Though she held a master's degree in social work and worked at the Children's Hospital of Denver, Melissa Risley felt called to help others in another way. She had personally struggled with physical scars and the emotional damage that went along with them, trying a number of different techniques and products to address the issues without success. Risley decided to enter the field of paramedical aesthetics, and came across a technique known as collagen-induction therapy (CIT), which was gaining attention in Europe, Austria, and South Africa.
Not only did CIT improve the wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks that plagued her clients at Dermagrace Cosmetic Rejuvenation, it also brought closure to Risley's own skincare battles. She now specializes in the technique, which uses tiny microneedles to stimulate collagen and elastin in the skin's sub-layers and convince loitering balloon animals to nest somewhere else. She is also certified in permanent makeup, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion, and is a proponent of the Osmosis Skincare line for its noninflammatory ingredients.
Over the last 12 years, Judit Hillman has mastered hairstyling techniques at chic resorts such as the Ritz Carlton and Montage Laguna Beach. Now, she shares her skills at her own studio in Highlands Ranch. She shapes hair with precise haircuts and infuses locks with stylish color treatments using a botanically derived coloring product with an essential-oil-cream base that preserves the hair's health. Then, she styles tresses using vegan haircare products by brands such as Alfaparf Milano color, Kevin Murphy, and ColorProof, all of which are free of sulfates, parabens, carcinogens, and a host of other undesirable elements.
All too often, visits to the spa seem like an inaccessible luxury. Skin Care Essentials incentivizes regular pampering sessions, however, offering discounted prices for facials if purchased in “bulk.” The list of skin services includes a classic deep-pore-cleansing facial with steam, massage, and exfoliation; a more aggressive Jessner’s peel, designed to resurface the face and reduce discoloration; and a treatment that is specially designed for those who suffer from rosacea. Waxing services for the lip, brows, and chin make skin extra smooth.
Jenna Lynn has had a few bad experiences at hair salons in her time. On several occasions, she requested one hairstyle only to leave the salon with a drastically different look. But, instead of swearing off salons, she decided to enter the hairstyling world herself and improve it for others. She enrolled in beauty school and apprenticed under lauded hair artists, mastering advanced cut and color techniques. Now, she helps those who visit Dolce Vita Salon & Spa achieve the precise look they're after, whether it requires customized color, a chic haircut, or a formal up-do.
From a child’s first trim to a bride’s big day, the stylist at The Hair Loft expertly execute any hair situation. She cuts away split ends, removes unwanted length, and neatens men’s hairlines with scissors, shavers, and miniature weed whackers. New colors find their way into manes with strategically placed highlights, and a medley of hairpins and hair spray keeps every last strand in place for updos.
Monica Zakry received her coloring certification from Pravana Natureceuticals, as well as her hair extensions certificate from So.Cap. In addition, she offers haircuts for men and women and conditioning services, all inside of Dolce Vita Salon and Spa, a welcoming space where clients are served a beverage and can tap into the free WiFi before their appointment.