Though makeup artist and aesthetician Amanda Ryan has been in the skincare industry for 20 years, she still hasn't settled on a favorite anti-aging treatment. That's because she constantly updates her arsenal, staying abreast of the latest skincare techniques and anti-aging technologies, from exfoliations infused with plant stem cells to mechanical facials that actually try to retrain facial muscles to youthfully lift, tighten, and gape at uncles who pull coins out from behind ears. Her expertise and commitment to individualized services help her to quell any of her clients' worries about not understanding the modern-sounding treatments. She follows up treatments with advice for each client on how to care for and maintain his or her skin at home. Some regular facials and makeup treatments even include a complete lesson on DIY skincare. One of the secrets? Finding the right products to care for your skin. In her office inside the Dominic and Company Inclusive Salon and Day Spa, Amanda uses her personal line of vitamin-enriched cosmetics, Adryan Essentials.
In the midst of invigorating cappuccino-colored walls, bold original artwork, and mirrors filled with smiling reflections, Phia Salon, an Aveda Lifestyle Salon, infuses hairs and pores with pure flower essences and plant-based botanical products. Four levels of talent are available to tackle every service, from an extensive list of cut and color services to hair extensions, waxing, and skin care. Each of their cut and color services is accompanied by a stress-relieving sensory experience that ranges from a mini facial to a soothing hand-and-arm massage.
Phia Salon extends Aveda's commitment to natural products and the environment to its own salon with eco-friendly business practices, such as constantly monitoring and recycling waste and using phosphate-free soaps. The salon’s cork floors are sustainably harvested and surrounded by eco-friendly paint on the walls, and the organic milk used in coffee and tea comes from local, grass-fed cattle who carpool to work.
Tan Pro USA has been compensating for the less-than-ideal latitudinal coordinates of Ohio since 1998. It was then that they opened their first tanning outpost furnished with 30 UV beds, and they have since expanded operations to 43 stores throughout the state. They stock each location with ample tanning units, rendering appointments an archaic formality equivalent to gifting a sheep to your defense lawyer. After customers stroll in, they can slide into an Ergoline 1100, which boasts four ultra-performance facial tanners and two high-pressure shoulder tanners. Staffers advise which lotions enhance traditional tanning results along with explaining the benefits of the UV-free VersaSpa spray-tan booths. Harnessing infrared heat, VersaSpa booths impart a glow to entire physiques or targeted trouble areas, such as the inside of the armpits.
Highlighted by a black-and-white color scheme, high ceilings, and exposed ductwork, Erika Taylor Urban Spa’s industrial aesthetic stands in contrast to its botanically based spa treatments. And though the skincare and massage services involve plant-based emollients, they also leverage cutting-edge techniques and technologies. For instance, HydraFacials resurface skin and deliver an intense dose of moisture via an instrument that loosens and lifts away dull skin cells by creating a vortex. Hair and nail treatments round out the service menu, helping clients become beautiful from head to dewclaw.
Licensed aesthetician Illona Sheik remembers childhood summers spent helping her grandmother pick plants in Latvia, where the pair harnessed botanicals' unique abilities to treat and enliven skin. Today, Sheik draws on the European skincare techniques she learned in her youth while performing progressive skincare treatments and luxurious spa services such as body wraps and facials. Detailed skin analysis determines epidermal sensitivities before physician-strength ingredients eradicate acne, unify skin tone, ward off signs of aging, and arm-wrestle nearby family practitioners to a stalemate. Skin For All People also wields wax to liberate legs and backs from constrictive fuzz, and soothes the muscles below with deep-tissue and aromatherapy massages from a licensed therapist. The beauty bureau also embellishes faces with eyelash and eyebrow tints, as well as powder puffs of custom-blended mineral makeup.
Stacie Spears has learned plenty in her 10 years as an aesthetician. She specializes in brows and Brazilian waxes, but one of her marquee services is the four-layer facial, a nourishing regimen of European seaweed that makes the skin glow like Edison's mother when she first heard about her son's invention. At Salon Loft, she offers this specialty, as well as numerous other facials, waxing services, and custom spray tans. She's also a makeup artist who founded her own company, meaning she's trained to amplify beauty from the deepest pore to the outermost layer of blush.