North Lake Massage & Skin Care taps the talents of Kristen Cocca Pepin, a former certified athletic trainer, and Bethany Lambrecht, a licensed aesthetician, to create an oasis for relaxation and rejuvenation. Kristen, Michelle, and Corina offer a variety of massage modalities, which range from Swedish and deep tissue to ashiatsu oriental bar therapy—an ancient Eastern Asian treatment that utilizes bars, creams, and oils that target inflammation and initiate pain relief. Bethany, Roxy, and Kris offer Bioelements facials that are customized to each client’s skin needs and include a retinue of cleansing and rejuvenating applications. Other services at North Lake Massage & Skin Care include airbrush tanning, infrared sauna, and waxing.
Amelia Main specializes in makeovers, transforming her human canvases with complexion-brightening treatments or eye-popping lash extensions. So it's fitting that her home salon, Salon 7, has undergone a makeover itself. Though now it comes to life with the sounds of chit chat and the hums of razors, the barbershop-inspired venue once rang with sirens as Reno's 495 Firehouse.
Today, the site gleams with hardwood floors, and has been given a new face decked in local art, which echoes the artistry Amelia puts into each of her services for both men and women. She tailors a roster of facials to her clients' skin, and works to combat the signs of aging with chemical peels and microdermabrasions. She further beautifies faces with makeup applications, and can teach ladies her makeup techniques much more effectively than the professor at clown school ever could.
While some people believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, others believe it resides somewhere closer to the edge. Both groups would feel right at home at The Eyelash Connection, where licensed aestheticians divide their time between helping clients enhance their outward appearances and curating a calm, stress-free environment designed to promote wellness from within. Their signature eyelash extensions help trim minutes off of home makeup routines with waterproof strands that are affixed one by one instead of in false-looking strips. Annual continuing-education courses also help the staffers resharpen skills, which they channel into full-body waxing services and personalized skincare facials designed to treat everything from acne-prone complexions to backs covered in scratch 'n' sniff stickers.
A brushed metal sign atop a cabinet of top industry products sets the stage for the experience at Pacific Sun Tanning Company—a contemporary tanning salon rated No. 1 by the readers of Reno News & Reviews for the last five years. The salon's UV specialists undertake Smart Tan's comprehensive certification before bending the sun's radiation to their will, learning the ins and outs of ray exposure, selecting ideal skincare products, and discerning which compliments will coax Helios into sharing his private stash of solar beams. They can also eschew the sun entirely and bestow beachy glows through custom spray-tan services. The popular tanning facilities and the staff's enthusiastic demeanor have expanded into six locations throughout the Reno and Sparks.
Situated inside an historic house, Powder Room builds on the vintage charm of its surroundings with elegant arm chairs and brocade fabrics. Still, there are enough modern touches here to create a luxurious spa atmosphere that anyone can feel comfortable in. The spa's private rooms house relaxing massage beds and professional products used to cleanse pores during facials. There are also two nail stations where technicians outfit hands and feet with vibrant colors, ombre glitter, or protective knight gloves. As if all that weren't enough, freshly brewed coffee and tea fill the air with soothing aromas.
At Massage Essence, licensed massage therapists and aestheticians beautify and becalm customers? bodies with the help of lotions and organic skincare products. Bodywork modalities range from Swedish relaxation massage to hot-stone, sports, and prenatal treatments, and clients can customize their experience by mixing and matching from a list that includes aromatherapy, and reflexology. Memberships to Massage Essence carry VIP benefits, including discounts, specials, and either a free massage or facial every month.