By Courtney Marcelo Norton

Although Atlanta has no shortage of beauty salons, three Intown specialty studios offer unique services such as eyelash extensions, organic bronzing and customized eyebrow shaping. Through knowledgeable aestheticians and luxurious products, these beauty studios aim to create lifestyle-enhancing experiences that last long after the appointment ends.

Flirt & Flutter Lash Boutique

“Your eyes always tell your story,” says Shea Evans, owner and master cosmetologist at Flirt & Flutter Lash Boutique.  If that is the case, then this Castleberry Hill boutique, which specializes in eyelash extensions, aims to make the story a bit more interesting.

With a pair of precision tweezers in each hand, Evans attaches synthetic lashes one-by-one to natural eyelashes using a special adhesive, a process that requires up to two hours for a full set.  “It’s actually really relaxing,” says one bride-to-be as she lounges supine while Evans adds the extensions that will enable her to go mascara-free on her wedding day.  “I almost fell asleep.  Shea has a very gentle touch.”

Flirt & Flutter customizes eyelashes based on lifestyle with lengths ranging between eight and fifteen millimeters. Office-dwellers seeking subtle extensions may prefer the soft, Hepburn-esque spikes of the Professional Lady Lash.  The Ginger’s Glamour Lash is a style for those craving the glamorous, winged creations sported on runways and the red carpet.  And then there is the Exotic Lash:  bodacious, breeze-generating lashes favored by those in the adult entertainment, theater or high fashion industries.

The boutique also offers eyebrow shaping, manicures and pedicures.  “Women can come here and get a taste of everything,” says Evans.  Customers can shop for Smashbox cosmetics and Bliss products.  Or they can customize their own body butters and lotions by combining skin-soothing African red tea with pick-your-own essential oils in scents like pomegranate, amber-vanilla and cranberry-mandarin.

The boutique’s decor is a hybrid of warehouse grittiness and boudoir femininity. Delicate birdcages and paper flowers dangle from the exposed ductwork of the two-story loft.  The music alternates between Mendelssohn’s Wedding March in C Major and blaring hip-hop. Check out one of the boutique’s signature events such as the Poles and Toes Party, which combines pedicures and pole-dancing lessons, or the Geisha Girls Gone Wild event, which boasts Asian spa services, sushi and sake.

Flirt & Flutter is located at 434 Marietta Street in studio 105.  To book an appointment, visit flirtnflutterlashloft.com or call (678) 732-9383.

 

RAW Bronzing Studio

At RAW Bronzing Studio in Inman Park, Tiffany Terranova is out to rethink the sunless tanning concept. If the thought of a spray tanning studio conjures up the image of a windowless, brown-tinged room the size of a bathroom stall, then the light and airy space at RAW will be a refreshing surprise.

“I wanted to offer an alternative to the typical strip mall tanning salon,” says Terranova, who focuses on using organic products to achieve a natural, two-weeks-in-Sedona-type glow rather than an overdone burnt sienna bronze.

Mindful of her clients’ busy schedules, Terranova has streamlined the tanning process, aiming to get clients in and out in about twenty minutes.  “You come in and we knock it out,” says Terranova, who is a pro at applying a streak-free tan that dries quickly. Terranova weaves other thoughtful details into the overall experience, stocking make-up remover, lotion and other handy toiletries in each treatment room. Cups of hot tea are available upon arrival, which takes the chill off standing undressed in front of a fan while the spray tan dries.

RAW even offers a “man room” decorated with vintage sports and rock ‘n roll photographs for male clients. “It’s more acceptable for women to get a spray tan,” says Terranova, who hopes to encourage more men to try sunless tanning and has male aestheticians available to make the process less daunting.

From the complimentary wheatgrass shots to the expert aestheticians who know how to create a flattering tan, RAW will have you glowing inside-and-out.

RAW Bronzing Studio is located at 280 Elizabeth St.,Suite A103. To book an appointment, visit rawbronzingstudio.com or call (770) 683-8267.

 

WAX

Next door to RAW is WAX, a salon offering decadent depilatory services. Aestheticians apply a sapphire-hued wax containing azulene, a relative of the chamomile family, which soothes and heals skin during the hair removal process.  Waxes infused with essential oils like lavender are available, as are creamier waxes for those with sensitive skin.

WAX also offers a service focused on eyebrow shaping.  Clients can book a thirty-minute consultation with an aesthetician at WAX’s Blink Brow Bar to learn what brow shape will work best for their face.  “It’s definitely a good starting point,” says Leela Hoehn, manager and marketing assistant at WAX. For people with full brows who just want to bring them out, eyebrow tinting is available.

The interior design of WAX is as sleek as the brows they create.  A tan cowhide rug anchors the cool white walls and white floor.  A row of emerald Pellegrino bottles at the refreshment station offers a pop of color, and the smell of Moroccan amber permeates the air. WAX aims to go beyond mere aesthetic services and offer clients an experience that will enhance their lifestyle.

“We try to offer lifestyle products,” explains Hoehn of the diverse range of products offered.  There are crème brulee lip scrubs by Sarah Happ and tubes of Couto, a Portuguese toothpaste.  After a signature service in one of WAX’s four treatment rooms, shop for Nest fragrance candles, nail lacquers by Butter London and Glo Mineral products to recreate the decadent vibe at home.

From glowing skin and perfectly arched eyebrows to customized eyelashes, these chic studios deliver beautiful results.

WAX is located at 280 Elizabeth St. To book an appointment, visit wax-atlanta.com or call (404) 525-8344.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.