It isn't every day that a licensed massage therapist gets to work during a rock concert. Jasmine McKenzie had just that opportunity when she gave much-needed kneads to performing artists and crew members at the Rock on the Range music festival. She's also accustomed to the refined ambiance at the Scioto Country Club, where she previously practiced techniques ranging from deep-tissue and hot-stone massage to neuromuscular therapy and pregnancy massage.
Between her experience and education?a bachelor's degree in health and wellness and training at the Cleveland Institute of Medical Massage?Jasmine's talents have brought her many unique client experiences. Now at her own practice, she continues to wield her massage talents against ailments such as back pain and injuries caused by athletic exertion or fist bumps that have gone horribly wrong.
For more than 28 years, stylist Luann Albert has helped clients—including three former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterbacks—get ready for getting seen. Her crack-team of 12 stylists and cosmetologists operate out of a homey studio, full of throw rugs, curio cabinets, and hardwood floors with absolutely no telltale hearts beneath them. Luann cuts and styles hair, but also levels up manes with keratin smoothing sessions and permanent-wave treatments.
Within private and semiprivate rooms, staffers rejuvenate the non-scalp parts of clients with four facials that use Bioelements products, five nail services, and a range of massages, such as the deep-tissue, hot-stone, or less-practiced heavy-boulder massage developed at the Wile E. Coyote School of Beauty.:m]]
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.
Crystal Bramer started her career early, taking cosmetology classes during high school. After graduating with honors, she sharpened her skills at two salons before striking out on her own. Now she pours more than a decade of experience into each mane and enlists the help of products such as CHI, Joico, and American Crew. Crystal specializes in coloring and Cinderella hair extensions, but her menu also includes cuts, keratin treatments, and perms. When she isn't shaping brows or twisting tendrils into formal updos, she attends classes and hair shows to stay current on latest trends.
Inside of Dublin's Cut & Shave, a team of licensed barber stylists tends to gentlemen with clean haircuts, relaxing shaves, and massages. Armed with a leather strap, straight razor, and laser scope for accuracy, the cadre of andro-aestheticians call on their centuries-old trade and extensive cosmetology training to dole out hyper-smooth shaves tailored to each client's skin. They also soothe necks weary from day jobs tutoring bobble-head dolls with scalp, neck, and shoulder massages, lending to a general atmosphere of relaxation.
Jay Ward, a master stylist with more than nine years of experience, cuts, colors, and perms hair inside her space at Salon Lofts. She handles hairstyles of all lengths, sculpting strands with Kenra Platinum haircare products and lending extra oomph with all-over colors and highlights from the Wella Salon Door color line. She also waxes eyebrows to ensure that they complement her clients' new hairdos and old letterman jackets.