Just because fingernails and toenails are small doesn't mean they can't be festive. The technicians at LaVie Nails gear up for each major holiday with themed nail art: patriotic colors for the 4th of July, green for St. Patrick's Day, and bright pastels for Easter. They even offer pink designs for Breast Cancer Awareness month, dappling nails with hearts and ribbons.
The technicians maintain attitudes that are just as cheery as their polish designs, and they prioritize continuing education to stay on top of mani-pedi trends. As they pamper clients in lipstick-red pedicure chairs, they wield thoroughly sterilized tools, conducting add-ons such as callus treatments, foot scrubs, and hot-stone massages. After their appointments, clients can browse LaVie's line of bejeweled sandals.
In addition to their polish, gel, and acrylic treatments, the staff members also administer custom facials. They pull from Dermalogica and PCA Skin products to address a range of skincare concerns, from acne and signs of aging to buildups of dead and zombified skin cells. Waxing services round out the spa menu with a focus on speed and comfort.
After healing patients as a nurse for 25 years, Mary Lynn of Mary Lynn?s Massage and Day Spa traded in bandages for body wraps and became a licensed massage therapist and aesthetician. Today, Mary Lynn helms her own eponymous day spa, where she coddles clients with 15 types of massage techniques?from deep tissue to reflexology?and a range of skin treatments, including rejuvenating chemical peels and permanent makeup for eyes and lips. Her cozy and elegant day spa welcomes clients with an inviting waiting room, complete with a cushy leather sofa for pretreatment relaxing. Inside private treatment rooms, salmon hues set patrons at ease with warm comfort like a kangaroo's velvet-lined pouch.
Stephanie Paschke opened Savante Salon in 2011, gathering an experienced staff of stylists and technicians to carry out an array of services, ranging from haircuts and highlights to bridal updos. Brazilian blowouts keep each lock flowing straight and smooth, and hair accessories, such as feathers, help clients look stylish and stay upwardly mobile with the peacocks at the country club. In addition, nail services run the gamut from traditional manicures and pedicures to specialized shellac and gel treatments, and waxing treatments remove unwanted hair, leaving the area as smooth as freshly sanded silk.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Airbrush makeup and eyelash extensions
Brands Used: MAC, Smashbox, Makeup Forever, Temptu Airbrush Makeup, Minkys, Premier, and Blink Eyelash Extensions
The interior of a business can affect how its customers feel. What kind of decor do you use to help make your clients feel pampered and at ease?
Our decor is modern with a touch of a vintage flair. I use professional equipment and products, aromatherapy and soothing music to make my clients feel more relaxed and comfortable.
What steps do you take to make your clients feel at ease?
The first thing I do is get to know my clients and find out what look they wish to achieve. I walk them through the service I'm about to preform so they know exactly what to expect. Then I put on their favorite music and allow then to sit back, relax, and enjoy.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
One last thing I want to add is my main goal is to strive for perfection. I am constantly expanding my knowledge on the latest trends and techniques and take extended and advanced learning courses to make sure I'm providing professional quality service to my customers. I want them to know that this isn't just my job. It's my passion, and I believe that shows through my work.
Out of your entire repertoire, which is your favorite service to perform and why?
My first love has always been bridal makeup artistry. To be apart of such a special day is truly an honor. There's nothing more gratifying then helping clients look and feel beautiful on such an important day. Even so, eyelash artistry is my newfound love. It still gives me that gratifying feeling of knowing I gave someone's confidence boost as they leave satisfied with the result.
Lisa Morrow—a certified permanent-makeup clinician and certified nurse—gives clients the gift of 24-hour glamour by skillfully applying permanent makeup and lash extensions. During permanent-makeup sessions, Lisa uses a sterilized needle to apply micropigments that fill in sparse brows or outline smiles for a nonstop put-together look that benefits busy parents and professionals, people with makeup allergies, and chemotherapy patients. All sessions include a 30-minute consultation and the application of a topical anesthetic designed to increase client comfort, as well as a touchup within eight weeks of the initial treatment to ensure proper maintenance. Lisa's lash-enhancing services include 10–45 false strands per eye, which she applies painstakingly one by one to create a natural mascara look or a lush fringe that adds a dose of glamour to eyes with or without makeup. Lisa can also add colored crystal to lashes, adding multifaceted sparkle to eyes without donning kaleidoscope-lens glasses.
Geena Smith takes an integrative approach to beauty at Savvy Skin-Care, focusing on the biology of the body as well as the balance of the mind. Her credentials as a medical aesthetician, massage therapist, reiki practitioner, and vice president of the United States help her treat her clients with their overall holistic health in mind. A soothing Japanese face-lift massage accompanies all of her facials, providing an extra element of relaxation along with the expected cleansing and refining. Geena's enzyme peels make use of organic solutions, and she always chooses nontoxic cosmeceutical products for her treatments. Geena augments her 15 years of experience by continuing her education and attending workshops and seminars.