Salon Beck's staff of coiffure craftspeople tenderly tends to tresses with an array of carefully delivered services, including refining haircuts, coloring procedures, shampoo stylings, and formal finishings. Scissor-wielding stylists are available for custom cuts for women ($35–$75) and men ($25–$75). Pale yellows can be restored to lightning-like lemon colors and fading midnight black is rescued from the harsh dawn of gray with a single-process coloring ($40–$55). Salon Beck also provides shampoo finishes ($20–$50), color balancing ($10+), brow and lash tinting ($15–$25), and more.
Recognized in CityBeat’s Best of Cincinnati feature two years in a row, Inner Peace coddles clients with muscle-melting massages. Unwind under light to medium pressure during a full-body Swedish massage, which uses techniques such as effleurage, petrissage, kneading, and friction to pressure stress into jumping out of the body and joining the circus. With the custom-tailored massage, gentle-handed therapists center medium to heavy pressure on specific maltreated muscles and sore joints. Individually designed stroke sequences relieve shoulders tight from prolonged computer use and lower backs stiff from couch juggling. The chakra-healing massage relieves physical and emotional strains with a combination of energy healing, deep-tissue work, and acupressure. By opening the chakras for personal transformation and healing, clients can unburden pain trapped within body tissues and lurking beneath toenails.
GG Massage Studio's friendly massage therapist will strategically arrange gently heated, smooth-basalt lava stones on key energy points of your body to deliver a comfortable warmth that drains away tension and brings your muscles to the optimal stress-exorcism temperature. At the same time, skilled hands work warmed oils deeply into your skin, which causes the lymphatic system to flow at an increased rate, which causes your immune system to strengthen and your circulatory system to refresh, which causes your smiling muscles to flex, which causes your dreamboat movie star to fall in love with you, which causes your life to become a paparazzi gold mine, which seems incredibly unlikely yet, at the same time, highly plausible.
Get your hair ready for fish-teasing season with a haircut and style ($35+ for women) from one of Salon Urbanity's innovative stylists, or artificially infuse a sun-kissed look into your 'do with full foil highlights ($70+). You can also freshen up for an upcoming passport photo with a microdermabrasion treatment ($120+). Salon Urbanity's skilled technician will peel away the years by exfoliating the top microlayer of facial skin to earn double profiles from airport security. An indulgent french manicure ($22+) may spiff up sorry fingernails. Or, if your new career in plantain farming has made your muscles tense and tightened, opt for a relaxating relaxation massage ($35+) and feel troubles melt away like a dropped ice-cream cone in the Sahara.
When owner Giovanni Finocchiaro picked up the phone at Face It Spa, he heard one of his clients sobbing. She had been preparing for a presentation at work, and in the process, her skin had broken out so badly that Finocchiaro recalls her lamenting, "I just can't do it. I have to see you." Finocchiaro, who once dreamed of being a counselor, told her to come in immediately. "When you help people look better on the outside, it really does make them feel better inward, too," he says. When his distraught client arrived, he tailored a peel for her sensitive skin that helped kill bacteria and calm inflammation. Within a few days, he says, "she couldn't believe … how [her complexion] was already turning around."
Inside his recently remodeled boutique, Finocchiaro caters to each of his clients in the same way. He offers them complimentary water or tea before leading them across dark hardwood floors to a candlelit treatment room. After cleansing their face, he uses a lighted magnifier to analyze their skin type, then employs PCA products and a wide arsenal of customizable facial treatments to help them reach specific beauty goals or the center of the Earth.
Celebrity stylist Amanda Kelly and her team of hair artisans smooth manescapes with Brazilian Blowout and formaldehyde-free Brazilian Blowout Zero straightening treatments. Similar to the system used to prepare a Snickers bar for interstellar travel, a Brazilian Blowout coats each shaft of hair in a nutrient-rich layer of protective protein goodness, eliminating frizz and smoothing cuticles. A stylist then blow-dries and flat irons locks, re-proteinizes, and rinses and blow-dries again. Results last up to 3 months, about the same amount of time it typically takes to eliminate frizz by wishing it out of existence.
Cultivating neck-up styles in the heart of Mount Adams, As You Like It Hair Salon's experienced head groomers turn drab 'dos into well-manicured manes and strip visages of surplus strands. Waxings keep top lips fuzz-free ($15) or banish deviant chin and cheek whiskers ($22) that have migrated from nearby kittens. Stylists sculpt tresses into trendy formations during women's cuts and finishes ($42), or snip men's scalp coverings into debonair form ($28). An oversize, brightly painted duck that waddled in from the playgrounds of yore serves as a kid-friendly throne for tykes getting trimmed ($15), and sardonic teens can secretly admire his feathers from a leather chair during their clip sessions ($20).