If you've watched the Emmy Awards recently, you've seen the work of stylist Jason Ashkenazi, who can take credit for more than a few of that ceremony's celebrity 'dos. But long before Jason ever got close to famous tresses, he practiced his craft for years in New York and Los Angeles. Today, he continues to lend his talents to fashion events, editorial photo shoots, and secret Illuminati meetings attended by Hollywood's biggest stars.
Ornate chandeliers hang from sleek metal rafters at From Within MedSpa, a complementary pairing that echoes Charlene and Fred Williams's blend of Eastern and Western healing philosophies. Fred helms the Eastern-style services, performing chakra balancing, reiki therapy, and jin shin jyutsu to remove swallowed Legos and other roadblocks from energy pathways. Charlene, a registered nurse who’s received advanced training from the Esthetic Skin Institute, relies on Western approaches to attend to beauty concerns. She helps smooth away fine lines with dermal fillers and chemical peels, and she contours physiques with HCG weight-loss programs. In addition to one-on-one appointments, the med spa routinely hosts wedding or Botox parties.
The array of eyelash extension options at Lash Factor Studio Eyes, Brows & Face can be a little overwhelming—they include several different packages as well as add-ons such as mink lashes—which is why it's a good thing specialists hold consultations before each service. During this time, they help clients select the proper length and hue from the studio's collection of faux lashes, which are delicately curled with a tapered tip to mimic natural lashes. The certified aestheticians then individually adhere each extension to the eyelid’s original fringe as clients chat them up or kick back with their iPods for quick snoozes. All faux strands cling to the pre-existing lashes for the duration of the natural lashes' growth cycle (up to two months) and, being water-resistant, they can endure swimming, crying, and backstroking through a pool of tears.
Kelly Muzall, registered nurse and founder of Estudio de Piel, surrounds herself with beauty professionals who continually pursue ongoing education. Their credentials, like every DeLorean ever made, reach into the past and future—licensed massage therapist Kevin Barry has more than a quarter century of experience in the field, but has broadened his skill set to include deep-water massage and spiritual medicine. Physician assistant Katie O’Brien held director-level positions at clinics across the heartland before planting roots at Estudio de Piel. She also founded a consulting business that trains physicians and nurses to administer injectables. Though Barry and O’Brien represent only two of several professionals, they embody the level of expertise at Estudio de Piel. Each time someone clinches a new certification, the spa adds another service. Since opening, the spa has added microdermabrasions, chemical peels, sclerotherapy, and laser treatments to its menu.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Dermaplaning and Chemical Peels
Brands Used: PCA and 100% Pure
Pro Tip: This private studio allows for the focus to be 100% about the client without distractions.
Brands Used: PCA, 100% Pure
Board certified in medical esthetics, owner and nurse practitioner Deanna Collier is devoted to rejuvenating and enhancing her patients' natural features. Bring in wrinkled facial canvasses to be remounted and used in the art of nonsurgical Botox injections. Injections are quick—usually about 10 minutes—requiring no anesthesia and resulting in little to no downtime. The number of units required to treat an area may vary, but on average, 20 units can be used to treat mild to moderate frown lines between the eyes, with results lasting up to four months. Since the amount of life-lemons and wrinkles varies from person to person, additional units for larger treatment areas can be bought at normal cost ($12.50/unit).