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.
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).
Fused together to create one happening hair place, Salon Sollievo and Studio 26 keep manes manageable with the aid of a skilled scissor-wielding crew of coiffure craftologists. After a free hair-color consultation, each haircut ($28) trims strands into sculpted tornado- proof structures as wooly brows or bristly lips are defuzzed with a waxing ($12). In addition to sharpening follicles into bonsai hair bushes, customers can choose to treat lackluster mop tops to a full hair coloring, which coats skullcaps in a skin-tone-complementing color. Transform mousey brown locks into luscious chocolate hat fillers or brassy golden tresses. Visitors can wind down amid the elegant confines, which are adorned with dark wood floors, earthy tones, and a relaxing waiting area featuring a fireplace that’s perfect for disposing of accumulated parking tickets.