When Donna Lee first came to the United States, she made ends meet—despite her lack of English—by working in gas stations and fast-food restaurants. Over time, she scrimped and used her savings to open her own nail salon, Nail Boutik. More than 20 years later, she's still living her American dream. Amid lime-green walls lined with OPI and Essie nail-polish bottles, she and her nail technicians primp hands and feet with products by Amazing Nail Concepts as clients sink into comfy leather recliners. In addition to signature mani-pedis, they apply gel nails and banish muscle tension with specialized massages and stress balls the size of individual tendons.
There may be many aspects to a person's beauty, but Eva focuses on only one—eyelashes—and she does it with care and professionalism. To help clients attain thick, natural-looking lashes that could flutter their way into a butterfly's heart, the eyelash expert applies extensions that add flair and sultriness. Eva is certified by Xtreme Lashes and uses those same products for her professional, noninvasive lengthening procedures that free clients from the burden of regularly applying mascara or gluing on dead pine needles. And to keep the lashes looking fresh and lush, she also offers maintenance appointments at two- and four-week intervals.
As its name suggests, Facelogic Spa prioritizes the primping of the face. Its aestheticians perform more than a dozen facials, including services that use only organic products and treatments tailored to acne, aging, and other common concerns. Their more intensive skincare treatments include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and dermaplaning. Every option is tailored to individual skin type and uses premium products, such as ?minence Organic Skin Care and Image Skin Care. The spa also offers a variety of relaxation and beautifying treatments, from massage therapy to airbrush tanning or waxing.
The spa?s comprehensive menu and penchant for service have made it a popular choice, and today it has locations in Canada, 11 US states, and one drifting iceberg.
At Bath Junkie, shopping is an interactive experience. Upon entering the store, clients peruse bath products, including scrubs and lotions, and pick a base. Then they sniff and hachoo through more than 200 scents, identifying one, two, or three fragrances and a color for their product. With the client's personalized recipe in hand, a beauty expert whips up the formula and readies it for sale. Each product is crafted to minimize harm to the environment, and Bath Junkie offers paraben-free hair products, recyclable containers, and kisses on both cheeks from Mother Nature herself.
Licensed massage therapist and aesthetician Judy Cole keeps her patients feeling and looking rejuvenated with a repertoire of skin treatments and massages. Her 75-minute facials, which include hydrating, clinical, and microdermabrasion modalities, are customized to suit each client’s unique skin conditions. Massages aim to release muscular tension with aromatherapy, hot stones, or deep-tissue techniques.