Salon on Mill's staff of stylists and aestheticians are graduates of prestigious cosmetology schools who have years of skincare, hair-care, and nail-care experience. One of these expert beautysmiths will take up Aveda's signature eco-friendly products to slough off expired skin cells, then apply rich moisture deep into dermal layers during an Elemental Nature facial. Then, a makeup application transforms overwrought oglers, lackluster lips, and their facial backyards into a technicolor dream face by emphasizing natural features. Finally, toe tips get rounded, buffed, and treated to tiny mai tais during a Caribbean Therapy mani-pedi. This sole-soothing procedure includes a special exfoliating paste designed to soften rough skin and a warm seaweed mask designed to supple-ify skin and not smell like seaweed.
College students explore plenty of options to fund their education—waiting tables, working in the library, moonlighting as birthday clowns—but these ventures are usually temporary. When Charity Hawk began doing nails in 1999 to pay for college, her client roster began to grow, rapidly. She says, “I realized then, this is what you go to college for,” and being a nail technician became her career. Her clients, some of whom have been with her for more than 10 years, get pampered in the space Refuge at the Mill, formerly known as Nails by Charity, where dark hardwood floors and sheer black curtains balance stucco-textured walls, giving the salon an elegant, vintage feel. In mani-pedis enhanced with sugar scrubs and moisture masks, Charity coats nails with polish by OPI and formaldehyde-free Zoya as shiatsu massage chairs ease stress. Charity is most adept at working with acrylic nails, on which she uses only Entity products. Her years of experience have given her a talent for correcting acrylics gone awry without reapplying them, damaging the natural nail bed, or forcing them to go to detention.
Tan Pro USA has been compensating for the less-than-ideal latitudinal coordinates of Ohio since 1998. It was then that they opened their first tanning outpost furnished with 30 UV beds, and they have since expanded operations to 43 stores throughout the state. They stock each location with ample tanning units, rendering appointments an archaic formality equivalent to gifting a sheep to your defense lawyer. After customers stroll in, they can slide into an Ergoline 1100, which boasts four ultra-performance facial tanners and two high-pressure shoulder tanners. Staffers advise which lotions enhance traditional tanning results along with explaining the benefits of the UV-free VersaSpa spray-tan booths. Harnessing infrared heat, VersaSpa booths impart a glow to entire physiques or targeted trouble areas, such as the inside of the armpits.
Beauty at Hand supplements its exhaustive list of services with a few small perks that turn any treatment into a relaxing, revitalizing visit. From the massage chairs and footbaths of the salon's nail-service area to the white drapes and foliage that flank the main space, few touches go unnoticed by incoming clients. Licensed nail technicians carry the weight of the signature services, which range from lavish spa treatments to applications of OPI Axxium gel, acrylics, and nail art. Beyond the bread and butter of nailcare, the staff also oversees UV-free tanning-bed sessions, adds a dash of sass with 3-D Beauty lash extensions, and smoothens out the skin with precise facial waxing. The staff even performs manicures and pedicures for children, allowing kids to further misunderstand what it means to get caught red handed.
Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa provides luxurious, relaxing treatments performed by licensed massage therapists and aestheticians. A 50-minute hot stone massage ($110) uses heated stones to relieve muscle tension, which allows for greater manipulation and destressification. The massage is followed by a ten-minute hot towel foot exfoliation massage ($15). After tired leg paddles are enveloped in warm, fuzzy towels, they are reinvigorated with an exfoliation and moisturizing treatment. Or, opt for a microdermabrasion, a non-invasive procedure that gently buffs away dead cells and cicada husks latched onto the skin's surface to reveal a newer and healthier happiness. The treatment helps to erase spots, marks, and scars while reducing the appearance of wrinkles and breakouts.