Angie Byboth wields her extensive training and certifications to add permanent makeup to faces or erase the tattoos from an impulsive youth. With a tattoo gun and topical anesthetics, Angie fashions defined brows, lined lips, and dramatic eyes while clients rest comfortably listening to music or paying their last respects to their laid-off makeup. Each tattoo treatment comes with a four- to six-week touchup, filling in spots that didn’t fully take during the first bout of tattooing. Angie is also trained in Tattoo Vanish treatments, which can remove unwanted ink from past tattoos without the pain of laser treatments. She can also outfit brows and lashes with dyes to enhance the impact of Ernest Borgnine impressions, and optional lash perm treatments can add subtext to any glance without having to learn to wink in Morse code.
At locations across the country, clients check in at marble-fronted reception desks to meet with a member of Darque Tan's International Smart Tan Network?staff trained to determine the best path to their bronzing goals. Sessions take place in private rooms that line a column-flanked hallway, where five different levels of UV beds give skin the perfect level of tanning. [Norvell] (https://www.norvelltanning.com/) and VersaSpa sunless-tanning systems imbue clients with a hydrating, natural-looking glow, which can be customized according to skin tone, desired shade, and spirit animal. A full-time cleaning staff keeps each center in pristine conditions by referencing a 50-point inspection system.
A massage can already be a vulnerable experience, so the question of how much pressure for the therapist to apply can be tough to answer, especially given that everyone experiences pressure differently. Fortunately, there are basically three possible responses?light, medium, or firm?and considering the following factors may help you decide:
Pain Tolerance: If you find yourself extremely sensitive to touch, request light pressure. Likewise, people who can tolerate rigorous?possibly even uncomfortable?pressure should choose firm to get the most out of the muscle manipulation. Always trust your body; if firm pressure feels too intense, ask the therapist to ease up.
Why Are You Here?: If your top priority is relaxation, then light or medium pressure is for you. If you want to work out knots, relieve concentrated tension, or pop the balloon animal you swallowed, then firm pressure may be required. If you're looking for a mix of outcomes, explain them in detail, pointing out specific areas and desired results. For instance, you might say, "I want to loosen my back muscles but break up knots in my shoulders," each of which requires a different amount of pressure.
Don't Sweat It: Massage therapy is designed to improve the body's overall function, whether by promoting relaxation or relieving aches and pains. So even if you choose a pressure level at the start of a massage, you're not locked into it?you can request lighter or firmer pressure at any point during treatment. A good massage therapist appreciates and responds to feedback, which helps them develop a personalized session that feels good and fulfills your expectations.
Spa treatments aren't a one-size-fits-all affair at Face2Face Skincare and Makeup Studio. Beauty and skincare expert Cynthia Kretschmar draws on 25 years of cosmetic experience as she provides pretreatment complementary skin evaluations to determine which treatments will leave their skin looking as youthful, firm, and radiant as a balloon animal full of glow sticks. In place of harsh chemicals and impersonal care, the studio relies on natural skincare balms?including products by Repechage and Circadia by Dr. Pugliese?as well as gentle procedures designed to nurture the skin while improving the way it looks.
Specially formulated facials can address everything from dry skin to acne, while
facial peels take on sun damage and hyperpigmentation. The studio also offers exfoliating microdermabrasion procedures as well as WISHpro treatments, which use magnetic infusion technology to nourish the skin and boost circulation below the surface.
Face2Face Skincare and Makeup Studio donates 5% of its proceeds to Shared Hope International, an organization committed to aiding victims of human trafficking.
Li Nguyen arms himself with an arsenal of Vivant Skin Care products and more than 10 years of experience in the skincare industry to tailor facial-care services to each client's needs. Li enriches epidermises during facials, which he follows with a 10-minute massage or a 15-minute microdermabrasion treatment that eradicates dead skin cells in the same way a millionaire keeps feral dogs off his lawn: by shooting miniature diamonds at them. He also addresses more pressing facial concerns with chemical peels and acne treatments.
Because the existence of so many types of tanning equipment can sometimes make tanning intimidating, Perfect Tan’s staffers are always on hand to help clients establish a tanning regimen based on their skin type and tanning goals. By asking a few simple questions, the staff can help clients choose from three levels of tanning beds and a UV-free, sunless Mystic spray-tan booth that leaves bodies evenly bronzed in about 20 minutes. Their tan plan determined, clients recline in lie-down beds from Ovation, Encore, Solart, and Bravo, or they stand in a 2M standup tanning booth so they can keep balancing stacks of dinner plates on their heads.