At I-Too, a team of experienced aestheticians works tirelessly to capture and eradicate errant hair using a combination of traditional and modern methods. An ancient Eastern art, eyebrow threading uses only a small, 100% cotton thread and the skillful hands of its master to carefully remove renegade forehead follicles. The process achieves finely sculpted brows by twisting the thread around the offending strands, evicting them quickly, painlessly, and before they can ask for their security deposit back. Because it doesn't strip the top layer of skin, threading is an appropriate technique for all skin types, causing minimal irritation or emotional distress to the face.
In 2003, beauty expert Reema Khan noticed just how many patrons of her Chicago salon sought expert brow-shaping services. Reema decided to open up Shapes Brow Bar, and since its inception, it has now expanded into a franchise with more than 75 locations nationwide. In addition to brow services, clients can opt for makeup applications, facial treatments, and body waxing services.
Billowing drapes, exposed brick walls, and playful zebra-print furniture fill Swan Skin and Nail Spa, where owner Swangela Barlow brings her clientele up to speed on the latest developments in mani-pedis, facials, eyelashes, and waxing services. Barlow's diverse nail services?a specialty?include children's manicures, long-lasting shellac-gel treatments, and Minx manicures, a wholly customizable favorite of Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
The practitioners at Laser Regeneration work with the most advanced lasers on the market to treat a wide range of issues for all skin types. By removing unwanted hair, plantar warts, or spider veins, they help clients achieve healthier, blight-free skin. GentleLase treatments allow both men and women to reduce hair permanently in a quick, effective process, while Vbeam lasers can reduce spider veins, uneven pigmentation, stretch marks, and more. Sharon Wilber, the founder and owner of Laser Regeneration, calls upon more than 20 years of business experience, which she leveraged to partner with the eminently qualified Dr. Jack Cheng. Dr. Cheng has a PhD in toxicology from the University of Cincinnati, and he is a member of the American Society of Laser Medicine.
Inside Rozy Threading Studio, marigold-yellow walls surround techs as they twirl strings of cotton thread around unwanted facial hair. Then, with a flick of the wrist, they quickly pluck out each strand––a technique that precisely shapes brows and causes less irritation than tweezers or termites. They use this ancient approach alongside waxing to make skin smooth and hairless. When they aren't pruning brows, they purify pores with facials that incorporate extractions, steam, and herbal mud masks.
Jamaican-born Sophia Johnson, owner and master stylist of SoKai Salon, became enthralled with tendrils as a child, immigrating at age 14 to New York where she began working part-time at a hair salon. Her part-time passion turned to a full-time career and, after training in New York City, earning a business degree, and snipping strands as a master stylist at two salons, she relocated to Atlanta to open SoKai Salon. Since then, Sophia has integrated her love for artistic expression—the name SoKai stands for a “community of artists devoted to their art”—with her knack for taming strands, enlisting a team of stylists, makeup artists, and massage therapists to beautify and relax the masses. SoKai Salon supplies its diverse client base with everything from standard cuts and color services to more alternative cosmetic treatments such as colon hydrotherapy and ionic footbaths.