At Dermalove Esthetics and Massage, licensed aesthetician and massage therapist Kelly Talmage expertly bestows anti-aging spa treatments and relaxing massages upon her clients. She evicts dead facial-skin cells using a microdermabrasion wand and gracefully wields a laser during hair-removal treatments or light shows for guests. Further beautification procedures include lash and brow tinting and spider-vein reduction.
Before developing Elite Ceuticals Non Surgical Face Lift, the owner spent more than 20 years formulating skincare products for other companies. Armed with that experience, she creates skincare blends that stimulate and revive aging skin with aloe vera that's grown hydroponically—that is, fed a regimen of minerals and vitamins and never treated with pesticides or put through a laminating machine.
At Studio 1211, Barbara George taps into ancient Eastern and Egyptian techniques to soothe and beautify patrons. Inside a private treatment room, she aims to relieve pain and improve the nervous system with reflexology and shiatsu that applies focused pressure to mapped-out areas along the feet, scalp, and neck. The aromatherapy educator boasts 20 years of anti-aging product experience; during the spa's signature Egyptian facial, a milk-and-honey mask makes visages gleam back to life, wrinkles collapse into whispers, and cows and bees look on in bewilderment.
Even as a 4-year-old growing up in Honolulu, Vee Osborne was drawn to Hawaiian shamanism and the Huna philosophy, which stresses the balance of the mind, body, and spirit through one’s actions. Her early passion for healing others led her down the path to becoming a hypnotherapist, reiki master, and ordained minister before she funneled her devotion to creating harmony and guiding others toward wellness into Plaza West Massage & Day Spa. Here, clouds of gentle music and the scent of essential oils greet her guests, who slip into robes and sip wine as they unwind. And Vee’s Hawaiian roots remain readily apparent, inspiring the spa’s potted palms, bamboo massages, piña-colada scrubs, and wall-sized pictures that bring Pacific beaches to Kansas.
Vee’s healing services go beyond relaxation, though. Her team of massage therapists kneads aching muscles with Swedish, trigger-point, and deep-tissue modalities, deepening their knot-fighting effect with volcanic stones and essential oils. After a body wrap with Dead Sea salts or a glycolic peel, guests can visit the two-tiered sauna or extend their rejuvenation with an energy-balancing reiki session. The spa also delves into treatments that rely on electronic frequencies, such as a tri-phasic resonator, which fights cellulite, or quantum electro-ionization, which aims to diminish blemishes rather than cover them up with white-out. Before heading home, clients can pick up body and facial products from Vee’s eponymous line, such as Island Essence hair products, complete with tropical scents.
An experienced staff performs services ranging from lash extensions to breast augmentation. Professionally administered facial peels and injectables such as Botox erase age lines. In addition to cosmetic procedures, the team can also handle women's health issues with services including family planning, hormone therapy, and ultrasound tests performed by bat echolocation.
Though she may be new to the Overland Park area, stylist Christy Cleaver knows her way around the styling chair. A veteran of the hair industry for more than 17 years, she spent a decade and a half at the helm of her own salon, and brings specialties in razor cuts, hair straightening, and two-tone color panels. Her greatest talent, however, is her ability to listen carefully to each client's wants and needs, and then use the latest industry techniques to help those desires take shape in the styling mirror before them. Best of all, heads leave Christy's capable hands brimming with knowledge about how to recreate styled locks at home, eliminating the need for home hairbrushes to list her as an emergency contact.