As a child, Michael Cremar would watch, rapt, as his mother––a hairstylist of 28 years––enhanced a person’s natural beauty using nothing more than a pair of scissors and a little creativity. Inspired by his mom's magical touch, Cremar decided to follow in her footsteps, leading him to undergo rigorous training at the Aveda Institute, where he earned his cosmetology license. Today, he performs his own small miracles inside Shear Beauty, making dead ends disappear with a simple flick of his wrist and transforming frizzy, rebellious locks into smooth, straight strands with keratin treatments. Not content to limit his styling expertise to hair, he also offers waxing services to leave skin looking smooth and soft, as well as manicures and pedicures to soothe digits left stressed after a long week of typing, texting, or scratching the backs of itchy statues.
Cynthia Schoettlin, a nail technician at Jacobsen's Skin & Body Care, keeps fingernails and toenails looking well groomed with services that range from natural nailcare to long-lasting gel mani-pedis. After trimming cuticles and buffing calluses, she carefully applies polish by brands such as OPI, Gelish, and Zoya. She also offers pampering spa treatments such as sea-salt scrubs and herbal foot soaks.
At VenusKardia, neither the patients nor the technology age much. That's because the staff strives to stay abreast of the latest med spa services. To that end, they schedule Venus Freeze treatments to tighten loose skin and SkinMedica peels to diminish the appearance of wrinkles, which come from exposure to toxins, UV rays, or Mr. Bean films.
Rachel Cooper specializes in color. She brandishes her tint brush deftly, whether crafting natural looks or dipping ends in a bold, punky hue. In addition to executing chameleon-esque color changes, Cooper snips locks, shapes 'dos, and waxes what hairs her clients don't want. She's been in the beauty industry since the invention of combs, which was almost 15 years ago.
The trained tress-tamers at Salon Lofts know how to snip, dye, and charm the most distraught bristles, frizzies, and Medusa head-snakes. Specialists can expertly install partial weaves ($85), add accent color to colloquial coiffures ($65+), and strap in shine with a super-shine gloss treatment seatbelt ($45+). Or opt for nail services and enjoy expertly manicured finger lawns and toe topiaries ($40+ for a spa manicure and pedicure) (services and prices may vary by location). Call ahead or go online to schedule your appointment.
Consider Kelli Roberts's styling chair at HareFlare14 an intersection of nationwide trends and personal goals. The 15-year master stylist and John Paul Mitchell National Color Educator regularly attends seminars to glean a picture of the latest trends and styles, but also takes time with each client to listen to their desires and determine how to tailor a look to fit with their facial features and lifestyle. Kelli can achieve classic as well as cutting-edge styles, a talent that she flaunts in each of her haircuts, coloring treatments, and keratin smoothing treatments. Women prepping for a wedding, attending a special event, or getting really competitive about school picture day can also benefit from her formal styling prowess.