Bored with a corporate job pushing paper, KC Mecklenburg opted to pamper guests with the warm, personal touch of custom spa services. The trained and certified aesthetician holds court at Salon a Bella, where she greets visitors with tailored skincare services. Along with sugar scrubs and enzyme masks, KC's facials include a gentle massage and the warming touch of a heated treatment table. She also administers chemical peels and waxing services, and is always ready to gush about her English bulldog, Jackson, and his never-ending doctoral thesis.
Lynn Duncan is a proud perfectionist. “In this business, I’d have it no other way,” she says. At Lynn Duncan Permanent Cosmetics, the multicertified practitioner makes sure her clients' makeup is flawless—and permanent. She also offers microdermabrasion, teeth whitening, and eyelash extensions.
Legacy Salon and Day Spa's facial services smooth over epidermal erosion and melt away the weathered granite of gargoyle mugs to reveal the cherubic visages underneath. Yank out the roots of blackhead radishes with an acne-clearing facial ($80), or go from Two-Face to Catwoman with a pigment balancing facial ($75). A practiced technician stands at the ready to arm male and female kissers with anti-aging ameliorants or vitamin-infused serums, and any facial can be upgraded to a skin-buffing microdermabrasion treatment (a $125 value) for an additional $25.
Esthetics by Liliya's sanctuary houses aestheticians who administer regenerative beauty treatments, such as facials, peels, and waxing services. The 80-minute complexion facial starts with a skin analysis, which informs aestheticians on how to properly implement customized cleansing measures, before an enzyme exfoliation mask opens pores, necessary extractions are made, and an additional mask is designed based on your skin type and Halloween costume. The treatment concludes with a moisturizer application and soothing face, shoulder, hand, and head massage.
Capricio Salon & Spa offers beauty opportunities for nearly every body part, all of which feature high-quality products such as Redken, Bodyography, and Dermalogica. The 45-minute express face treatment ($41+) deep-cleans, smoothly exfoliates, and hyper-hydrates skin in seven minutes less than 52 minutes, and airbrush tanning ($30) imparts pretty, beach-like pigments quickly. For an extended pelt pampering, the 75-minute environmental control treatment ($59+) soothes and smoothes red, itchy, and burr-ridden skin. Follicle services range from basic haircuts ($24+ for women, 18+ for men) to Japanese keratin straightening treatments ($100/hour). If you'd rather weed strands from your follicle garden, consider waxing and threading services.
Exposed ductwork and an installation piece made of twigs hang over racks teeming with colorful OPI polish. It’s within this sleek, modern environment that aesthetician Alix quickly transforms patrons—not with polish, but with wax. She leads clients into private treatment rooms, where she deftly removes unwanted hair from the face and body.