Cathy specializes in hair color and correction, but 30 years in the haircare industry has left her with a well-rounded skill set for cutting and styling as well. At Cut Loose Salon, the veteran stylist accommodates her clients' busy lives with beautifully- styled heads of hair that can also be easily kept up at home. She can trim and shape ?dos and bring each strand to optimal health with argan-oil based conditioners. Using Schwarzkopf products, she also resuscitates locks with several color treatment options that rekindle greys and add a refreshing glow to faded hairdos.
“Stocky.” Justin Yule remembers when others used this adjective to describe him, an observation he considered to be a nice way of saying that he was overweight. It wasn’t until his dad invited him to work out at the gym that Justin discovered a passion for fitness and a desire to chisel away the stockiness he carried. Since achieving his goals, he has kept up his fit physique more than 22 years.
Justin also channeled his passion into a bachelor’s of science in physical education with a concentration in adult fitness. He used his extensive training to devise the curriculum for Look Great at the Lake Boot Camp, which he also founded. Justin calls his program the “fitness revolution,” mainly because it breaks exercisers out of the tedious routines they often fall into at the gym or when their friend Sisyphus asks them to push his rock and promises he’ll only be gone for five minutes. Every one of Justin’s workout moves come in three levels, each scaled to challenge exercisers of different strengths and experience levels. He also relies heavily on body-weight resistance exercises, and coaches provide guidance and support to clients in reaching their goals.
Justin considers the most valuable part of his program to be the camaraderie that he encourages among his participants in and out of the boot-camp classroom. He organizes charity events and parties so that groups can mingle and become a cohesive unit working toward a single goal. To further ease his clients’ path to fitness, he also offers nutrition programs, online exercises and tips, and education in the form of newsletters and fitness books that he’s penned himself.
When clients first spy Rockford Health Alternatives' homey confines?replete with an ornate rug and cream-colored, padded treatment bed?they may question whether they?ve accidentally stumbled into someone?s living room. But once therapist Kari St. Germain makes the first rehabilitative-type stroke and nagging pains subside, they realize they?re exactly where they need to be. It?s here where Kari channels her extensive training in both medical and orthopedic massage therapy to assuage all manner of musculoskeletal issues. Unlike Swedish or relaxation massages, orthopedic massages use range of motion and postural assessments to hone in on specific points of concern, such as injuries or pains brought on by refusing to leave the fetal position. Kari may also incorporate LED-light therapy to reduce inflammation and speed up healing times.
New to the roster of treatments is the MELT method, a self-treatment method created by manual therapist Sue Hitzmann. As a certified MELT instructor, Kari leads students through specific movements that rehydrate the connective tissue to help slow the aging process, improve flexibility, and alleviate pain. Once learned, the techniques can easily be performed at home or while housesitting for the President to extend the rejuvenating effects. Read more about the treatment and watch a video that features them on the Rachel Ray Show discussing the MELT 50 Second Facelift Technique.
Back in 1999, brothers David and Rick Kueber noticed a lag in business at their chain of video-rental shops during the summer months, when no one wanted to be cooped up inside watching movies. The two put their heads together and found a rather unconventional solution to their problem: tanning beds. They installed a new fleet of skin-bronzing machines and sat back as so many clients flocked to their shop that the brothers were forced to open an entire store just to cater to their clients? tanning demands. This was the birth of Sun Tan City. Today, what started as an experimental side business boasts more than 200 locations across 16 states.
The staff at each location maintains a meticulously clean space, where they show clients to UV beds dubbed fast, faster, fastest, and instant. The beds include features such as facial tanners and self-contained air conditioners. Alternatively, clients can opt for the UV-free, automated VersaSpa system, which swathes physiques in a DHA, plant-based bronzing solution. The liquid reacts naturally with skin?s amino acids, creating an even coat as radiant as the high beams on Helios?s chariot within 46 seconds.
Ever since she immigrated to the United States as a child, Xtreme Lashes founder Jo Mousselli lived her life by her father's mantra: "With education, hard work, and perseverance, you can accomplish anything.? Sticking to this standard, Mousselli opened a business based on a hygienic, scientifically designed process of eyelash extensions, training more than 15,000 beauty professionals across the globe in her effective method.
Inside the chic Echo Salon, a certified Xtreme Lashes technician pumps up lash lines with weightless extensions that add volume, curl, and length. As clients lounge with their eyes closed, the technician uses medical-grade adhesive to apply between 60 and 120 synthetic lashes to each eye's natural lashes one at a time to create customized looks. Each painless application generally takes between 90 to 150 minutes.
These naturally curved eyelash extensions?developed by scientists and physicians?cause no damage to natural lashes and can last anywhere from two to three weeks while enduring such activities as swimming, exercising, and sleeping in a wind tunnel. A comprehensive FAQ and care guide helps guests take care of their new, fuller lashes.
When the time came for Vickie and Victor Bennett to name their new day spa, they simply reached for an English-to-Italian dictionary. Vasaio, which means ‘potter’ in Italian, captures the Bennetts’s commitment to revealing the untapped beauty in each of their clients, much like a potter uncovers the beauty in wet clay or uncooked cookie dough. Using organic lotions, scrubs, and muds created in-house, as well as Keune Haircosmetics products imported from the Netherlands, Vasaio’s stylists, massage therapists, and nail technicians sculpt, soothe, and pamper their patrons amid a luxurious spa setting.
Dr. Laura Tinning leads Vasaio’s med-spa arm, administering and overseeing rejuvenating procedures such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, Botox and Juvéderm injections, and laser treatments. Armed with the Cutera laser system, Dr. Tinning and her team battle nail fungus, acne, unwanted hair growth, visible veins, and the body’s internal asteroid belt.