Physician and Balanced Health and Wellness founder Dr. Mary Alavi may not be a mapmaker, but she does understand that knowing where you are is the first step toward getting to where you want to be. She created the center after years of watching her patients suffer from premature aging and degenerative diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, knowing full well that many cases could have been preventable had her patients merely stopped to examine the signs. Her whole-person approach to health care includes a detailed exploration of each patient's history, lifestyle, genetic factors, and favorite episode of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, which allows her to outline a custom treatment plan. This road map to wellness might include medical screening or lab testing, nutrition plans or fitness protocols led by a certified personal trainer, or even visits with a life coach. Dr. Alavi's balanced approach to wellness also inspired her to make changes in her own life—since 2003, she's lost and kept off an inspirational 60 pounds, and she continues to share her own personal successes and failures to encourage her patients to stay on track.
The patient-centered philosophy at Balanced Health and Wellness is evident in the lobby, where guests relax in antique-style chairs and make small talk with a grandfatherly hardwood clock. Staffers present clients with tea or flavored water before directing them to sessions with a massage therapist or an aesthetician, or to a consultation with the office's certified laser technician, who sets his smoothing sights on hair, spider veins, fine lines, and age spots.
In cosmetology school, MieleDolce founder Luis Iturralde let his fellow students wax him for a class demonstration. His allergic reaction to the chemical wax made it a demonstration of more than proper waxing technique; his brief modeling gig also showed the importance of beauty treatments that avoid irritating skin. Iturralde carried this lesson to his spa, MieleDolce, where the staff sidestep chemical waxes in favor of threading or electrolysis.
The center’s specialty, however, consists of extending hair: its semipermanent silk and mink lash extensions come in a variety of lengths and curvatures, and technicians ensure a natural look by attaching them hair by hair. Additional services range from slimming body wraps infused with aloe vera and herbs to micro skin needling, an anti-aging treatment that can combat wrinkles, scarring, and signs of playing rugby in a crawlspace.
As her client reclines, Nina of Absolute Lash isolates a single natural lash, to which she affixes one Xtreme Lash with a high-performance adhesive, then repeats. She does this 50–120 times during each 90-minute session, and she does it expertly, thanks to more than 15 years of experience performing the eye-enhancement service. Certified in aesthetics by Derma Elite Academy, Nina's also an advanced certified Xtreme Lashes stylist, accomplishing services ranging from natural to novelty lashes that come in pink, purple, and orange. Whether working with colored or natural lashes, her training allows her to curve, lengthen, and thicken the lashes to suit each client's eye shape, features, and number of eyes. In addition to lash enhancement, Nina can peel away unwanted body hair with waxing services or apply a body-art glitter tattoo that, unlike traditional tattoos and beanie-baby collecting, doesn't last forever.
The Lash Lounge's founder Anna Phillips—an advanced certified eyelash extension trainer—once traveled the nation, imparting the art of semipermanent eyelash application to scores of fellow lash artists. Now, at all of Lash Lounge's locations, Anna and her team work to ensure that every guest returns to their day-to-day activities batting fuller, darker lashes. They meticulously apply each synthetic strand to a natural lash with medical-grade glue, imbuing peepers with a customized, natural look that can last up to two months with proper care. Applying lashes of varying lengths, thicknesses, and degrees of curl, they have earned the praise of publications including Allure magazine and Women's Wear Daily.
The Lash Lounge also strives to eliminate lengthy daily makeup applications with permanent makeup services. After a complimentary consultation, Anna and her staff of licensed aestheticians and permanent-makeup artists precisely apply permanent eyeliner, lip color, or third eyebrows. For those who prefer makeup that washes off, she has concocted her own line of mineral cosmetics, brushes, and primers.
The technicians at Lash Out Loud believe that the body's smallest curves can radiate the most personality. They adhere mink and synthetic extensions to natural lashes, adding flattering length to lids and filling in gaps with "relash" appointments. Techs also complement facial features with permanent makeup; their expertly stenciled brows and eyeliner frame peepers, and lip color avoids embarrassing smudges caused by sweat or attempts at kissing your own reflection on the cheek. Each service is customized to the aesthetic preferences of the client, whether she hopes to make her morning routine more convenient or avoid allergy symptoms caused by traditional products.
Dr. Richard Nevins is a certified optometrist helping oglers observe and oscillate in comfort. During the approximately 20-minute Latisse-treatment consultation, Dr. Nevins will evaluate a patient's suitability for Latisse, an FDA-approved treatment that lengthens lashes with a regimen of eyelash drops, encouraging the growth of darker, fuller lashes and assisting in lifelong attempts at flight. For patrons with dry, itchy eyes, the dry-eye screening provides treatment recommendations to help find relief. With the promise of glamorous lashes or smooth-swiveling orbs, motivated oculars can take in Dr. Nevins’s Elvis-themed decorations, admiring reflections in gold-plated records and plotting ways to filch white-winged suits.