Most days upon leaving class at the International School of Skin and Nailcare, Kristen Axton headed straight to her job at Kiehl's. This combination of formal training and on-the-job experience helped develop her aesthetic expertise, which she further refined while working at several med spas throughout Atlanta. Today, as owner of Kristen's Skin Care & Massage, she commands a team of massage therapists and aestheticians dedicated to beautifying and de-stressing clients. Their signature Atlanta facial restores vim and vigor to lagging faces with a multi-step regimen that includes peels derived from herbal enzymes or therapeutic acids. Aestheticians also slough away dead skin cells with microdermabrasion sessions designed to lessen scarring from acne, sun damage, and general wear and tear. Elsewhere in the shop, massage therapists unravel kinked muscles with techniques borrowed from Swedish and neuromuscular specialties.
The ambiance at The Body Wax strikes a sultry chord with a black leather couch in the waiting area and deep-orange walls throughout the hallways. The vibe allows clients to feel safe and comfortable within the private treatment studios, each of which features a cushioned, adjustable bed. Warm wax lifts unwanted hair while weakening the bulbs, leaving skin smooth for two–three weeks and causing future growth to be finer and thereby easier to remove. As a hair-removal method, waxing lasts longer than shaving, doesn't cause the painful rashes of depilatory lotions, and sidesteps the unbearable hair stench of fire.
Before master cosmetologist Sharon Baker opened The Beauty Bar Salon, she worked as an educator for Premium Nail Concepts where she learned the ins and outs of nailcare. In addition to mani-pedis, which she performs with traditional or gel polish, she specializes in waxing, airbrush tanning, and eyelash extensions. Sharon is always looking to expand her skills through continuing education—in nearly three decades in the industry, she’s earned four licenses and a high-five from each of her instructors.
A testament to the life, love, people, and beaches of Brazil, Spa Buzios? technicians emphasize the country's spirit in beautification treatments designed to keep patrons beach-ready, no matter the weather. Pastel colors of pink and green frame the windows, doors, and treatment rooms of the spa as patrons take a break from everyday life to relax amid fresh flowers and wicker waiting-room furniture. Premium hard waxes remove unwanted hair from nether regions, and the spa's licensed aestheticians maintain clean, sanitary conditions without double-dipping or reusing wax. Meanwhile, Norvell airbrush tans coat skin in a variety of individual shades that are hand-applied in even coats.