The licensed staff at Posh Beauty Academy train budding hairdressers, nail techs, and aestheticians in the fine art of making others look good. With one teacher for every 12 students, the school gives young beauticians the one-on-one attention they need to develop professional-level skills. They also get training in state-of-the-art spa technology, up-and-coming beauty products, the secret recipe for barbicide, and of-the-moment styling trends. And, at the attached H&B Clinic, the students also get a chance to put their talents to use by sprucing up clients with services like haircuts, perms, facials, and mani-pedis.
For more than 28 years, stylist Luann Albert has helped clients—including three former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterbacks—get ready for getting seen. Her crack-team of 12 stylists and cosmetologists operate out of a homey studio, full of throw rugs, curio cabinets, and hardwood floors with absolutely no telltale hearts beneath them. Luann cuts and styles hair, but also levels up manes with keratin smoothing sessions and permanent-wave treatments.
Within private and semiprivate rooms, staffers rejuvenate the non-scalp parts of clients with four facials that use Bioelements products, five nail services, and a range of massages, such as the deep-tissue, hot-stone, or less-practiced heavy-boulder massage developed at the Wile E. Coyote School of Beauty.:m]]
Nail Elegance of Dublin owners Kevin and Jo Ann Lewis have an affinity for doing things the natural way. Their 90% organic salon uses toluene and formaldehyde-free polishes and therapeutic-grade essential oils, as well as lotions, butters, and scrubs that are completely free of parabens and additives. After pampering paws with a signature mani-pedi and hot-towel treatment, clients can see the owners' own Hippy Lips brand of lip therapy, which is also completely organic.
The long row of leather pedicure chairs isn’t the token of luxury at The Nail Retreat. Not only do clients leave sporting polish from the salon’s kaleidoscopic array of shades from OPI, Shellac, or Gelish, they also have the option to indulge in manicures with botanically derived grape-seed oils or pedicures with soothing hot stones. Additionally, skincare treatments combine custom blends of products to cleanse, tone, and exfoliate the dermal layers, leaving faces looking as robust and hydrated as an ice sculpture of Hulk Hogan.
Nail technician Tia Beal has dedicated more than five years to the art of nailcare. From spa pedicures to gel and Shellac manicures, she beautifies the hands and feet of her clients. In addition to nailcare, the salon provides hairstyling services, eyelash tinting, and eyebrow threading.