Danielle Rivera, owner of Tru Massage Therapy, did not set out to become a massage therapist. "I like helping people," she says, and she did so for many years as a CNA in nursing homes. When she began to transition to a medical-assistant program, Rivera discovered her passion for massage. She got her massage license in 2008 and never looked back. Now, Rivera and a team of therapists provide 10 massage modalities and myriad spa services.
In addition to botanical body wraps and waxing services, Rivera's talent for clinical massage has improved her patients' lives and her ability to open industrial-size jars of pickles. "I had a client that could only lift his arm 90 degrees, and after working on him. . . he could go up to 160 degrees." She has also provided relief for migraine sufferers. Clients who "were taking prescription pain meds. . . were able to cut down their prescriptions significantly" or repurpose them altogether into beaded necklaces.
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.
Though it's been around for more than 30 years, Accents 3101 Salon pulls from the latest, high-quality products when beautifying clients. Stylists wield Aveda's plant-based shampoos and styling gels when revamping manes with professional cuts and color. The same brand's skincare products also calm skin during acne-reduction facials, and accentuate natural beauty amid makeup applications. Nail techs, meanwhile, coat digits with traditional polish, acrylics, or long-lasting CND Shellac.
Village Hair and Spa has been a local beautifying staple for over 20 years, and its friendly and experienced staff specializes in bestowing the under-pampered portion of the population with a wide range of hair and body treatments. Its strand stylists are particularly adept at helping each client find the best haircut for his or her face and personal style. If you already know what you're looking for, Village Hair’s stylists can take that vision and make it even better than you imagined, just like Hollywood's big-budget adaptation of your Golden Girls fan fiction. Undergo a mane makeover with a cut ($32–$45) and color ($79–$109 for both treatments together), or indulge in a full-service manicure ($27–$32) to buff your finger helmets to a new level of shine. Village Hair and Spa also offers a full menu of waxing services ($19–$60), facials ($75–$80), skin-renewal treatments ($57–$170), and specialty body services ($75–$94).
Fulfill hair-care needs, as well as hair’s desire to shed suffocating hats, with the assistance of Chameleon Hair Design’s skilled staff of follicular fiddlers. Customers can obtain a declarative hairdo that baits compliments and admiring stares from ceiling fans with a haircut and style (a $28 value) before imbuing noodle nests with a rainbow-sprouting color (a $60 value). With head hair in check, curb spreading growth with an eyebrow or lip waxing (a $14 value).