A former Miss Seattle, board-certified physician Dr. Amy Miller knows firsthand how important it is to feel confident in your own skin. Having always possessed an interest in skincare and a desire to help others feel beautiful, she traded her pageant gown for a white lab coat and now spends much of her time training other physicians in the use of medical lasers. At St. Louis Skin Solutions, Dr. Miller helms a small staff that includes a licensed aesthetician and supervises all skin treatments, including laser hair and tattoo removal, Botox, and cellulite reduction. Beyond cosmetic enhancement, staff use their skincare expertise to screen for skin cancer, and can also harness laser energy to remove spider veins that don’t respond to being slapped with a shoe.
The staff at Pure Harmony Day Spa unleashes an arsenal of naturally derived products during each beauty and wellness ritual. Scented towels, lava stones, and essential oils flavor massage treatments, and facials and chemical peels harvest healthy complexions with doses of alpha-hydroxy acids and botanical extracts. Organic wax adheres to unwanted body bristle, and therapists cloak bodies with seaweed and sea salt to imbue skin with moisture. Upon check-in, spa clients may visit Pure Harmony’s complimentary steam room before they luxuriate in a lounge void of cell-phone beeps and cooing carrier pigeons. Inside khaki-colored treatment rooms, relaxation recipients alight on contoured beds, and salon visitors perch upon ivory-hued pedicure chairs bolstered by whirlpool foot tubs.
At Salon Papillon, owner Teresa Brewer and her staff of stylists and estheticians beautify clients with a range of hair-care services, mani-pedis, and facials. The staff uses products from more than 20 top industry brands, diversifying their products in order to address each client’s unique style or affinity for gold-plated ponytails.
The experienced string pullers at I Browse and Eyebrows Threading eradicate unwanted hairs with gentle twists and tugs of 100% cotton thread. The ancient technique entraps and evacuates stray strands in the direction of the follicle, minimizing the risk of the unsightly cuts and irritation associated with machete-based methods of hair removal. Opt for an eyebrow-threading session to leave eye overhangs with a more defined arch and shape (an $11 value). Face havers can also opt to depilate their upper lips (a $6+ value) or chins (an $8+ value). Threaded areas can stay smooth for anywhere from two to eight human weeks, or 14–56 dog weeks.
The stylists at Matthew Robert Color + Design begin each visit with a consultation in order to create an accurate CAD blueprint of a hair design that works with your face shape, lifestyle, and personal requests while still being structurally sound enough to weather earthquakes. Once they've sculpted your disheveled noodle nest into a magnificent mane, they'll give you a styling lesson so that you can recreate the new 'do at home without having to install a height-adjustable salon chair. Next, a custom-blended Powerdose deep-conditioning treatment will airlift heavy buildup from each follicle, add volume to quiet locks, and amp up highlights and lowlights. This process will prepare locks for your choice of a shine-enhancing color treatment, feature highlights, or a single-process color.