Henna artists accent the newly minted skin with ornately crafted floral patterns and designs. With henna cones in hand, they weave images that vary in detail, from simple yet striking dragonflies and Ankh symbols to larger and more elaborate illustrations of elephants, rabbits, and trees. Ceremonial henna tattoos decorate bodies with a reddish brown ink that's believed to bring good luck. Customers can further enhance their features at the hands of threading artists, who brandish strands of thin cotton to meticulously shape eyebrows and remove unwanted facial hair. The process is quicker and gentler than traditional waxing, allowing patrons to stop by whenever they're on lunch or have placed an identically dressed mannequin at their desk.
At Spa Bamboo 235, beauty and the planet are held in equally high regard. That's why the spa only uses paraben-, chemical-, and fragrance-free products that do not test on animals. Spa Bamboo 235 even gives clients extra incentive to splurge on beauty?and feel extra good about it?by giving 15% off beauty products when clients recycle their old product bottles. And as for the beauty part: the spa specializes in skincare, offering services such as diamond-peel microdermabrasion, sugaring hair removal, and enzyme peels. And all facial treatments include facial massage with warm and cold stones that inspire calm, not to mention the feelings of satisfaction that come with caring for the planet instead of burning down a neighbor's wind farm.
Arizona Permanent Makeup's Mary Ellen worked in nursing before deciding to combine two of her passions—creativity and caring for others—into a career as a permanent-makeup artist. Having trained under a certified micropigmentation instructor, Mary Ellen uses only high-quality, hypoallergenic inks for her permanent-makeup procedures, which can help women feel more confident while simplifying their morning makeup routines. Using a fine, sterile needle, Mary Ellen implants pigment into the brows, lips, or eyelids to create a custom look that is as natural or dramatic as the client chooses. Aside from defining features, the procedure can also be used to add a beauty mark or to correct irregularities caused by scars or blemishes.
At Blondies Salon/Body, pampering begins the minute clients walk in the door and they?re handed complimentary cups of coffee or glasses of water. Once thirst is defeated, experienced stylists use Redken products to help men, women, and children achieve fresh new dos that compliment their lifestyles and superhero alter egos. Blondies' resident aesthetician draws upon seven years of experience when beautifying skin during cleansing facials, peels, and waxing treatments. Elsewhere, Blondies? meticulous nail tech amplifies high fives with classic manicures or treats keratin with gel polish, which delivers color that lasts up to five weeks.
Don't mistake Skintegrity for a spa. Sure, it has a casual, relaxed vibe, but the treatments here hew more to the paramedical side of things, and the goal is to produce results that last long after the visit. That's why clients often return every month or "skin cycle" for treatments.
Kim Dyer has been a licensed skin therapist for more than 15 years, and she's carved out a space where licensed skincare workers tap into advanced technology to ameliorate skin imperfections, such as acne and dryness. So whether clients come in for a facial from a licensed skincare specialist, a medical dermo-corrective procedure such as a photofacial, or a microdermabrasion, they'll be privy to monthly treatments designed specifically for their faces. Skintegrity's custom-tailored skincare regimens help guests sustain healthy complexions by staying one step ahead of blemishes, much like a wily raccoon that wakes up at 3 a.m. to get first pluck of your garden's strawberries.
The aestheticians at Innovation Skin Care believe healthy and glowing skin begins with regular exfoliation. They perform more than 70 different facials—all with a healthy dose of scrubbing—as well as professional enzyme peels, which dissolve the dirt, dead cells, and traces of last year’s Halloween candy that sully skin’s surface. The office’s sleek black shelves are lined with dozens of serums from Rhonda Allison, a professional skincare line that relies heavily on natural acids to gently exfoliate skin.