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When clients arrive for custom facials, Wanda begins by asking them what results they'd like, which products they currently use, and whether they'd like extractions done, so that she can tailor facials accordingly. She slips heated mitts onto their hands and feet before cleansing faces and inspecting skin beneath a magnifying lamp. Exfoliating masks targeted to the clients' skin types reveal dead skin cells to be eliminated, and then Wanda massages faces with aloe-based masks that heal and hydrate skin. Finally, she applies moisturizing masks and massages shoulders, arms, hands, and feet with lotion. Throughout the treatments, Wanda uses steam and hot towels to make each experience truly relaxing.
Skin Care by Wanda
When Wanda went to school to become an aesthetician, she figured that even if she didn't end up offering her services professionally, she could use her skills to help herself and her friends. But it soon became more than a hobby. "Once I started doing it, I just had a passion for it," she says.
Wanda's insatiable curiosity has driven her beautifying efforts since 1995. In addition to soothing skin with facials and banishing excess fat with body contouring, she dabbles in ear candling, eyelash extensions, reiki, and iridology—the practice of reading irises for information about the rest of the body. "I always try [new products] out for myself and figure that if I love it, so will my clients," she says.
She specializes in body contouring, which breaks down stagnant fluid, fat cells, and coded messages swallowed by international spies. Each treatment helps a client shed between half an inch to an inch from the stomach, love handles, and other trouble spots. To Wanda, the most rewarding part is "to see the look on their faces when they put their clothes back on," she says. She remembers a woman who came in for a series of six treatments, who eventually took Wanda by the hand and confessed that she'd only worn dresses and skirts—never pants—for 10 years because of her thighs. "And now she could wear pants because of the contouring," she says.
Wanda worked at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for four years, and she brings her expertise in five-star-spa services to the serene, private rooms at Unique Beauty Salon. Soft music plays and candles burn as clients relax atop a heated table. "It's always a compliment to me if they fall asleep during the service," she says. But the biggest compliment she gets is the referrals from former customers: "I can't tell you how many times people tell me this is the best facial they've ever had," she says. "And they refer their friends."