When hairstylist Scott Schuman opened Illusions in 1990, he was joined by a team of cosmetologists and stylists who also happened to be his longtime friends. With this tight-knit crew in tow, Scott and his business partner, Teri, opened up the salon’s current location, a sun-drenched space with wooden floors and glimmering display cases filled with professional-grade hair products. The staffers, who consider themselves members of the same extended family, perform a wide array of salon services, from men’s and women’s cuts to color treatments and elegant updos suited for formal events or fancy games of laser tag.
Master stylist Stephen Nutt, an industry veteran of 21 years, uses cutting-edge products to craft classic and innovative hairstyles for clients from a range of ethnic backgrounds. In addition to designing custom color and cuts, Nutt is a certified Hairdreams extension specialist and an authority on relaxing and conditioning services, which save hair from performing tiring calisthenics. He designs and crafts unique and glamorous styles for weddings and special occasions, and has performed hundreds of keratin hair treatments. Nutt hones his craft at Elements Hair Studio, a multiroom salon with intricately patterned wood and tile floors, plush pedicure chairs, and full-length mirrors.
Salon Beck's staff of coiffure craftspeople tenderly tends to tresses with an array of carefully delivered services, including refining haircuts, coloring procedures, shampoo stylings, and formal finishings. Scissor-wielding stylists are available for custom cuts for women ($35–$75) and men ($25–$75). Pale yellows can be restored to lightning-like lemon colors and fading midnight black is rescued from the harsh dawn of gray with a single-process coloring ($40–$55). Salon Beck also provides shampoo finishes ($20–$50), color balancing ($10+), brow and lash tinting ($15–$25), and more.
Owner Mary Sowers describes Hair & Body Works as a place "where healthy meets beautiful"—a claim that's corroborated by her use of ethical products, such as Kevin.Murphy haircare. As a PETA-approved brand, Kevin.Murphy adheres to a strict no-cruelty-to-animals policy and remains free of sulfates, parabens, and caffeine. The salon also offers beautification beyond the scalp with services such as waxing, tanning, massage, and nailcare.
Alba Beauty Studio—short for Andrea Lauren Beauty Associates— is a premier beauty studio that caters to a variety of clients aesthetic needs such as hair and make-up needs. The studio is also home to Cincy Style Bar which is located inside of Alba Beauty Studio. Most nicknames are well earned, and Cincy Style Bar's is no exception. Affectionately deemed "BPP"—blown, painted, and powdered— helps its clients achieve a polished and put-together look in approximately one hour. Makeup artists apply one of six signature looks ranging from "natural beauty," which amps up facial features without the noticeable appearance of cosmetics, to the enigmatic "mysterious beauty," which uses winged eyeliner to spark the attention of roving Hardy Boys. Makeup lessons help the Style Bar's clients replicate their fetching looks at home.
Full transformations continue in LadiesOnlySprayTanning— the tanning boutique. Catering exclusively to women, LOST strives to give each client an airbrushed tan that's free of streaks and lines. If that wasn't enough, blowouts, manicures, and false lashes round out the roster of services.
It’s easy to misread Jenna Giltz’s last name as “Glitz.” It wouldn’t be an entirely inappropriate misnomer, considering Jenna’s reputation for adding glitz and glamour to her clients’ looks with stylish cuts and coloring treatments. To keep hair healthy and beautiful, she conditions with professional Redken and Pureology products. Hairstyling isn’t the only trick in Jenna’s book, however. She also performs mani-pedis, shaping nails and decorating them with vibrant designs that make counting to 10 far more exciting.