and Kristin](http://gr.pn/ngY3Rf) of Elite Wellness Spa share a passion for preserving and protecting skin, but their similarities don’t end there. Both certified professionals graduated from Paul Mitchell The School’s skincare academy, and now they work side-by-side at a spa dedicated to rejuvenating skin with custom treatments and advanced implements.
Men and women alike stand to benefit from Holly and Kristin’s menu of services, which includes medical facials, exfoliating chemical peels, and gentle waxing treatments. Free of artificial fragrances and dyes, the spa’s repertoire of skincare products assists them through treatments and forms the basis for many of the at-home skincare regimens they prescribe. With more than 10 years of experience in the medical-skincare industry, Holly and Kristin draw on their collected wisdom to treat skin conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation, sensitivity, and tattoos of caterpillars that have yet to morph into butterflies.
Though threading has been among Asia’s most popular depilation methods for thousands of years, it only recently made its way onto the service menus of Western spas. The ancient practice has shown signs of becoming more of a spa mainstay, however, thanks to an eco-friendly process that also manages to stay on good terms with sensitive skin.
For evidence of threading’s rapidly expanding popularity, one need not look further than Brow Shapes' Eastern-inspired treatment menu. When not sculpting brows into precise arches, the spa’s artists rely on their attention to detail to draw henna tattoos that depict flowery swirls, geometric patterns, or extremely detailed public-transit maps. The spa also features a variety of facial massages, each of which can be customized to relieve pain, aid in relaxation, and improve skin tone.
The aestheticians at Katherine Maxwell Skin Care specialize in facials, customizing each treatment to the individual. Based on client needs, aestheticians choose specific formulas culled from product lines such as ONLY YOURx and gloProfessional skincare. To complement their skin expertise, the aestheticians also offer waxing and a selection of spa services for the body. Deeper bodywork comes courtesy of two massage therapists, who knead guests in 10 massage modalities including hot stone and acupressure. For aspiring aestheticians or clients who want to take better care of themselves at home, the studio’s specialists also teach classes on topics such as how to perform a lymphatic-drainage facial massage and personal waxing.