Aesthetician Asha Teeter's fascination with beauty began when she waxed her cousin's eyebrows—at the tender age of 14. Her mother had a strict rule against wearing makeup, which Asha cleverly circumvented by learning techniques such as waxing, tweezing, and eyebrow shaping. After graduating from school, she gained some hands-on experience at the elbow of a 20-year skincare veteran, who helped her take her first steps into the world of professional beauty.
Asha’s years of experience—both professional and extracurricular—seem to have paid off. She now works within the relaxing confines of Kyva Beginnings Wellness Spa, beautifying her clients’ skin with a menu of European facials, pumpkin peels, and waxing services. The same spirit of innovation that empowered her as a teenager has led her to explore more advanced treatments as a professional. Her far-infrared sauna treatments aim to detoxify the body and burn calories, and her ionic footbaths draw out toxins and relax soles after record-breaking dance-a-thons.
Since putting the finishing touches on the hairdo of their first customer more than 10 years ago, Attitudes Salon’s crew of talented stylists has worked diligently to foster a welcoming atmosphere while offering a slew of fashionable services. So dedicated is the team to both keeping their skills honed and remaining abreast of current trends that it regularly engages in training courses. Specializing in snipping chic styles, the stylists meet with each client for a pre-cut consultation to come up with a style that will flatter their features and express their personality. Throughout the day, the salon remains abuzz with staffers highlighting hair, waxing brows, and restoring radiance to fingers that have mistaken paint buckets for soap dispensers.
RedWood Aesthetics melts away stress over relaxing sessions of muscle kneading and body beautification. As guests tuck in to private treatment rooms, tranquil music or blissful silence puts their minds at ease while therapists work out cramps and kinks with such modalities as Swedish, pregnancy, and hot stone massage. Waxing services defoliate undesired fuzzy patches, making skin as smooth as a baby’s polished granite collection.
Surrounded by cream- and mocha-hued walls while facing full-length mirrors, clients nestle into salon chairs as stylists detach split ends and add in colorful highlights. Across the salon, conventional tanning beds add bronze color to bodies, while a spray-tanning session darkens skin sans melted caramel baths. While at the salon, guests can pick up beauty products such Chi, Australian Gold, Matrix, and Bed Head, showcased in sleek cubed black-and-white shelving units.
Island Breeze Tanning darkens skin with both UV and UV-free options. Their conventional, high-pressure, and standup booths can bronze skin in as little as 12 minutes, or certified airbrush technicians will quickly and evenly coat bodies using custom tanning solutions. If clients have trouble choosing the right service, they need only ask the staff, each of whom is Smart Tan certified and has completely forgotten the definition of the word pale.
Even though she’s the owner of Auburn Electrology & Skin Care, Carol Ray still heads to work each day with the same enthusiasm as when she first started her career in aesthetics. She constantly enhances her expertise by attending continuing-education classes and writing pop-quiz questions on her herbal body wraps. She displays her ever-sharpening skills to clients as she removes hair and red veins with electrolysis, extends lashes for up to three months with Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions, and clears out pores with European facials. She draws from an arsenal of products that include Dermalogica skincare formulas and Relax & Wax No-Scream Cream—also available for purchase.