Jazmin Spa, which has locations throughout the Atlanta area, caters to its clients' cosmetic needs while still indulging them with a luxurious spa experience. Its massage therapists provide a brief reprieve from everyday stress by using an assortment of therapeutic modalities to soothe tense muscles. Microdermabrasion wands conceal common signs of aging, such as wrinkles, uneven tone, and tattoos showing support for the League of Nations. Similarly, its nail technicians elevate straightforward mani-pedi treatments by incorporating anything from warm-lotion massages and exfoliating sea-salt scrubs to peppermint foot soaks and heated basalt stones.
Indulgence isn't the only goal, though—the aestheticians also strive to create dramatic cosmetic changes utilizing products that can't be purchased by the general public as well as advanced spa procedures. PCA peels, which are only administered by licensed healthcare professionals that have been trained to use them, help resurface skin.
It would probably be more efficient to ask Joan Bell Carroll about what she doesn't do. As the founder of Browz Makeup Bar, she is, of course, a makeup artist and aesthetician, but her skill set includes more than just creating a pretty face. She is also a licensed aesthetics instructor, and teaches courses at Browz on basic and advanced makeup artistry, waxing, and even pole and belly dancing. Inside her studio—a chocolate-hued space accented with pops of orange and blue—she hosts a diverse range of events that includes everything from birthday and lingerie parties to photo shoots and dance classes.
But since opening Browz nearly 20 years ago, Joan's specialty has always been brow and makeup services. She and her team can shape brows however clients prefer, whether by waxing, threading, tweezing, or pixellating. They also remove unwanted hair elsewhere with a complete selection of body waxing treatments. They create flawless skin with airbrush makeup applications, and can lengthen lashes with semi-permanent extensions or temporary strip or individual lashes.
Sol Oasis's founder and veteran manicurist, KaSundra, earned her stripes in the upscale salons of New York and Atlanta before getting the opportunity to work on the high-profile hands of Hollywood stars such as Terrance Howard, Kelly Hu, and Regina King. Welcoming only one client at a time in her tranquil spa, KaSundra is able to lavish each guest with her undivided attention as she performs a wide array of nail and spa treatments. She incorporates natural and organic products into her many services, which include facials, makeup application, Chinese finger-trap removal, and waterless pedicures that are safer and more sanitary than normal pedicures. As natural light peeks through decorative window screens and visitors kick back in a plush, olive-colored throne, KaSundra treats hands and feet like royalty.
The trained therapists at Urban Temple Studio Spa unwind tight spines, smooth skin, and detoxify bodies in the intimate studio. Clients melt into a bed in the private treatment room to the tune of their choice of music, from zen to smooth jazz. During each massage treatment, a therapist tailors kneads to fit the client's pressure preference while helping to improve circulation and detoxify the body.
Other purifying options include hydrotherapy full-body wraps, which purge toxins using herbs, mud, and seaweed. Urban Temple's spa packages offer themed days of relaxation, such as chocolate-centric treatments for 8- to 15-year-olds, indulgent massages and facials for adults, and romantic spa services for couples looking to bond without building an Ikea furnace together.
Ruby Beauty Center lends Eastern flair to salon and spa services that beautify hands, feet, hair, and skin. Henna imbues manes with rich auburn tones ($25+) or, during mendhi sessions, dapples hands with intricate designs of flowers, leaves, and bar-exam answers ($7+ per hand). Staffers daub away unwelcome whiskers from underarms with powerful wax ($7) or gently twist free visage vines with threading ($20 for full face). A thermo herb facial ($55) undoes the effects of tense muscles and gorgon-staring contests by evacuating pores with warmth and salving skin with botanical ingredients.
A locally owned and operated children's beauty salon, Tortoise & the Hair seeks to provide quality nail- and haircare to younger customers while understanding parental needs. Child visitors to the salon can aim oculars at a selection of German expressionist children's films while receiving their full mani-pedi. The Glamour Girl package introduces pintsize princesses to beauty styling sans industrial marker using a flat iron or full curls, a partial mini manicure, and a royal application of toenail polish.