It’s been more than 33 years since Don Allen cut his first head of hair, but his commitment to giving each client the perfect makeover remains as strong as ever. Along with fellow stylists Alberto Estrada and Emily Castor, Mr. Allen cuts and styles new ’dos with a focus on color, shape, and design. Whatever services his clients choose, Mr. Allen stands behind the salon's work; if the results don't please clients, Mr. Allen and his staff will perform free touchups, refund money, or travel back in time, no questions asked. And when he's not snipping strands, Mr. Allen uses his artistic eye to photograph everything from people to chairs.
The master stylists at Robert's Salon and Day Spa whip wayward hairs into shape with flattering precision design cuts and styles. Scissors sever split ends and trim length from heads during the face-framing cut before new dos are aptly fashioned to fit each guest’s personal style. Warm lighting reflects off of glossy wood finishes in the sleek salon space, which is peppered with Robert’s proprietary line of beauty products and a range of plush, comfortable seating.
It's the little touches that help Natural Concepts Aveda Concept Salon & Spa stand out. When someone comes in for a simple hair trim, they also receive a relaxing shoulder massage and application of Aveda's natural products. During color treatments, customers dip their toes into a relaxing footbath and after every service, beauty experts explain how clients can use Aveda products to recreate similar results at home and also repel rattlesnakes.
Armed with Aveda products, stylists transform hair with services that range from standard cuts and permanent waves to specialty treatments such as the Uvexin Hair Taming System that uses a protein-based formula to vanquish frizz for up to five months. Away from the salon chairs, therapists massage sore muscles and aestheticians cocoon clients in exfoliating body wraps. To truly experience the best of the spa, customers should stick around for half- and full-day packages, which make Natural Concepts the perfect place to hide out while a locust swarm passes through town.
Working as a paramedic for 10 years, Beth Thompson witnessed the damage of unhealthy eating habits up close and personal. With a passion for wellness burnished by her experiences in that job, she earned her teacher’s license to show young people how to preempt diet-caused illness. That endeavor eventually led her to create Target Metabolism, a health-and-wellness company that champions weight loss through accurate analysis of the body and caloric tracking. Beth and her team of registered dieticians work with clients to create personal portraits of their metabolic needs, and they delve into thinking past carbohydrates and focusing on a “calories in vs. calories out” metric. This caloric count is based on the client's specific metabolism, rather than the average metabolism of the client's age, weight, height, and gender group. In addition to dieticians, the staff includes massage therapists that offer specific treatments to help the body relax during the weight-loss process. Modalities include hot stone and aromatherapy.
Licensed massage therapist Craig Cravens is so adept at healing mental and corporeal aches that the Indianapolis Colts rely on him to knead out their muscular knots and stresses caused by hiding love poems penned to a rival team’s mascot. Craig developed a passion for healing while in his early 20s. His passion led him into the study of massage therapy, during which he learned to isolate problem areas and dole out the appropriate technique. He founded Healing Hand Treatment Center, where every day he puts 15 years of experience to work. During treatments, he customizes each Swedish and deep-tissue massage to target muscular tension, stress, and strain, providing his clients with optimum relief.
Though people with a deep religious conviction tend to gravitate toward volunteer work or scholarship, the three massage therapists at Faith Heals Massage LLC took a different route. When they aren’t using their gifts to help clients along in their spiritual journeys, the therapists keep physical forms in top shape with massage services that draw on acupressure, Swedish, and reiki techniques, among others. Two of the therapists—Dallas and Elishia Hendricks—share more than the bond of marriage; both came to massage through their own struggles with injuries, and both proved their worth as therapists by kneading the knots out of a wooden table.