Amanda Kelly has been using her skills to bring out the best in her clients’ looks for more than two decades. At Amanda Kelly Salon, she delivers strand-smoothing Brazilian Blowouts and elegant updos, among other services. Men and women turn to her for the latest cuts and color treatments, and her makeup talents have readied many a bride for her crab walk down the aisle. Amanda’s roster of regulars includes local celebrities, including wives of the Bengals and Reds players.
Karma Salon's skillful stylists relax restive strands with an arsenal of three GK Hair Taming System with Juvexin formulations, specially designed for easygoing waved hair, happy-go-lucky curly locks, or snarling coarse tresses. Although the treatment won't iron out all curl, frizzy ’fros will emerge sleeker and more manageable, with blow-dry time diminished significantly.
Most popular service: Color and haircut
Brands Used: Joico, Paul Mitchell
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Metered street parking
Pro Tip: A picture is worth a thousand words. When I am doing a clients hair, picturess are appreciated.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
I have an instructor license in cosmetology, several certifications from natIonal brands of keratin smoothing—including Chi, Pravana and Enjoy—and color education including Joico, Paul Mitchell, Goldwell, Wella, and Rusk. I also have specialized training at the Dudley Academy for textured/curly hair.
Out of your entire repertoire, which is your favorite service to perform and why?
Color. It is the best way to change your look, whether the change is bold or subtle.
What steps do you take to make your clients feel at ease?
I listen to each client's needs, then try to create a look that fits their lifestyle. I show them easy tips on how to re-create a look at home.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I am a multi-culture stylist with almost 20 years of experience. Curly hair is my specialty.
When organizing exercise regimens for his clients, personal trainer Matt Kasee draws inspiration from several periods of his life: the time he spent studying anatomy in graduate school, his process of becoming certified by the NSCA and ACSM, and of course, his trips to Disney World. Matt sees the theme park as an exemplary model of thorough planning and originality, which are concepts he strives to incorporate in his fitness programs. Just as each Disney attraction is hyperconscious of its target audience, his routines are customized to each person and their goals. He also tries to emulate the park's knack for mixing entertainment with education—his workouts prioritize fun and variety as motivational tools rather than intimidation or the threat of playing "It's a Small World" on a loop.
Matt leads both private and semiprivate training sessions with specific milestones in mind. Whether his clients want to lose weight, bulk up, or enhance their athletic performance, his methods adjust to suit their respective starting points and goals. He gives guests the competitive edge with movement analyses, nutrition tips, and gym guidance, and he even encourages patrons with online coaching.
Nyria Acosta isn’t content to merely heal the body with her therapeutic massages. She also wants to grant her clients a reprieve from life’s daily stressors, be they morning traffic jams or bosses who write their memos in binary code. Nyria describes her bodywork as “soul-centered”—a claim she backs up with breathing techniques designed to calm the body, mind, and soul.
It’s no surprise that Nyria pays so much attention to the spiritual side of things. The skilled massage therapist honed many of her techniques at India's Ayurveda Training Institute before sharpening her technical skills at the Cincinnati School of Medical Massage. She draws on both experiences to pamper clients with deep-tissue, hot-stone, and restorative Pada Abhyanga massages. For a massage you likely won’t find anywhere else, try one of her aptly named prayerssages. During these special sessions, she enhances her strokes with the healing power of prayer.