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]]
Nail technician Tia Beal has dedicated more than five years to the art of nailcare. From spa pedicures to gel and Shellac manicures, she beautifies the hands and feet of her clients. In addition to nailcare, the salon provides hairstyling services, eyelash tinting, and eyebrow threading.
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.
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.
Nestled in historic Dublin, bare s.k.i.n. day spa is manned by an experienced staff that performs a range of skincare and muscle-relaxing treatments. Inside, guests receive custom skin recommendations based on their circumstances. Aestheticians rely on Éminence Organic Skin Care products and dōTerra essential oils as they soften and tone skin with organic fruit- and vegetable-extract facials, and fruit pulp or blueberry peels that detoxify and slough off dead skin.
Licensed massage therapist Cathy Kline performs relaxation and deep-tissue massages, and certified reflexologist Karen Brown kneads hands and feet during reflexology sessions. Staff members can also organize spa parties, during which groups of visitors let their hair down while therapists perform spa services from an a la carte menu.
Tan Pro USA has been compensating for the less-than-ideal latitudinal coordinates of Ohio since 1998. It was then that they opened their first tanning outpost furnished with 30 UV beds, and they have since expanded operations to 43 stores throughout the state. They stock each location with ample tanning units, rendering appointments an archaic formality equivalent to gifting a sheep to your defense lawyer. After customers stroll in, they can slide into an Ergoline 1100, which boasts four ultra-performance facial tanners and two high-pressure shoulder tanners. Staffers advise which lotions enhance traditional tanning results along with explaining the benefits of the UV-free VersaSpa spray-tan booths. Harnessing infrared heat, VersaSpa booths impart a glow to entire physiques or targeted trouble areas, such as the inside of the armpits.
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.