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.
Sunlight pours onto the hardwood floors and exposed brick walls of BeneFit Studio, creating a serene backdrop for a diverse range of wellness services. Cardio and strength-training equipment speckle the studio, challenging trainees as they work their way through personal-training, boot-camp, and yoga sessions. Just beyond the training rooms, soft white curtains shroud the salon and Aveda spa, where guests perch upon cushy chairs as aestheticians dole out cuts, colors, and manicures, as well as facials and professional BEAM spray tans. Massage therapists also revitalize clients with Swedish and sports massages. And for ongoing wellness, a staff nutritionist crafts custom meal plans based on the goals and shadow heights of individual clients.
An 18-year veteran of the nail care profession, Deborah Horning doesn't rest on her laurels. Despite awards, accolades, and international travel, Deborah continues to attend classes from industry mainstays like OPI and CND in order to expand her toolbox. Her specialty is the mani-pedi, and in the last two decades she's groomed and polished enough fingers and toes to turn the hokey pokey industry on its head. At Salon Concepts, she puts all her experiences and training toward the next finger or toe she encounters, and often enhances the basic service with pampering extras such as sugar scrubs, whirlpool foot soaks, foot masks, and massages.
When she entered the beauty industry 30 years ago, Shari Renfro dreamed of channeling her creative energy into her own salon, where she could help clients to create new looks and rebuild their damaged strands. After a decade of hard work and dedication, she actualized her aspirations and opened Giggles on Main, where today she leads a staff of Aveda– and Framesi–trained stylists. The team softens and enriches strands by introducing rich botanicals and vibrant coloring formulas rather than marshmallow fluff. When they aren't arranging manes, staff members happily perform facials, Aveda mani-pedis, and Opi polishes.
Amid calming environs swathed in rich earth tones, Elon Salon's seasoned stylists cultivate flattering, contemporary coiffures. Brands such as Kenra, Aquage, and Tigi headline their well-stocked arsenal of products, which they brandish while sculpting, coloring, conditioning, and whispering encouraging sonnets to manes. They flaunt their skills alongside resident aestheticians, who further enhance physiques with waxing, makeup applications, airbrush tanning, and mani-pedis that utilize OPI and Creative Nail Design polishes.
A snip here, a touch of color there, and perhaps a relaxer to give the whole do a sleek shine. At Friends & Company Salon, friendly stylists accomplish these services and more in a comfortable yet chic studio environment. They do it all using quality products, too, from such brands as American Crew, Moroccanoil, and Wella. With a team of nail techs, Friends & Company can also put finishing touches on new looks with pampering spa pedicures.