As a business-school graduate, licensed cosmetologist for more than 20 years, and former owner of her own salon in Tennessee, Kim Martin knows the passion needed to succeed in the beauty-boosting industry. The seasoned stylist shows off her knack for re-imagining manes at Beyond Hair Salon & Spa, where she specializes in color treatments, highlights, and feather extensions, using the latest products and techniques cultivated from her annual visits to national trade shows. Kim works in Beyond Hair’s Tuscan-style interior alongside aesthetician Teresa, fellow hairstylist Isela, and tanning expert, The Sun.
Hair Trendz Salon & Day Spa offers multiple means of getting made-over. Hairstylists offer cuts, coloring, hair extensions, and soothing scalp treatments. Skin care specialists address blemishes and other skin issues with facials such as the green peel herbal treatment or the rehydrating facial. Other services offered include Nova Lash eyelash extensions, massages, mani-pedis, and bridal or special occasion hair and make-up packages.
After several years spent working as a certified ophthalmic surgical technician, cosmetologist BK Gearn transitioned to the aesthetic arena in order to help others to see themselves in a better light. Along the way, she picked up a barber license, a nail-tech license, a massage-therapy license, and a masters degree in cosmetic tattooing, enabling her to use permanent makeup to enhance facial features or diminish the appearance of scars. Armed with Raya skincare products, she soothes skin with facials that often include mud or paraffin masks, hot steam, or crystal-based microdermabrasion, and she uses all-natural sugar paste by Alexandria Professional to whisk away unwanted whiskers without using chemicals, strips, or tiny brooms. She also helps bodies to adopt a synthetic glow using an airbrush-tanning solution rich with aloe vera and skin-firming moisturizers, and she has turned her spa into a classroom to share her secrets for applying eyelash extensions.
With a gallon of enthusiasm, Misty Hulse welcomes clients to her station at Austarian Salon. She's so welcoming, in fact, that her clients can set up appointments by way of text message. Misty handles all things hair with help from Wella products. Backed by intensive research and experimentation—conducted on a large enough supply of human hair to stretch to the moon and back—Wella stocks Misty’s station with styling formulas and color treatments carefully designed for all hair types. Of course, the bottles only aid the stylist, whose skilled fingers do most of the work. After shampooing and conditioning locks, she snips off split ends and gum, spirals straight strands into bouncy curls, and adds depth and dimension with shimmery highlights. In addition to styling it, Misty also can remove hair swiftly with warm wax.
Accomplished cosmetologist Nalini Patel helms her eponymous day spa, a technology-driven beauty center that earned the distinction of CityVoter's Best Day Spa in 2009. Genial employees use their indoor voices to welcome clients into the spacious, wood-floored spa, where private treatment rooms and manicure chairs shaped to resemble cupped hands promise a relaxing experience. Along with familiar day-spa offerings, skilled beauticians wield advanced prettifying technologies (among them, infrared wraps and micropigmentation hair simulation) to help clients achieve their desired appearance. Patel also applies permanent makeup, which reduces the duration of morning beauty routines and can convey a variety of emotions without intrusive mental effort.