Although stylist Megan Pelfrey shares her expertise with future stylists as a beauty instructor, her skills really shine at Salon 909. Here, she draws on her training at Paul Mitchell School when performing designer cuts, Aveda color treatments, and hair extensions. As a cosmetologist, her talents surpass hair alone; she also cleans out pores with facials and clears away unwanted hair with waxing.
Sarah L. Schoolcraft, a licensed massage therapist who honed her skills at Mountain State School of Massage, has been in practice for more than 10 years. At Well Balanced Massage Therapy, she dissolves stress and promotes healing with techniques that range from deep-tissue kneading to gentle, soothing strokes tailored for elderly patients. Detoxifying wraps, herbal facials, and other beautifying treatments complete the spa experience.
After leaving Cincinnati to study at Harvard Medical School and participate in internships and fellowships at Brown University and New York University, Dr. Shalini Gupta has returned to the place where she grew up, and now offers general and cosmetic dermatology and plastic-surgery services to the community. The goal of her practice, Dermatology Laser and Vein Center, is a simple one: restoring natural beauty. She does this with both surgical and nonsurgical procedures that tighten and restore the skin, contour the body's trouble spots, and rid limbs of unwanted tattoos or popped bubble-gum bubbles.
At Pickerington Allvera Wellness Center, holistic services—as part of the center's mission to help each client achieve balance in their emotional, physical, and mental lives—soothe body and mind. Services range from herbal body wraps that target everything from cellulite to lax skin tone, to therapeutic massages enhanced with hot stones. Far-infrared-sauna treatments help stimulate the body’s natural detoxification process and ease muscle pains with help from penetrative heat, and foot detoxes use an ionic charge to help expel toxic waste and heavy metals, along with all the pennies heels have been hoarding in their loafers.
The official day spa and salon of the 2011 American Music Awards, J. Nicole's Day Spa and Salon calls upon its stylists' hair expertise and its technicians' skin savvy to pamper clients within a rock 'n' roll–themed lounge. The staffers, who can sometimes be seen jamming on the guitars that adorn the salon's scarlet walls, beautify heads with hair services and eyelash extensions or relax bodies with treatments such as massages and craniosacral therapy. Aestheticians also exfoliate faces with Obagi chemical peels and abrasive punk-rock drum solos.