Ready, Aim, Pose

The secrets to primping and pampering, Vegas style Lasering, whitening, shampooing, spa-ing and supplementing have become a way of life in our beauty-obsessed city, and now Vegas Seven shares some finds, tips and expert advice on how to survive desert living as a perfect 10.

All in the Family

Next time your kids or significant other shells out for a thoughtful spa gift certificate, ask them to come along, as Las Vegas offers treatments for the entire family.


If you get your multitasking personality from Mom, do triple duty with Salon Bellagio’s Mother and Daughter spa package. Catch up, unwind and enjoy a manicure and pedicure over tea and scones. Soak your hands and feet in water infused with rosemary plant extracts and oils. A spa technician will exfoliate with a grape-seed scrub and moisturize with sesame almond oil. “Much physical stress is put upon the hands and feet, yet we rarely give thought to re-energizing and nourishing them,” says Donna Foster, salon director. Bellagio, $350 (two hours).


Peel away stress alongside your significant other with the Double Banana Leaf treatment at Qua Baths & Spa in Caesars Palace. You’ll be slathered with body butter and wrapped in a green banana leaf imported from South America. The leaf hydrates as well as locks in moisture. Finally, a spa technician will give you an Ayurvedic treatment, pouring botanical oils over your forehead and massaging your scalp. Caesars Palace, $450 (75 minutes).


If your teen likes to do her own thing, she’s in luck. Spa Mandalay offers treatments designed for 13-17-year-olds. Try a facial, which focuses on deep cleansing and moisturizing versus anti-aging and skin repair, or try one that can be tailored to target acne. “The spa is a perfect place for young adults to have an age-appropriate Vegas experience,” says Anna Lesko, director of Spa Mandalay. Mandalay Bay; $45-$135.

– Jessica Prois

Credit: Anthony Mair

Under the Knife

Dr. Jeffrey Roth, plastic surgeon

What is the hottest trend in plastic surgery?

Smaller operations sooner. Instead of people waiting until they are older and getting the blue-plate special, they tend to come in earlier for smaller things.

What is the most popular procedure?

Here in Las Vegas we do a lot of breast work; breast augmentation and breast augmentation with lifts as well. Different patients come in for different reasons. Proportion is my favorite word with breast augmentation.

What does the future hold?

Less invasive ways to do the stuff we’re doing now—meaning laparoscopic surgery to make small incisions. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. If we can make scars look better faster, that would be terrific. There are a lot of neat things around the corner to refine the operation into something better. … Ten years ago we really didn’t have Botox or filling agents for the face, and now we’ve realized we can do things in our office and don’t have to go to the operating room right away.

9280 W. Sunset Road, Suite 236,, 450-0777.

Take it All Off

Medical aesthetician and laser specialist Jena Glick from Image by Design says that upper lip and chin, under arms and bikini/Brazilian are the popular areas for laser hair removal.

According to Glick, for the super over-achiever, it would cost about $2,500 and take at least five sessions to become hairless from head to toe.

Image By Design, 6850 N. Durango Dr.,, 875-1518.

— MJ Elstein

Sanitas Collodial Mineral Cocktail, Functionalab Tonic Zen and Beauty Dose.

Inner Beauty

Four dietary supplements designed to improve your surface

They say you are what you eat, and frankly, when it comes to your skin, we have to agree. If we subsisted on a diet of green tea, blueberries, almonds and avocados, we’d all have gorgeous, glowing skin. Add coffee, chocolate and wine (our personal vices of choice) to the mix, and the picture is not so pretty.

Thankfully, a slew of new health and beauty supplements will let you have your cake and eat it to (OK, we’re done with the clichés now). These pills and powders all fall under the relatively new science of nutricosmetics, which is basically the idea that you can (and should) feed your skin. Here is our take on the latest and greatest in skin care you can eat:


Basics: The France-based nutricosmetics line is known for its detoxifying powders and daily vitamins, both of which will do wonders for your skin. Secret ingredient: SOD, or superoxide dismutase, an enzyme that repairs cell damage (usually the result of free radicals). Seven pick: GliSODin’s Advanced Daily Formula (a magic green pill) is packed with omega-3 goodness and will help get rid of dry, flaky skin.


Basics: The biogenic skin-care company recently added nutritional supplements to its line of organic cleansers, masks and moisturizers. Secret ingredient: B complex (a blend of B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12) encourages cell growth, helps wounds heal and stimulates insulin production. Seven pick: The surprisingly tasty Colloidal Mineral Cocktail (shoot it down every morning) is packed with colloidal trace minerals, vitamins B12, C and zinc.


Basics: Packaged in sleek, science lab-like containers (think beakers, vials and pipettes), Functionalab concoctions promise to boost your energy levels, make you zen and get rid of acne. Secret ingredient: The active ingredient varies depending on the pill or tonic, but the line depends heavily on natural sources of antioxidants such as blueberries and acai. Seven pick: We love the body toning formula—because, really, who couldn’t do with less cellulite?

Beauty Scoop

Basics: This white powder is specifically targeted toward your skin, hair and nails. Secret ingredient: The vegetable-based product packs a combo of peptides, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and essential vitamins. Seven pick: There’s just one product for now—and we suggest adding it to your favorite juice to make the vanilla-scented powder go down a bit smoother.

— Geraldine Campbell

A Million Dollar Grill

The quest for “toilet-bowl white” teeth is on, so if your pearly whites are, well, less than pearly, here’s the lowdown on everything from at-home kits to laser whitening. The most cost-effective alternative is a do-it-yourself treatment, such as Crest’s 3DWhite line, which includes a whole range of strips, pastes, brushes and rinses. The bleaching agent, hydrogen peroxide, is the same as what you get in the dentist’s office, but typically a much lower dose—so it’ll take anywhere from two to six weeks to get the results you’re after.

On the other end of the spectrum, there are dentist-administered treatments, which can be pricey (and sometimes painful) but produce immediate results. An hour-long appointment with Dr. Joseph Willardsen, for example, will set you back $500. But you can go from eggshell to ivory during your lunch hour—and the price includes a custom-set of bleach trays plus two syringes for at home touch-ups. And somewhere in the middle, there’s a technique that’s like microdermabrasion for your teeth: Basically, the procedure involves sandblasting stains out of the surface of the enamel. Ask your dentist about this new form of exfoliation—but beware of over-grinding. True Dentistry, 9061 W. Post Road, 434-4800,

— Geraldine Campbell

Credit: Anthony Mair

Just Face It

Susan Strickland, aesthetician

What’s the most popular treatment for summer?

Getting the back prepped and ready for sun dresses. Back Spa Therapy. Having light peels or microdermabrasion.

What’s the next big thing for skin care?

LED light treatments. Green light therapy helps with acne. Red light helps with rejuvenating the skin and stimulating collagen.

Skin-care product you can’t live without?

Solar Defense by Body Therapeutics moisturizer and sunscreen.

What’s your most important skin-care tip?

Living here in Vegas, always wear sunblock.

Susan Strickland Skin Clinic. 5435 W. Sahara Ave., 227-1233.

Bad Hair Life

In 2009, voted Las Vegas the fourth worst hair city in American due to its dry, desert climate and high propensity toward sun damage. Pittsburgh, Olympia, Wash., and Corpus Christi, Texas, were the only other cities that fared worse on the list. But fear not, Brannon at the Hard Rock Hotel says with proper care, desert hair doesn’t have to be a burden. “The first step is to think of your hair as an extension of your skin. After you clean your hair, you apply moisture back into it. Afterwards you can then add extra sealers like Brannon hair polish, which will add moisture. If you are swimming, and getting in and out of the water, don’t be afraid to spray sunscreen in your hair as well.” Brannon Hair, 693-5522,

— MJ Elstein

Credit: Anthony Mair

Make the Cut

Kelly Cardenas, hairstylist

What is the hottest trend in hair?

A mixture of textures. People wearing a little bit of curl and a little bit of wave in a combination.

Which celebrity’s hair do most people envy?

Jennifer Aniston is a staple.

What product are you really into right now?

Lemon sage thickening spray by Paul Mitchell.

What product can’t you live without?

Sculpting foam by Paul Mitchell.

No. 1 piece of hair advice?

Fall in love with what it is that you have.

Kelly Cardenas Salon, 6015 S. Fort Apache Road,, 454-7993.

Healthy Tresses

KVVU FOX5 anchor Monica Jackson makes a living off looking good, and she says she owes it all to stylist Sumayah Hodges from Grannz’s Beauty Center. Hodges has more than 20 years of experience with all types of follicles, including African-American hair, like Jackson’s. Beyond that, the popular TV host says to use a strong moisturizer and conditioner on a regular basis. “To protect my hair from the desert, I wear a weave, which eliminates using relaxer. Once you get a weave, it needs to be maintained once a week and replaced after eight weeks.” Grannz’s, 4640 Meadows Lane, 860-0508.

— MJ Elstein

Staci Linklater, Globe Salon.

Oribe Brilliance & Shine Shampoo.

The Ultimate Rubdown

In the ever-competitive world of Las Vegas hair salons, clients can be won and lost over what happens or doesn’t happen over the shampoo bowl. Stylists have upped the ante on their head rubs, all in the pursuit of being able to claim that they give the best “head” in town. Staci Linklater at Globe Salon (900 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 938-4247) uses a pressure-point treatment on all her customers that is as invigorating as it is relaxing. Her tactile prowess combined with Oribe’s Shampoo and Conditioner is a relaxation trifecta. During the first shampoo, Linklater starts off with an aggressive up and down stroke. During the second shampoo, she uses a circular motion concentrating on the nape of the neck and the temples. During the conditioning treatment, she uses a deeply relaxing, all-over caress that fully immerses the hair in the rich product. But don’t get too comfortable, the best (i.e., the styling chair) is yet to come.

— MJ Elstein



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