For the past 20 years, seasoned physician Dr. Birgit Toome has spearheaded Appearance Dermatology?s crusade against epidermal antagonists, a devotion that has garnered her multiple years in the Daily Journal's One of the Best listings. Dr. Toome and her team of assistants stay abreast of the latest medical and cosmetic skin treatments, remedying conditions of all kinds. Their arsenal of 13 noninvasive laser devices can resolve a range of epidermal maladies, from acne scars and freckles to unwanted hair and blatantly plagiarized birthmarks.
The Makeup Bar Salon may be named for its chair-lined countertops that brim with signature cosmetics, but its staff of stylists and aestheticians brings much more than just makeup artistry to the table. Supervised by Lisa Severino, a makeup artist with more than 20 years of experience, the salon’s many claims to fame include a seaweed facial that was a 2011 Pick by InStyle magazine and a blow-dry bar with a choice of three styling options: tousled, straight, or Louis XIV. Meanwhile, eyebrow specialists flaunt years of over-eye artistry in brow-shaping sessions that both correct past tweezing blunders and ensure flattering contours when brows grow out. Clients can put a bow on their spa and salon services with exclusive cosmetics, whether the salon’s own or the feng-shui-inspired Color Elements line designed by Severino herself.
“Excellent of its kind”—one of the lesser-known definitions of the word beautiful—is a guiding principle for the staff at Beautiful Waxing Boutique. They use the most advanced techniques and natural products available to provide expert, comfortable hair-removal services in a tranquil, elegant boutique. The wax used in the salon is made with organic ingredients, such as naturally antibacterial beeswax, and each service can be customized to each client’s hair and skin type. All-natural, locally made body scrubs soothe the skin and thwart ingrown hairs with essential oils and Dead-Sea salt. For clients who are obsessed with sussing out patterns, the sugaring services also feature housemade, organic products.
Dimple Threading Salon's eponymous cosmetologist adds cheeky flair to faces with her quick and hypoallergenic threading and waxing treatments. Honing her skills in her native India, Dimple now wields 10 years of experience to carefully sculpt brows and depilate faces using the ancient method of threading. When targeting larger areas on her female clients, Dimple dips her disposable waxing wands into hypoallergenic Satin Smooth wax just once to ensure no contamination as she wheedles away hair from legs, arms, and three-piece fur suits.
The Pink Orchid MedSpa, an extension of the Women’s Health Network regional Obstetric and Gynecological center, combines specialty medical service and traditional spa treatments, all under the watchful eye of a medical director. The Swedish massage rebalances minds and soothes muscles with 50–55 minutes of long, light movements to improve circulation followed by deeper, muscle-loosening motions performed with Swedish meatball gloves, with 5–10 minutes for removal and re-donning of your spa robe. For visages in need of perking up or calming down, the signature facial tackles individuals' specific skin issues. Aestheticians first identify problem pores under a magnifying glass, whisking away whiteheads and blackheads and exfoliating dead skin before massaging mugs into relaxed, doughy contentment. To finish, the aesthetician coats the face in a mask of Germaine de Capuccini skincare products specifically chosen to nourish each client's particular skin type.
For the over six years it has been open, the tools of the hair-removal trade have remained simple at Anjuthreads. A bit of baby powder here, some Aveda toner to close pores there. And the most important item in the aestheticians' toolkit: pure cotton thread from India. Thread in hand, one of Anjuthreads' experts twists and rolls over the unwanted hair?gently removing it from the skin like a farmer harvesting the world's tiniest, hairiest crop of corn. This ritual unfolds across the face and neck, with attention paid to the sensitivity of skin.
And now, if the client prefers it, the salon can now turn to wax to help remove hair. The newly-launched waxing line uses natural, 98% organic wax from Italy to remove hair, immersing follicles with a deluge of warm wax before gently zipping the area clean without a strip.