Boasting a trifecta of beautifying certifications, owner Julie Nelson serves as the lead cosmetologist, body-sugaring specialist, and semi-permanent mascara technician at J’s Neighborhood Salon and Sugar Shack Wax. She and her dedicated staff merge their expertise to devise a suite of services that include haircuts, hair color, and applications of Cry Baby Mascara, which uses a waterproof, semi-permanent formula to leave lashes dark and voluminous for up to two weeks. Meanwhile, certified Alexandria sugaring technicians use a caramel-like paste made from natural ingredients to remove hair in the direction of growth, much like the method used by beach-vacationing Candyland characters.
Nestled in Green Gables Farm, Whole Body Studio and Spa nurtures holistic wellness with an array of salon and fitness services in a tranquil setting. Clients can tote dry or damaged head threads in for a softening and strengthening Moroccan Oil treatment, which soaks strands in a rich blend of protein, antioxidants, and argan oil to leave them as fortified as a bowl of cream of wheat, but with better body and bounce. The treatment seals in moisture with a process gentle enough for color-treated or processed hair, allowing stylists to wash away the serum and style newly silky tresses into a shiny, updated shape. Partial highlights enable heads to set select strands aglow with illuminating color that adds dimension and assists migrating birds in safe night landings, while a customized cut sees stylists snipping locks to exact specifications informed by the customer's input, trends, and current government regulations on bangs.
The hair specialists at Trina & Co. Salon & Spa perform a comprehensive cadre of hair transformations and spa services on men, women, and children. In addition to basic snipping and styling, they also offer color, straightening and curling treatments, and extension applications. For maintaining cuticles elsewhere on the body, Trina & Co. offers nail services including french manicures, ideal for sneaking into Europe without a passport. A private massage studio also stands by ready to host relaxation, as Trina & Co.'s therapists utilize Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue techniques to relieve dorsal tension.
Linda Nichols looks back with nostalgia on an era when friendly, old-fashioned barbershops were not a rare sight on America’s street corners. Though she has trimmed men’s hair and beards for more than three decades, it was only 10 years ago that she took matters into her own hands and opened Nichols Barbershop.
The red and blue striped barber’s pole that hangs from the shop’s modest storefront prepares guests for a throwback experience that combines contemporary fashion with an old-time sense of hospitality. Inside, the shop's skilled barbers take the time to get to know each client while leading them to a vintage barber chair and prepping their implements for a traditional haircut or straight-razor shave. After a particularly successful trim, the staff even offers to take and store a picture of your haircut, ensuring that they know exactly what to do during subsequent visits and FBI inquires. As for the atmosphere, it's cozy—like a barbershop should be—and loaded with quirky memorabilia: the walls pay homage to Linda's favorite television show, The Andy Griffith Show, with stacked displays of prints and pictures.
As the seventh of eight children, Kim Osborne must have seen her fair share of bumps and bruises. Growing up with many siblings may have contributed to her decision to earn a Bachelor of Science degree with a pre-med emphasis. But nothing could have prepared her for the serious illness her third child experienced shortly after she was born. After an unsuccessful attempt to treat her daughter's condition with traditional medicine, Osborne turned to a local chiropractor. She was on the road to health within a few visits and Osborne has made it her life's mission to help others experience the same healing. Now a chiropractic physician certified in family practice, Kim Osborne, DC, has also received specialized training in acupuncture, botanical medicine, and women's health to better care for her patients.
Dr. Osborne leads the staff at Rockford Wellness & Diagnostic Center in performing advanced diagnostic testing and conservative treatments that focus on preventing disease by seeking out the underlying causes. She uses the low-force Activator Methods adjusting instrument to deliver gentle chiropractic care. Dr. Osborne can analyze saliva to reveal the potential effectiveness of bioidentical hormone therapy or evaluate hair samples to determine heavy-metal toxicity. She also combats the effects of aging and promotes physical healing by saturating bodily tissues with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Each year, aesthetician Candace R. Heaslip travels to France to train on the latest skincare techniques. Having received her CIDESCO diplomacy in Zurich, Switzerland, this annual trip reaffirms her decade-long commitment to beautifying clients while inspiring a feeling of relaxation. Heaslip ensures comfort with an adjustable bed that can accommodate clients of most heights and people with disabilities. The skincare expert custom-blends formulas for some anti-aging facials, and she also offers body-wraps as well as waxing and brow and lash tinting that can optimize facial signaling for upcoming staring contests.