Kelli Ruff's calendar testifies to her passion for hair design—each month is packed with salon appointments and professional-development classes. She incorporates the latest techniques and products into haircuts and coloring treatments, striking a balance between what's trendy and what looks best on the client. In addition to standard salon services, Ruff offers keratin-coloring treatments that darken or brighten tresses while giving them the silky texture of a baby seal's whiskers.
Amid the exposed-brick walls and shiny black floors of Ovation Salon’s ultra-modern interior, nail artist Cheryl Romine practices her craft. She draws from more than 25 years of experience as she tends to clients’ hands and feet, mixing custom scrubs to exfoliate skin. She also arms customers with a nonalcoholic frozen drink or a piece of candy, depending on what time of year it is and whether or not their hands are on fire. Afterward, she makes sure to fully sanitize her station to ensure cleanliness for the next guest. Cheryl’s nail services fall in line with Ovation Salon’s mission, which is to use its staff’s expertise to help clients feel good from the outside in.
From her workspace inside the Fringe Hair Salon, nail artist Rachel Lane disinfects and sterilizes her tools before every manicure and pedicure, and carries out each treatment with laser-like attention to cleaning, filing, and shaping the nails and cuticles. After each treatment, clients leave with brightly polished digits or Shellac layers, which give nails a gloss that shines for up to two weeks without fading or synchronizing with the colors of a malign mood ring.
Inside Eve A Salon & Spa, Skyler Novotny employs a keen eye to cut hair at just the right angle and add streaks of color on just the right strands. Her nimble fingers skillfully apply cleansing shampoos that remove dirt, oil, and forgotten bubblegum.
Ashley Dow, the owner of Estella A Salon, tends to the locks and skin of her clients with haircut, Paul Mitchell color, and waxing services. Along with her staff, Ashley also welcomes wedding parties, creating eye-catching updos as brides and bridesmaids sip on mimosas.