Like a cake, Napolitano Day Spa Salon is made up of layers, each as tempting as the last. At first glance, the Spa Salon appears to be a boutique. In its orange-walled entrance room, wooden tables and racks showcase clothing, accessories, and beauty products to a soundtrack of modern music. As clients journey past one of the center's two burbling fountains, they enter the salon space, where a team of stylists customizes hair with fashionable cuts and flattering colors. Farther back still, past the bustling stylist stations, is a haven of peace embodied by private spa-treatment rooms, soothing music, and a relaxation room filled with complimentary tea and flattering whispers.
Awarded Seattle Met's Best Facial of 2008, the spa refines visages with nine options that harness Dermalogica and Jan Marini products. Each one comes with a personalized routine for home care, an herbal foot soak with lavender and rosemary, and their signature recipe of non-invasive clinical therapies. Meanwhile, French seaweed, algae, and personalized aromatherapy lend body wraps and massages a touch of nourishment and help clients to prepare for dates with handsome lake monsters.
The staff at Louisville Laser and Spa gives a decidedly simple answer when its patients ask the best way to maintain skin: daily care and healthy living. Its services—many of them designed to make skin look younger—only serve to expedite the process. Administered by an advanced nurse practitioner or an aesthetician, the treatments include laser hair removal, laser skin tightening, chemical peels, pigment removal, spider vein removal, tattoo removal, and microdermabrasion. The spa's most popular option, laser hair removal uses beams of light to reduce and remove unwanted hair on the body. In addition to skincare, technicians use Botox to freeze facial muscles so that wrinkles soften and amateur ventriloquists finally can reach the next level. Louisville Laser and Spa also offers professional teeth whitening.
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Aesthetician Asha Teeter's fascination with beauty began when she waxed her cousin's eyebrows—at the tender age of 14. Her mother had a strict rule against wearing makeup, which Asha cleverly circumvented by learning techniques such as waxing, tweezing, and eyebrow shaping. After graduating from school, she gained some hands-on experience at the elbow of a 20-year skincare veteran, who helped her take her first steps into the world of professional beauty.
Asha’s years of experience—both professional and extracurricular—seem to have paid off. She now works within the relaxing confines of Kyva Beginnings Wellness Spa, beautifying her clients’ skin with a menu of European facials, pumpkin peels, and waxing services. The same spirit of innovation that empowered her as a teenager has led her to explore more advanced treatments as a professional. Her far-infrared sauna treatments aim to detoxify the body and burn calories, and her ionic footbaths draw out toxins and relax soles after record-breaking dance-a-thons.
Bohemian Massage & Bodywork's featured massage therapist, Valerie Kelly, honed her craft at chiropractic offices, spas, and sports-treatment facilities for years. This diversity has helped Valerie develop a signature massage style that fuses therapeutic care with spa-like pampering. Her roster includes clinical treatments, such as therapeutic massages to help rehabilitate after auto accidents and sports-related barroom brawls. She can also perform lavish seaweed wraps and sugar and salt body scrubs. As a trained doula, she has the know-how to help ease pregnancy woes with labor and birth massages or memorialize the experience with plaster belly casts of expectant mothers.
When he was 8, Eastside Primary Care & Wellness's founder, Erik Suh, journeyed from the sandy shores of Seoul, Korea, to the sandy deserts of Dallas, Texas, to fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor. Many years and a board-certified family physician degree later, Dr. Suh heads up a dedicated team that includes a trained aesthetician and naturopathic physician. Together, they focus on building personal relationships with every patient they see and healing ailments using a blend of Western and Eastern medicines.
Overactive allergies can be put at ease with the oral immunotherapy AllergyEasy, and an HCG diet and nutritional IVs help to naturally slenderize figures. Over in the office's med-spa area, guests enjoy skin-pampering Sciton laser treatments such as ThermaScan and MicroLaserPeel, which help to wipe the skin canvas clean of acne, unwanted hair, and sun spots forming imitations of Jackson Pollock paintings. Eastside's healers also plump fine lines with a range of dermal fillers, including Botox and Juvéderm, and they help clients to determine skincare regimens with such beauty brands as Vivité and Clinique Medical.
At Antonio Melani Salon & Spa, there’s more to a haircut than trimming off split ends. Before each treatment, stylists fire off questions to garner information about their clients' visions for their hair, their lifestyles, and their daily routines. They then analyze their face shapes, hair types, and skin tones so they can design a look that accents their features, in addition to their personalities. And after all that, they still don’t start cutting until they treat scalps to a sudsy shampoo and purge stress from the shoulders and neck with a soothing massage. From there, their creativity and hair-cutting talent shines, as they take into account everything gathered from the consultation to create a chic, yet practical style. After ribboning locks with foil highlights or glosses, they style strands with Aveda products and teach clients how to re-create the looks at home or in a telephone booth during a superhero mission.
Though hair is clearly the bread and butter of Antonio Melani, the beauty team also caters to the skin and body with several treatments, including a gentleman’s facial featuring licorice root and hot-stone massages. The aestheticians also smooth skin with sugaring—a gentler and tastier alternative to traditional wax.
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