After more than three decades in the industry, Claudette Gentle has become fluent in more than a few hairstyling and cosmetic treatments. Her undisputed specialty, however, is skincare.
Inside her studio at Willem Hair Design, Claudette treats skin issues with advanced treatments such as nonsurgical enzyme face-lifts and peels that incorporate pumpkin or glycolic acid. Though these peels effectively resurface and strengthen skin, Claudette knows they aren?t for everyone. For those with more sensitive skin, she performs a manual method known as dermaplaning. Wielding a sterile surgical blade or electric instrument, she carefully removes dead skin cells, fine facial hairs, and alien facehuggers to promote a glowing complexion.
Dripping crystals, an intricate chandelier sheds light over a black-and-white floral-print couch in E Skincare & Wax Studio's waiting area. Art-deco supports arch to the ceiling above pink wallpaper, presaging the personalized, luxurious treatments guests enjoy farther inside. In addition to the studio's eponymous services, it offers such treatments as the M'lis body-contour wrap, which helps clients shed fat and detoxify. SofTap permanent makeup gently embellishes skin with long-lasting pigment, easing the burden of applying makeup each morning or always wearing a mask of yourself wearing makeup.
At Beauty Lounge Medical Spa, the staff strives to boost clients' self-image. To do so, they guide them through weight-loss programs, rejuvenate skin with exfoliating dermaplaning, and fill wrinkles with Botox. Licensed medical professionals also wield lasers designed for hair removal, body sculpting, vein removal, and photofacials.
Good skin isn’t just the result of good genetics; it takes maintenance and an occasional pick-me-up. That’s why Cindi Collins treats her clients to Aveda facials that use natural ingredients to boost skin’s glow while improving skin tone and repairing the effects of bobbing for apples in a vat of olive oil. Though these natural ingredients can balance out oily patches and add moisture to winter-weary skin, Collins maintains a retinue of tougher treatments that can renew complexions in need of more care. Her microdermabrasion treatments use real diamonds to buff away rough, line-marked outer layers of skin, and her chemical peels lighten signs of hyperpigmentation and pores. When not treating skin, Collins spends her days waxing away unwanted hair from both bodies and faces and adding eyelash extensions for a touch of glamour.
Aesthetician Kimberly Cizek expertly slathers Cirepil hard wax onto skin for a quick eviction of hair on faces, torsos, and limbs. When she is not busy waxing off unwanted fuzz from clients? bodies, she spreads her knowledge of proper waxing techniques to other aestheticians and novice candlemakers.
Kathrine Heinzman spent a large part of her 25-year career managing Christine Valmy’s flagship salon in Beverly Hills before continuing her beautification pursuits at Dermalogica’s International Dermal Institute education center. At her own Skin and Body Care Center, Kathrine and her team incorporate tools such as Clarisonic skin-cleansing and NuFace skin-lifting to complement a menu of facials and microdermabrasions. Dermalogica products augment the efficacy of treatments as well, with help from Ultraceuticals, Blinc cosmetics, and face massages administered by kittens in knit booties.