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]]
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.
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.
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.
In a private studio tucked away at Style Suites, Angel Peterson wields her shears with style, performing haircuts, color, and restorative treatments. Surrounded by shining hardwood floors and granite counters, clients can take a seat in Angel's chair for all-over color, quick shampoos and blowouts, or up to 20 inches of hair extensions.