Getting in shape requires hard work and commitment, but 26,000 square feet of fitness equipment and training facilities certainly helps. That's what you can expect at Ignite Health & Fitness, where personal trainers lead one-on-one workouts to supplement group classes such as Zumba and BodyPump. Convenient amenities such as a towel service and tanning beds only sweeten the pot.
At Style Suites, stylist Nesey foregoes the assistance of a receptionist and instead relies on personal relationships with her clients to ramp up business. Having established a rapport, Nesey keeps customers happy by using top-notch products, such as formaldehyde-free Agave smoothing treatments, to style and straighten 'dos.
Passionate about helping clients revamp their image via both dramatic and subtle changes to their hair, experienced stylist Pamela Dawson facilitates mane transformations thanks to a host of salon services. Amid Studio Elements’ glossy wooden floors and ultramodern decor, Pamela can be found at her styling station chatting cheerfully with her patrons as she colors and cuts their hair. She also adds volume to flat hair via perms and eases tightly wound strands with relaxers and gentle yet supportive bear hugs.
The ample hands-on experience that Aveda Institute's students receive in cosmetology, hair styling, and skincare is only one part of their extensive training. Even as these burgeoning professionals master more advanced techniques, their instructors work to impart a sense of social and environmental responsibility. These are the tenets of founder and environmentalist Horst M. Rechelbacher, whose vision of living in sync with nature led to Aveda's botanically based products for hair and skin.
At the institute, students cull knowledge from industry experts through extensive practical training under the supervision of mentors. Stylists learn how to cut hair and soothe stress with complimentary mini facials, makeup touchups, and horn sharpening. Future aestheticians restore balance to faces and bodies with relaxing skincare treatments.
To connect with both the local and global community, students also apply their efforts toward charity events such as Earth Month. This campaign helps raise funds for the Sierra Club, who in turn uses the donations to help protect sources of clean water worldwide. The Institute is also hosting an upcoming fashion benefit show on April 23, with procedes going to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Columbus.
Sweet & Sassy’s stylists pamper kids during fun spa treatments incorporating lots of bubblegum pink, sugary treats, and glitter. As youngsters lounge on tangerine pillows, they receive kid-calibrated manicures and pedicures featuring sparkly nail art and toe rings. Gentle, sweet-smelling concoctions turn facials into a kid-friendly experience, and ear-piercing services add age-appropriate glam. For birthday parties, celebrants can arrive in the spa’s pink limousine before strutting down the runway in Sweet & Sassy’s glittery gowns.
Master stylist Tomika Gordon began her career as a styling educator for Hype World Int. and catapulted herself into the beauty industry, eventually being featured in the pages of Xtreme Hairstyles Magazine. At Salon Lofts, the 20-year veteran gives hairdos professional overhauls with sleek haircuts, coloring services, and treatments such as perms and extensions. She also specializes in eyelash services, and preps brides, prom-goers, and decorative cacti for their big days with special-event hairstyling.