Skin Alive and its aesthetician school, Mequon Thiensville School of Esthetics, are devoted to the study and practice of skincare. Clients can choose to visit the hands-on student-learning center for aesthetic services performed by students under instructor supervision, or head to the Skin Alive spa for services performed by a licensed professional. Both offer basic beauty services, such as facials, peels, and waxing, but the licensed aestheticians at Skin Alive can also slough off dead skin cells with diamond-tip microdermabrasion, rejuvenate skin with lasers, and vanquish unwelcome hair with laser hair-removal treatments that leave skin smoother than a cue ball smothered in olive oil.
At Katie Eyelash Extensions, located within Le Prince Salon, an aesthetician draws on years of beauty-industry experience to keep clients groomed and styled from eyebrows to toes. She decorates fingernails and toenails during mani-pedis, waxes away unwanted body hair, and lengthens eyelashes with extensions that last up to four weeks. For a flirtatious curl, opt for the eyelash perming treatment.
My Escape Spa and Tan stays true to its name by inviting guests to escape from the stressors of everyday life and relax within an environment punctuated by tanning and spa services. Patrons can gain bronze tones in UV tanning beds or with UV-free airbrush or spray tans. Other services include body wraps, hydration therapy, and massage beds.
In their six private design and pampering rooms, the hair benders of La'shus Hair Designs & Day Spas perform luxury salon treatments and skin-smoothing spa services, and present a toothsome menu of juice, café fare, and coffee drinks. Put upstart strands in place with a designer cut ($69+) and nibble a cookie ($4) into the profile of a favorite Cheers cast member. Transform tresses with an all-over permanent color ($89+), and put the remainder toward a facial ($85+) that seals its skin-revitalizing treatment with a personalized mask and moisturizer. A multivitamin body treatment ($125) helps to dissipate dark spots and reduce wrinkles, and renders the epidermis as smooth as the surface of a freshly poured fruit slush ($8–$10). Though this Groupon is only redeemable from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., La'shus Hair Design is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the convenience of sleep-walking salonistas.
The decor at W Salon and Spa—curled chandeliers, furniture upholstered with monochrome prints, and antique-looking wooden bureaus at each styling station—evokes an Enlightenment-era salon steeped in serenity. The literary setting is appropriate since the staff views the venue as a sanctum for the self, where guests can sink into relaxed introspection. With a team that specializes in a number of fields, the spa addresses a sweeping spectrum of services to facilitate such pampered meditation.
A licensed cosmetologist primps complexions with makeup applications and eyelash extensions, and a certified massage therapist calls upon five modalities to put physiques at ease more effectively than a soothing impression of Morgan Freeman narrating a documentary about sloths. Hair- and skincare treatments benefit from Unite and Sonya Dakar products, respectively.
On the spa's medical side, technicians combat wrinkles with Botox injections and curtail unwanted hair growth with carefully aimed laser treatments. The beauticians also host spa parties, accommodating wedding groups and celebrations for expectant mothers as well as birthdays.
That is not a mummy on the table. At Full of Life Weight Loss & Wrap Spa, the staff nourish clients in vitamins, minerals, and herbs and swaddle them in wraps as they lie in repose, relaxing as the treatment works to flush out impurities and nourish and tighten the skin. Whole-body treatments such as the Suddenly Slender wrap and the Anti-Aging wrap were designed to hydrate the skin, detox the body, and improve appearance with all-natural ingredients. Nonsurgical facelift wraps work from a similar principal?aestheticians wrap the face in bandages and medical tape as restorative minerals suffuse the skin and work to soften fine lines. Wraps can also be applied to the feet and hands to detoxify, slow the aging process, and improve scores during the Hokey Pokey portion of beauty pageants. All services are completed in the comforts of relaxing spa environment located 15 minutes from downtown San Diego.