A teacher overwhelmed with classroom tasks and student responsibilities; a 20-something recovering from the insecurities of teenage acne—Charlie Ward has served them both. Like many who write in his patient testimonials, this pair praises the master aesthetician's professional skill and personal kindness. "Having healthy habits, including good skincare," Charlie writes on his website, "[has] helped me enjoy [life] even more." Charlie pebbles his path to healthier, more vibrant skin with services that range from the technologically advanced photofacial treatment, which uses intense pulsed light to improve sun-damaged skin, to the holistic scrub-and-rub massages, which dose backs and bodies with salt crystals from the Great Salt Lake before hot towels and lotions cleanse and refresh. He also stays up-to-date on his industry's latest trends and technologies, writing on his blog about some of the latent effects of tattoos and new breakthroughs in heat-resistant makeup that prove ideal for soldiers fighting in war zones or chefs cooking in full-body snowsuits.
Part of the venerable Paul Mitchell network, the Salt Lake City school channels its doctrines of style and technique through a squad of students supervised by professional instructors. Inside the school’s 22,000-square-foot facility, beauty-gurus-to-be assuredly snip away during haircuts, each of which includes a five-minute scalp massage, and slather on lactic-acid peels, each of which includes a five-minute memoriam to dead skin cells. Tresses can be smoothed into submission with a flatiron, curled into a hirsute coil, or stylishly swept into an updo. Students complement these many shapes with bold or subtle coloring treatments, sometimes relying on block or dimensional color to add depth.
Paul Mitchell the School trains its students to be citizens of the world as well as ambassadors of beauty. The school sets an example worth following with its eco-friendly practices and support for charitable causes that give back to the local community.
As one of the Top 200 Salons in the United States as chosen by Redken and Pureology in 2011 and one-time Aesthetician of the Year according to the International Association of Aesthetics, The Shirodhara Day Spa and its owner, Eva Mileski, have a trophy case filled with more awards than Meryl Streep's attic. The cozy spa and salon creates a cottage-like atmosphere with creative décor to make guests feel relaxed and welcome for each treatment. New haircuts are born in the salon portion, and, through a pair of French doors, massage therapists and aestheticians wait to relax bodies with deep-tissue, Swedish, and other modalities or nurture complexions with facials. The Shirodhara Day Spa invites all spa guests to take a complimentary trip to the steam room to loosen up stiff muscles, sweat out toxins, and secretly open their neighbors’ junk mail.
Trained technicians at Secret Beach Tanning give epidermises an expertly bronzed finish with UV-free Norvell airbrush tans. Clients first collaborate with the tech to pick out the skin shade that best matches their hair or lucky penny. Next, patrons don disposable garments and a hair cap before skin dons a DHA-based browning solution. Tans usually develop over the course of a few hours, after which outer epidermal layers sport an even, golden tan that typically lasts around seven days. Secret Beach Tanning suggests showering and shaving before the session, as well as not wearing makeup, deodorants, or full jousting armor, as they can prevent skin from absorbing the tanning formula correctly.
Rooted in the fundamentals of CrossFit, Xcel Fitness's programs aim to push participants with challenging, dynamic workouts. They introduce beginners to the workout in CrossFit Fundamentals classes and provide easily scalable sessions for those more experienced. But just because Xcel focuses on the power of CrossFit, it doesn't mean they forgo variety. The gym also offers classes in spin, yoga, and mixed-martial-arts training, allowing them to provide something for everyone—they even offer classes for kids.
Like all Aveda salons, Landis Aveda Lifestyle Salon helps polish clients' styles with earth-friendly, naturally derived products. After opening a location in Salt Lake City in 2005, the salon has since sprouted a twin location and focused on developing serious talent. Their stylists spend 18 months in training, working their way up from apprentice to Grand Salon level, gaining experience, training, and the ability to gently comb a hibernating bear’s hair without waking it.