What does it take to earn the title of AVEDA Lifestyle Salon Spa? A long list of criteria must be met, but many of the factors come down to one thing: education. For the team at Von Kekel, that means training with Global Masters at Aveda Institutes in London, New York, Minneapolis, and other cities across the world. At these institutes, the staff learns how to get the most out of Aveda's proprietary line of eco-friendly products, which derive 97% of their ingredients from plants.
All of that preparation occurs long before a client ever steps into one of Von Kekel's three locations. Here, the staffers administer salon and spa treatments with the essential oils and natural herbal ingredients of Aveda products. Whether for a haircut with highlights or a cleansing facial with a massage, each visit starts with a complimentary beverage and a consultation. The latter ensures clients get the most out of their chosen treatments, while the former helps meet the daily requirement for liquid-based relaxation.
Dedicated to keeping both patrons and the planet looking beautiful, Eco Friendly Beauty Bar strives, like Kermit the Frog's wardrobe, to be 90% green—a feat that earned it recognition on ABC 11. Nontoxic and natural products form the foundation of the salon's services, which include everything from spray tans to hairstyles kept clean with vegan shampoo. Under the glow of repurposed chandeliers, Eco Friendly Beauty Bar's staff members make good on their commitment to a smaller carbon footprint by wearing only narrow-width shoes as they shuffle atop recycled-cardboard flooring, serving complimentary sips of green wine in glasses that are recycled or repurposed from wine bottles. The bright, full-service salon crafted its chic aesthetic using furniture rescued from thrift stores, including bubbling fountains and an antique sewing table, and shelves proudly display chemical-free makeup, bamboo hairbrushes, and locally made skincare products available for purchase.
BodyLase Skin Spa opened in 2002 and focused exclusively on laser hair removal. More than 10 years later, the acclaimed med spa's scope has expanded to encompass a variety of aesthetic services at its two locations. A team of licensed, board-certified medical practitioners still follows its five-step laser hair-removal program to leave clients' skin smooth. But laser technology also helps the staff perform a variety of other services for all skin types, allowing them to eliminate the appearance of spider veins and fade unwanted tattoos. Their advanced methods even extend to noninvasive body contouring with the CoolSculpting system. Complimentary consultations help answer guests' questions about procedures, recovery time, and whether lasers can double as effective flashlights.
At Adara Spa, clients can select from a wide a menu of specialty aesthetic services, including manicures, pedicures, massages, waxing, and skin therapy. Facial treatments with Leah Magner use powerful ingredients such as pineapple enzyme for promoting cell turnover and collagen. Targeted services address clients’ problem areas, including a back facial to purge skin congestion and exfoliate the tiny face between the shoulder blades. Waxing for men and women delicately removes unwanted hair from all areas of the body. Licensed massage therapists Derrick Jones, Nicole Bermeo, and Alyssa Vine-Hodge melt stress and strain from hardworking muscles. Technicians perform each manicure, microdermabrasion, and massage with top-shelf products, such as light-curing polish from Light Concept Nails or all-natural, organic face creams from Eminence and Image.
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ExcelLase has solutions for virtually any cosmetic issue. After about eight treatments, the center's signature hair-removal service leaves skin soft and smooth—permanently. But that's just the start of what the team here can do. CoolSculpting treatments use nonsurgical contouring treatments to remove or shrink bulges and love handles and Fraxel laser skin resurfacing can minimize lines and combat acne scars. Then there's laser tattoo removal for all ink colors and skin types, whether you're regretting an old band tattoo or you recently dumped Bob for Rob.
Often when an eyebrow threader removes unwanted brow hair, they hold one end of the cotton thread in their mouth. But at Wow Brows!, threaders actually tie the thread around their neck, a technique that has been deemed by threading regulators in North Carolina to be more sanitary. In addition to shaping brows without disturbing the topmost layer of skin, hair-removal experts banish fuzz from all over the face.