Though they can both claim illustrious careers in the hairstyling industry, Joey and Nikki followed very different paths to get to where they are today. Joey trained with Aveda in 1989 and then took his scissors on the road, snipping strands in salons from Nashville to LA. Nikki, on the other hand, has spent most of her 35-year career honing her management skills as the owner of a successful Cincinnati salon. In 2007, they joined forces to create Joey & Roman Salon—Roman is Nikki’s last name—a Kérastase Paris salon specializing in cuts, color, and keratin hair-smoothing treatments.
The salon is also home to stylists Chris and Jon, each of whom has spent at least one year training under Joey, learning to execute the latest styles and refining scissor-hand agility by clipping a blizzard of paper snowflakes. Industrial touches permeate the ultramodern space: stylists store their haircare products and equipment in heavy-duty Craftsman tool cabinets and sheets of corrugated tin line the slate-gray walls.
The stylists at Mitchell's Salon & Day Spa have beautified Cincinnati-area clients for the past 30 years. During that time, the staff has grown to more than 400 employees across five locations. They've also garnered several press mentions, including their most recent victory in The Knot's Best of Weddings 2013. These accolades are all possible because of the meticulous care that the salon pours into both its posh ambiance and soothing treatments. Stylists perfect 'dos with haircuts and smoothing keratin treatments, and aestheticians perform antioxidant facials, which make the skin more resilient against hazards such as environmental damage and cheek-pinching aunts.
Lasers are widely known for their ability to eliminate unwanted hair, but they also have a lesser-known ability: promoting hair’s growth. By boosting blood flow and tissue repair, lasers gently revive dormant follicles. Low-level laser therapy is just one of the treatments offered at Cirrus Hair Centers, though it’s hard to say which is the most sophisticated. Consider that their hair transplants use customized chisel blades, matching the size of the client’s follicular units so that new locks blend in seamlessly. Each treatment is performed by a licensed cosmetologist, who is also a certified hair-replacement technician, a dual title that can only be earned by helping a foppish judge pick a new powdered wig.
The team of tanning experts at Endless Summer keep their salon pristine and in tip-top shape, ensuring pleasant visits each time. They change tanning bulbs 200 hour early and cleanse bed interiors every 400 hours. Their just as serious about the products they shelve, too, testing all of them on themselves before making them available to customers. Besides tanning beds and custom spray tans, they turn their studio into a full-service place of respite with hair design, nail treatments, skincare, and massage.
Matrix colorist and artistic educator Christy Tumlin Stultz sees red a lot. It is her specialty color when transforming her clients’ manes with hair dye. Not one to shy away from cutting-edge trends, she adds peekaboo highlights with cobalt-blue dye or swirls resembling DNA strands with hair-stencil designs. She is also quite comfortable shearing off overgrown locks with scissors and removing unwanted brow or lip hair with warm wax.
At Salon Lofts Bridgewater, if you're not seeing a hairstylist, aesthetician, or nail technician, you're likely seeing massage therapist Jessica Hartman. Hartman, who has worked in chiropractic and spa settings, has a knack for doling out therapeutic deep-tissue massages and soothing Swedish massages. For more relaxing sessions, she can add aromatherapy or hot stones to her treatments.