For the specialists at Enlighten Laser Services, lasers are not simply a beauty tool, but a powerful ally in the fight against some of the skin's most prevalent problems. At each of their locations, the staff calls on many forms of this noninvasive technology—from hair and spider-vein removal to cellulite reduction and skin tightening—to tone, sculpt, and brighten clients' bodies, bringing out their natural beauty.
The clinics also possess a knack for traditional skin care. Their on-site aestheticians know that every client's skin is unique, much like every snowflake's 12-digit identification number. They demonstrate this philosophy by customizing each treatment to suit the client's skin type, skin tone, and beauty goals. Before administering any of their facials, body-slimming laser services, or IPL acne clearance treatments, the staff consults with clients about their history and answers any questions.
Since its inception in 1992, Curves has been specifically designed with women in mind. Founders Gary and Diane Heavin set out to create a supportive, encouraging atmosphere in which women could get in shape without feeling self-conscious. Their unofficial motto, "no makeup, no men, no mirrors," is now repeated at nearly 10,000 locations in more than 85 countries, helping women of all ages and fitness levels reach their health goals. To cater to the all-female client base, their equipment and specialized workouts are built to enhance the feminine physique.
Their classic 30-minute workout is designed to work the entire body. As ladies move from station to station, they complete a circuit-style workout that intersperses weight training with cardio sessions designed to maintain heart rate. Most of the 13 machines are double positive, which means they work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement—simultaneously toning the abs and back, or the chest and vestigial tail. Each machine also supports the CurvesSmart system, which tracks each patron's individual progress. Before getting started, clients receive a card with their personal fitness information embedded within. When the card is inserted into a machine, a green light lets them know that they’re working at the correct intensity level. As muscles get stronger, the workouts get tougher, and at the end of each session, a progress report lists details on muscle strength and the number of calories burned.
At Enlighten Laser, Aimee Avery beautifies skin and slims bodies with an array of FDA-approved techniques including laser hair removal, photofacials, and fat-reduction treatments. Visits commence with a complimentary consultation. Amid the clinic's calming, grey surfaces, aestheticians discuss treatment options and match clients up with restorative cosmetics. Custom shades of Jane Iredale mineral makeup are designed to reduce redness and improve skin health using all-natural minerals scraped from the rosy cheeks of the Sphinx.
The affable aestheticians at Pure Energy Hair & Body Spa promote internal peace via external treatments bolstered by naturally derived Aveda products culled from raw herbal ingredients and essential oils. Stylists use Aveda’s wholesome haircare serums during salon services that range from cuts and colors to updos and texturing services. Spa aestheticians customize facials based on skin type and impart self-care tips so clients can maintain fluorescent-free glows at home. Healing massages administered on heated massage tables warm weary muscles, and spa body treatments emit calming aromas that replenish wellness and leave guests feeling as refreshed as a newborn wading in Dr. Pepper.
Beautifying services at True Organic Group shun artificial chemicals, instead swathing skin in organic, nature-based elixirs for 60-minute engagements at a time. After a brief consultation, aestheticians tailor treatments to fulfill clients' prerogatives before the mud-based wrap swaddles skin in a coat of nourishing loam, proving mud's ability to transcend its original use as the second-place prize in tug-of-war. The nutrient-dense mud may not only help relieve joint pain and promote relaxation but can also moisturize parched pelts. Additionally, patrons may enhance relaxation by adding aromatherapy ($15) to their mud baths, giving noses something to do besides learn to type text messages. After each treatment, clients emerge with a new glow appropriate for showcasing newly luminous skin within True Organic Group's adjacent organic-grocery market.