Celebrating more than 25 years in the beauty profession––and more than 14 at the helm of Aurora Salon & Spa––Kellie Sullivan Hajjar leads a team of beauty professionals as they update looks with a full menu of salon and spa services. Stylists detach dead ends with trendy cuts or add length with 100% human-hair extensions that use a glue-free system to prevent hair from being damaged or eaten by ravenous kindergarteners. The spa’s skin pros combat acne, aging, and sun damage through custom facials, microdermabrasion, and rejuvenating peels packed with lactic and salicylic acids, and also provide select med-spa services including Botox and permanent makeup.
As a nurse working in intensive care, Antonette "Toni" Dardeno, an RN and certified medical laser safety officer who was a contributing author in CMLSOs' Best Practices in Medical Laser Safety, saw firsthand how advanced medical equipment could change lives. It wasn’t until her personal experience with a dermatologist, however, that she understood the effects lasers could have on the skin. Though this experience became the catalyst for her interest in skincare and medical-grade lasers, it was her passion to help others that led her to establish Laser Enhanced Therapies.
At this laser-centric med spa, Toni and medical adviser Dr. Elliot Lach treat patients with two types of advanced Candela lasers designed to effectively eliminate unwanted hair and leg veins and firm aging skin on a variety of epidermal types. A trained laser technician or nurse reaches for the GentleLase 755 system for pale complexions, while employing GentleYAG 1064 system for those with a darker skin tone. In addition to laser treatments, Toni and crew also clear complexions with facial treatments, such as microdermabrasion, which they enhance with paraben-free MyChelle Dermaceuticals, IMAGE, and Aubrey Organics products.
Even first-time visitors to Hollywood Tans might arrive to the salon with a tanning plan in mind, thanks to the company’s online Tanetics system. By asking questions such as “Do you have indoor tanning experience?” and “How soon do you want to meet your shade goal?” the program generates a tanning schedule tailored to guests envisioned results and timeline. The salon’s standup tanning booths flood skin with the glow of up to 60 built-in bulbs, and the high-pressure booth builds a base tan in as little as one 11-minute session and radiates only 1% UVB rays, which is equivalent to the amount the sun radiates on days when it’s in a good mood. Results can be amplified by one of Hollywood Tan's indoor tanning lotions, while a Mystic spray-tanning booth caters to the sun-shy by misting skin in a rich bronze formula that lasts up to eight days.