The staff of licensed physicians, medical professionals, and aestheticians at DeSpain Cayce ensure the long-term health and stunning, untarnished beauty of all skin types with safe, speedy tattoo-removal techniques. Through a series of minutes-long laser treatments spaced four to six weeks apart, technicians gradually fade away tattoos of grocery lists and old addresses until nothing remains but bare, unsullied skin. During each treatment, short bursts of energy from an Astanza Trinity laser target pigment directly, breaking up inked areas in pieces small enough for the body's immune system to naturally flush it away. The nonscarring beam of erasing light safely and effectively removes all colors of subdermal inkings, including blue, green, and invisible.
RiverScape Massage, located inside Shear Madness salon, is the brainchild of Paula M. Harmon, LMT. Paula’s background in biological science gives her keen understanding of the body and mind, which she uses to quell aches during relaxation- and clinical-massage sessions. She recognizes that every body has its own unique challenges, and she is keen to listen to clients and give them a custom massage. Paula can help alleviate pain resulting from a vigorous run, an old injury, plain old age, or help clients relax after a stressful week of work.
The all-lady team at Shear Madness Hair Salon boasts more than two decades of combined experience working in the beauty industry. The successful salon is based upon one fundamental principle: help every client feel more like him- or herself. The stylists carry out that mission by enhancing hair with cuts, styles, and coloring and providing other aesthetic services, including mani-pedis, waxing, and massages. The salon also houses a lineup of beauty products, enabling clients to finally build that shampoo moat around their house.
At Natural Nail Care Salon, manicures are both a soothing indulgence and a step toward healthier hands. The technicians conduct mani-pedi services for natural nails exclusively, grooming and buffing them with Swedish Mavala products that enhance nails' flexibility and strength. Just as the techs avoid artificial nails, their products eschew synthetics: Mavala formulas contain no harsh chemicals, and the salon's Essie and Zoya polishes are formaldehyde-free. Clients sit at a sprawling nail bar that seats up to nine for hand treatments, then retire to pedicure chairs, where stainless-steel foot tubs ensure clean soaks. The attention of the seasoned staff often ensures that polish stays bright for weeks on end, instead of flaking when anxious friends ask to borrow nails for biting.
Nails may be the salon's focus, but each technician also boasts an additional specialty. Salon owner Jessica Stannard channels her hairstyling background with cut, color, and texturizing treatments, and licensed aesthetician Amanda Ancell nourishes complexions. Amanda's facials and chemical peels use personalized combinations of products based on the client's skin type and conditions, and each treatment includes a massage to relieve muscular tension around the cheekbones. The spa menu also includes waxing, eyelash extensions, and permanent-makeup applications.
The experienced aestheticians at Revelation Spa and Salon cosset both hair and skin with rejuvenating treatments. During an all-over hair-color treatment tress tutors enliven locks with coloring in subtle or striking shades, carefully treating strands, folding them in foil, and washing them out. Locks shine with new, rich hues, leaving the salon with more allure than Venus de Milo's modeling career. Alternatively, skilled aestheticians refurbish visages with one-hour chemical peels, during which a choice of soothing solutions coats faces to peel away dead layers of skin. After the old, outer layers have been removed, youthful cells take hold and flourish in their place, reducing the appearance of acne, wrinkles, scars, and temporary tattoos.
The waxing wizards at The Strand are behind many of the smooth, sleek skins of the Columbia area. While ladies can prep their bikini lines, masculine frames can exile follicular foes from the chest or back, vastly reducing the effectiveness of static-cling balloon ambushes. The Strand boasts luxurious spa décor and a convivial staff that imbues the space with a friendly, comforting atmosphere.