Signature Service: Rejuvenating Facial
Brands Used: Maison
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Do you agree with the phrase "beauty is on the inside?" Why or why not?
We focus on "healthy inside and outside" since we are a MEDICAL spa not just a Fru Fru kind of place. We don't do nails and we don't sale cosmetics. We help our clients build a foundation for healthy, fresh, long-term beautiful skin. Even the most unattractive person looks better and feels more confident when they can put their best face forward. Our society judges us in the first three minutes we are visible to another human. Great skin says I am conscientious about my appearance and my health.
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
The results we see and the ability to help people build self-confidence.
What's the most common beauty mistake you see people make? What would you recommend they do instead?
Thinking you can "paint on a bad canvas". You cannot put even great cosmetics (make-up) on skin that is rough, uneven, dry, oily or just not healthy. The radiance created by great skin shines through even the cheapest make-up.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our Rejuvenating Facial is customized to meet the needs of each individual client. We analyze your skin for texture, pigment and other issues that could be health related. THEN we advise our clients what can be done to correct the issue and to maintain great skin on a long term basis. "Going to a MEDICAL spa is like going to the GYM: if you only go once the benefits are limited, but if you go regularly the results are lifelong".
It takes a lot of time and an admirable level of dedication to undergo training for skincare therapy in Germany and New York and paramedical cosmetic consulting in California, and then become a licensed cosmetologist in Georgia and Michigan as well as a board-certified surgical technologist. Master cosmetologist and medical aesthetician Brenda McMillin has put in that time and displayed that dedication, and along with her 20 years of experience, it all goes into pampering her clients’ skin at Leni Skincare and Cosmetics. McMillin renders treatments such as HydraFacial MDs and seaweed-gel body masks to leave skin radiant and paraffin-infusion therapy to make hands and feet as soft as a bunny or a log that’s been sitting in water since Aristotle put it there. It’s this kind of pampering that has gotten her work featured on the TV shows The Doctors and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Along with skillfully performing these skincare services, McMillin purveys Nutrilite nutritional supplements and jewelry.
The private rooms at Tan-Tastic Tanning yield many paths to acquiring richer pigmentation. Among the most popular of these are bronze-, silver-, and platinum-level tanning beds that imbue skin with varying degrees of UV light to ensure a smooth and even tone. Bronze beds illume bodies and faces with separate tanners, silver beds cradle client in an ergonomic acrylic base that includes a ventilation system and mp3 plug-in, and platinum beds boast high-pressure bulbs and shoulder tanners. Just off to the side of its more traditional siblings, a VersaSpa spray-tan booth burnishes skin with a UV-free mist until it achieves the rich, bronze hue of a deep-fried garden sculpture. At the salon’s front desk, lotions and elixirs from Swedish Beauty and Australian Gold mingle with blends from Devoted Creations, such as a skin-firming aromatherapy formula with anticellulite agents and white-birch extract.
Signature Service: Cut and color services
Brands Used: All Nutrient and Paul Mitchell
Staff Size: One person
Parking: Parking lot
Sometimes the little things make all the difference. Do you bake any supplementary services into your main services?
Yes, I offer scalp massage with each shampoo.
People go to spas to forget about the outside world. How does your decor help create an atmosphere where visitors can unwind?
My salon has a beachy theme that makes clients feel like they're on vacation.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a client?
Some of my clients have cried because they loved their new styles so much.
The weeping willows hanging over Christopher George's Salon herald the serenity of the idyllic space they shade. The airy space sprawls across 1,000 square feet of leather chairs, black-lacquered wood decor, and high-end haircare products from the likes of Paul Mitchell. Talented stylists with 22 years of experience bustle about the salon, shearing strands into face-framing shapes during designer haircuts and refashioning follicles into a northern-lights-like display of color with partial highlights. Complimentary chalices of wine occasionally accompany treatments, providing a tasty alternative to the barbicide cocktails served at most traditional salons.
Growing up, James Dowling watched his family suffer from chronic illnesses, and even battled his own pain, for which Western medicine gave little relief. His investigations led him to an interest in drug-free and tactile therapies. He enrolled at DoveStar Institute to study under reiki masters, and earned his massage-therapist license, colon-hydrotherapy certification, and reiki mastership. At Phoenix Holistic Center, he balances bodies and minds through diverse methods such as sound therapy and kriya massage, which incorporates one continuous stroke that only ends when the therapist's arms become tangled.