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.
Since originally opening in 2005 as Angi's, Artist Hair Studio has put together a team of stylists with national and international experience. Clients—women, men, and children alike—schedule appointments or walk in for haircare services including haircuts, beard trims, and double-process color treatments. The studio's staff can also pamper guests with relaxing spa services, remove unwanted hair with wax, and apply permanent makeup to define facial features or conceal third nostrils. Artist Hair Studio carries an assortment of products from brands including Redken, Pureology, and S Factor.
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.
With more than 15 years of experience in the industry, licensed cosmetologist and massage therapist Melanie Van Zee lends her expertise to a variety of beauty services at Salon Sollievo. In the salon, she cuts and colors hair and performs keratin straightening treatments with natural products. In the spa, she administers soothing Swedish massages, waxes away unwanted body hair, and beautifies hands and feet with manicures and pedicures.
Whether your hair is a magnificently buoyant crown of curls and character or a defiant mass of twigs, gobs of vegan mayonnaise, and half-chewed Now and Laters, kAt Hair Studio will assess its needs by combining cosmetology experience with the gut instinct of a hard-boiled detective. After the cut ($25) takes your cocky mane down a peg, enjoy some deep healing with deep conditioning ($10), which moisturizes your living wig while getting it to open up about its childhood and confront its dependency issues. Next, a glossing ($30) will restore the shimmer and shine your follicles flaunted when they were first removed from their original packaging. It all comes to a magnificent finale with the styling ($10 with cut), during which your stylist will factor in your high-school GPA, rent history, and whether or not you have a boating license to create the style that best fits your true essence.