The La Vie Spa & Salon story began simply, when Amy and Ken Elias started their spa in a cozy house with a small team of massage and hydro therapists. Since then, La Vie Spa & Salon has blossomed into a comprehensive 5,000 square foot monument to beauty and health, with a diverse menagerie of professional stylists, estheticians, and specialists. While they provide a wide range of fundamental beauty services?such as haircuts, manicures, and facials?the staff also betters bodies with a slate of unorthodox offerings?such as colon cleanses, hypnotherapy, and rejuvenating bio-mat sessions. Their therapists cull from a sweeping repertoire of bodywork, including healing deep-tissue and detoxifying lymphatic drainage massage.
Their staff of fitness professionals lead personal training and yoga classes in the onsite gym. For communal pampering, The team also hosts spa parties complete with specialty treatments, food, and drinks, ideal for bridal groups preparing for a wedding or varsity men's rugby teams hoping to intimidate their opponents with their crystal clear complexions.
It would probably be more efficient to ask Joan Bell Carroll about what she doesn't do. As the founder of Browz Makeup Bar, she is, of course, a makeup artist and aesthetician, but her skill set includes more than just creating a pretty face. She is also a licensed aesthetics instructor, and teaches courses at Browz on basic and advanced makeup artistry, waxing, and even pole and belly dancing. Inside her studio—a chocolate-hued space accented with pops of orange and blue—she hosts a diverse range of events that includes everything from birthday and lingerie parties to photo shoots and dance classes.
But since opening Browz nearly 20 years ago, Joan's specialty has always been brow and makeup services. She and her team can shape brows however clients prefer, whether by waxing, threading, tweezing, or pixellating. They also remove unwanted hair elsewhere with a complete selection of body waxing treatments. They create flawless skin with airbrush makeup applications, and can lengthen lashes with semi-permanent extensions or temporary strip or individual lashes.
Sol Oasis's founder and veteran manicurist, KaSundra, earned her stripes in the upscale salons of New York and Atlanta before getting the opportunity to work on the high-profile hands of Hollywood stars such as Terrance Howard, Kelly Hu, and Regina King. Welcoming only one client at a time in her tranquil spa, KaSundra is able to lavish each guest with her undivided attention as she performs a wide array of nail and spa treatments. She incorporates natural and organic products into her many services, which include facials, makeup application, Chinese finger-trap removal, and waterless pedicures that are safer and more sanitary than normal pedicures. As natural light peeks through decorative window screens and visitors kick back in a plush, olive-colored throne, KaSundra treats hands and feet like royalty.
The trained therapists at Urban Temple Studio Spa unwind tight spines, smooth skin, and detoxify bodies in the intimate studio. Clients melt into a bed in the private treatment room to the tune of their choice of music, from zen to smooth jazz. During each massage treatment, a therapist tailors kneads to fit the client's pressure preference while helping to improve circulation and detoxify the body.
Other purifying options include hydrotherapy full-body wraps, which purge toxins using herbs, mud, and seaweed. Urban Temple's spa packages offer themed days of relaxation, such as chocolate-centric treatments for 8- to 15-year-olds, indulgent massages and facials for adults, and romantic spa services for couples looking to bond without building an Ikea furnace together.
Paris, the esthetician at Jazmin Spa, caters to her clients' cosmetic needs while still indulging them with a luxurious spa experience. Indulgence isn't the only goal, though?she also strives to create dramatic cosmetic changes utilizing products that can't be purchased by the general public as well as advanced spa procedures. PCA peels, which are only administered by licensed healthcare professionals that have been trained to use them, help resurface skin.
Beauty is more than a goal at Ruby Beauty Center. It's a mission. Working traditional Indian influences into Western aesthetics, the skin, hair, makeup, and massage experts help men and women achieve everyday beauty and specialize in bridal makeovers. Whether seeking softer, younger-looking skin via one of the spa's dozens of facials, or catching all eyes with mehndi makeup for the hands and henna for the hair, clients can enjoy total self-transformation without setting up an elaborate teleportation accident. They also offer waxing, hair coloring, and threading treatments.