Mani Pedi in Mount Adams

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The staff members at Essential Styles have mastered head-to-toe beauty services. They take on unkempt hair with haircuts and relaxers, enlisting the help of Paul Mitchell, Essations, Mizani, and Nairobi Professional products. Or, for an entirely different look, they sew in or bond weaves. For faces, they arch eyebrows and thicken lashes with extensions. Finally, they turn to fingernails and toenails, rounding out their top-to-bottom treatment menu with manicures, pedicures, and intricate nail art, such as drawings of smaller toenails on larger toenails to mimic a matryoshka doll.

1617 Highland Ave
Cincinnati,
OH
US

Pangaea is a great alternative to the big box shopping experience, a world flair boutique with surprisingly down to earth prices. A veritable treasure trove, this shop delivers a delightful selection of unique and hard-to-find gifts, fabulous clothing, sterling jewelry and so much more.

326 Ludlow Ave
Cincinnati,
OH
US

Most popular service: Color and haircut
Brands Used: Joico, Paul Mitchell
Reservations/Appointments: Recommended
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Metered street parking
Pro Tip: A picture is worth a thousand words. When I am doing a clients hair, picturess are appreciated.

Q&A with Andrea Thompson, Stylist

Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
I have an instructor license in cosmetology, several certifications from natIonal brands of keratin smoothing—including Chi, Pravana and Enjoy—and color education including Joico, Paul Mitchell, Goldwell, Wella, and Rusk. I also have specialized training at the Dudley Academy for textured/curly hair.

Out of your entire repertoire, which is your favorite service to perform and why?
Color. It is the best way to change your look, whether the change is bold or subtle.

What steps do you take to make your clients feel at ease?
I listen to each client's needs, then try to create a look that fits their lifestyle. I show them easy tips on how to re-create a look at home.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I am a multi-culture stylist with almost 20 years of experience. Curly hair is my specialty.

2647 Erie Ave
Cincinnati,
OH
US

Treatments and experiences are one at the same at All Nailed Up by Dana. Take, for instance, the Hawaiian Tropical mani-pedi. Just one of the salon's featured services, it includes an exfoliating sugar scrub and aromatherapuetic mask to accompany the traditional nail care treatments. Other nail treatments here include hot stone massages, warm paraffin applications, and gel manicures.

2717 Erie Avenue
Cincinnati,
OH
US

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.

3505 Michigan Avenue
Cincinnati,
OH
US

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.

2882 Wasson Rd.
Cincinnati,
OH
US