At Bella Salons & Spa and Sola Salons, Jennifer Allison wields high-end products and a mastery of hair techniques to trim and smooth tired locks. Her Brazilian straightening treatments, for example, help ease frizzy and chemically treated hair so that it looks healthy and shiny once again.
JeanMarie Becker's quest to relieve others' stress led her to become a licensed and registered massage therapist. For the past decade, she has helped her clients to find relief from pain while teaching them to take care of themselves and listen to their bodies’ quiet, echoing whispers. She employs a range of massage modalities such as myofascial release and pregnancy massage, and she induces relaxation with light Swedish massage techniques along with firm deep-tissue strokes. When she isn't kneading muscles, JeanMarie drapes clients with towels, applies mini facials, and candles ears.
Sunlight glances off the angular glass façade of the med spa. Inside the office, a sleek, professional feel belies the warm reception that visitors receive from clinic manager Katrina Caillet and her well-trained staff. Their caring and supportive attitude lends extra warmth to the therapeutic beams of lasers trained to flicker in rhythm with "Kumbaya." The staff also primps skin with clinical-grade products from brands such as JanMarini, SkinMedica, and SkinCeuticals.
Tan It All bronzes bodies sans sunlight with traditional light-bed tanning and UV-free Mystic Tans. One month of super-bed tanning ($45 value) puts sallow skin through rigorous 10–20 minute melanin workouts to prime it for days spent outdoors or the eventual migration of humans to the sun. Otherwise, pelts of all shades can benefit from a month of red-light therapy ($80 value), which bombards skin surfaces with friendly visible-spectrum light within the comfort of a high-tech bed, seeking to shrink pores, smooth wrinkles, and give skin a healthy, toned appearance. By stimulating collagen and elastin production, the treatment can deliver a noticeably firmer and springier epidermis in as little as 30 days. For UV-free pigment popping, hop, skip, or teleport into a private individual chamber for a patented Mystic Tan ($20–$25 value), which applies 60-second spritzings of paraben-free tanning solution.
When hairstylist Shelton Ogle opened his first salon at 21, he quickly realized the secret to maximizing the number of gorgeous haircuts he could render: a well-trained staff. So two years later, he opened his beauty school, Ogle School of Hair, Skin & Nails. Now in its 40th year, the school leverages its accrued experience and knowledge to teach aesthetic arts ranging from skincare to hair coloring. In the school’s salons, students practice on the public, cutting hair into elegant, customized shapes, texturizing strands with relaxers and perms, and highlighting nails with manicures, rather than with rings with built-in strobe lights. A testament to Shelton’s success in building his vision, he was even able to develop a weekly show for PBS about the beauty industry.
The Skin Spa’s licensed aesthetician, Kellen Crawford, uses Rhonda Allison skincare products, with which she has extensive training. Kellen didn’t start using this product line by accident. A few years back, when she was frustrated with adult acne, she began trying Rhonda Allison products, in addition to skin peels and microdermabrasion. These were the tools Kellen used to improve her complexion, and she carries the resulting inspiration with her every day as she renders custom facials, vitamin therapy, body treatments, and waxing services, not to mention the chemical peels that she found so helpful.