When she entered the beauty industry 30 years ago, Shari Renfro dreamed of channeling her creative energy into her own salon, where she could help clients to create new looks and rebuild their damaged strands. After a decade of hard work and dedication, she actualized her aspirations and opened Giggles on Main, where today she leads a staff of Aveda– and Framesi–trained stylists. The team softens and enriches strands by introducing rich botanicals and vibrant coloring formulas rather than marshmallow fluff. When they aren't arranging manes, staff members happily perform facials, Aveda mani-pedis, and Opi polishes.
A snip here, a touch of color there, and perhaps a relaxer to give the whole do a sleek shine. At Friends & Company Salon, friendly stylists accomplish these services and more in a comfortable yet chic studio environment. They do it all using quality products, too, from such brands as American Crew, Moroccanoil, and Wella. With a team of nail techs, Friends & Company can also put finishing touches on new looks with pampering spa pedicures.
The skilled massage therapists at Hyde Park Body Works rub radiance and vigor into tired and tense bodies with stress-busting spa treatments. The chocolate body polish exfoliates customers for a full hour, its intoxicatingly creamy scent inspiring relaxation and daydreams about backstroking in a giant chocolate fondue fountain. A professional pamperer gently polishes away dryness and impurities, leaving skin as hydrated and smooth as a freshly watered stairwell. After a luxurious shower, patrons enjoy a rich body-butter massage to seal in moisture and protect the newly exfoliated epidermis from harsh wind, itchy sweaters, and tickle fights with Johnny Sandpaperhands.
The stylists at Mitchell's Salon & Day Spa have beautified Cincinnati-area clients for the past 30 years. During that time, the staff has grown to more than 400 employees across five locations. They've also garnered several press mentions, including their most recent victory in The Knot's Best of Weddings 2013. These accolades are all possible because of the meticulous care that the salon pours into both its posh ambiance and soothing treatments. Stylists perfect 'dos with haircuts and smoothing keratin treatments, and aestheticians perform antioxidant facials, which make the skin more resilient against hazards such as environmental damage and cheek-pinching aunts.
Salon Beck's staff of coiffure craftspeople tenderly tends to tresses with an array of carefully delivered services, including refining haircuts, coloring procedures, shampoo stylings, and formal finishings. Scissor-wielding stylists are available for custom cuts for women ($35–$75) and men ($25–$75). Pale yellows can be restored to lightning-like lemon colors and fading midnight black is rescued from the harsh dawn of gray with a single-process coloring ($40–$55). Salon Beck also provides shampoo finishes ($20–$50), color balancing ($10+), brow and lash tinting ($15–$25), and more.
Alba Beauty Studio—short for Andrea Lauren Beauty Associates— is a premier beauty studio that caters to a variety of clients aesthetic needs such as hair and make-up needs. The studio is also home to Cincy Style Bar which is located inside of Alba Beauty Studio. Most nicknames are well earned, and Cincy Style Bar's is no exception. Affectionately deemed "BPP"—blown, painted, and powdered— helps its clients achieve a polished and put-together look in approximately one hour. Makeup artists apply one of six signature looks ranging from "natural beauty," which amps up facial features without the noticeable appearance of cosmetics, to the enigmatic "mysterious beauty," which uses winged eyeliner to spark the attention of roving Hardy Boys. Makeup lessons help the Style Bar's clients replicate their fetching looks at home.
Full transformations continue in LadiesOnlySprayTanning— the tanning boutique. Catering exclusively to women, LOST strives to give each client an airbrushed tan that's free of streaks and lines. If that wasn't enough, blowouts, manicures, and false lashes round out the roster of services.