After having her eyebrows irrevocably etched at the age of 18, Kelly Hemmerich became a believer in permanent cosmetics and its ability to shorten morning routines. Since 1998, she has honed her own skills as a certified permanent makeup artist. She offers two modes of application when enhancing features: SoftTap, which reduces discomfort, and a digital rotary machine that’s able to simulate eyebrow hairs and lessen touch-up times.
Tucked away in downtown St. Charles, Eliza Jane’s girlie-girl boutique glimmers with trendy accessories and colorful jewelry crafted by 35 local artists, three of who are teen entrepreneurs. A pressed tin ceiling and soft lights hang above a hardwood floor, where the colors pink and white feature strongly among accessories—such as kitchsy purses, vintage bracelets, and stuffed animals—that overflow from tall glass shelving units and tables covered with printed cloth. After customers snag a specialty gift for baby, teacher, or self, Eliza Jane's staff can swaddle it in complimentary pink and brown wrapping. Ladies in need of a pick-me-up can pamper bodies with nonchip mani-pedis, facials, and waxing treatments.
At CS Massage, a licensed massage therapist calls on a fully stocked toolbox to thwart everyday tension and chronic pain. There are the standards, of course, such as traditional Swedish and deep-tissue techniques. But customers will also find more unusual apparatuses in their tranquil, private treatment rooms, such as lava stones, body brushes, and cups for Chinese cupping therapy. The therapists use these tools to soften the skin and suss out tightness lurking in deeper muscle layers as their clients recline on heated, Tempur-Pedic-topped massage beds, their noses savoring aromatherapy scents and their necks fully supported by cushioned wraps and "Neck for President" wall signs.
Doctor Landon Pryor and his team of medical professionals enhance their clients' aesthetic appeal with cosmetic treatments that smooth skin and fight signs of aging. Laser energy removes unwanted hair on the body by heating the follicle and removes unsightly veins without disrupting neighboring tissues, prompting them to call the cops. Trained RNs inject crumpled skin with dermal fillers that plump surfaces or inhibit muscle activity that cause wrinkles. Meanwhile, cosmetic surgery lifts, reduces, or enhances specific body parts to build confidence and alleviate discomfort.
The expert aestheticians at Skin Deep Med Spa deploy a cornucopia of facials and body treatments designed to bolster youthful smoothness and inner peace. Before undergoing any of the spa’s signature facials⎯such as the redness therapy facial, AHA Rapid Exfoliator, or pomegranate pore-cleansing facial⎯a keen-eyed skin technician evaluates faces to determine skin characteristics. Zerona body-contouring treatments seek to slim down bodies by targeting lipids beneath the skin with photons, and waxing treatments de-fuzz excess forestry from virtually anywhere on the body.
Ranked among America's 200 fastest-growing salons in the January 2009 issue of Salon Today, My Salon smoothes and styles patrons' head quarters with an array of services. In the Brazilian keratin smoothing treatments, the salon's experienced stylists coat cranial carpeting in the plant-derived protection of Brazilian Blowout Zero. Free of formaldehyde and other harsh chemicals, the product John Hancocks each strand with a signature blend of essential amino acids, liberating tresses from the tyrannical grip of frizz. Following the three-hour treatment, patrons can flaunt their shiny locks at the office, at friends' houses, and aboard charmingly haunted tall ships for up to 12 weeks.