When thinning out her eyebrows as a young woman, Saima Bukhari discovered something surprising: she was pretty good at this whole beauty thing. Soon, she was helping her friends improve their looks, a passion that would lead her to stints as a Lancôme makeup artist and student at Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy. She opened Glow Medical Spa and Salon with her husband, using her University of Cincinnati education to help share her talents with the public. Together with her staff, she manages wily heads with custom haircuts and styling, including coloring and full and partial highlights for men and women. When not busy culling body hair with waxing and laser hair removal, staffers expand their relaxation services to the whole body during mani-pedis, facials, and five different massage modalities. They also administer dermal fillers and injections to reverse the signs of aging, and tighten skin with the FDA-approved SmartLipo system.
Inside Glow, crystal chandeliers droop down to illuminate rich wooden floors, blending with natural sunlight, a welcoming fireplace, and flickering candles to bathe visitors in soothing rays. A comfy waiting room replete with tea cookies and pastries showcases the salon's products from brands such as Éminence Organic Skin Care and Bumble and bumble. Inspirational messages pepper the decor, with decorative signs reminding visitors to "glow," "dream," and "don't store extra bubblegum in hair."
Sungum Salon's skincare professionals rejuvenate epidermises with treatments culled from time-honored methods and resources such as ancient Indian therapeutic techniques and Ayurvedic herbs. Their face-care services range from microdermabrasion and facial masks to steams and glycolic peels, whose ingredients—naturally extracted sugar cane, sugar beets, and raw grapes—exfoliate skin while diminishing wrinkles and acne scars. For the rest of the body, an exotic fruit or oatmeal-honey scrub exfoliates skin more effectively than lining your trousers with coarse-grain sandpaper. Sungum Salon's full-body treatments also include a seaweed-and-French-clay wrap, which infuses skin with nutrients, and henna sessions that adorn hands, feet, or backs with temporary ornate designs.
21st Century Dental expanded its aesthetic umbrella in 2009 to include 21st Century Med Spa, spreading the office?s goal of enhancing smiles to include other parts of the face and body. Medical director Brandon Charles oversees the clinic and aesthetic nurse Cheryl Gwartney masters specialty services that serve her personal passion for making patients feel confident in their own skin. Laser facial services plump and tighten facial skin to erase irregularities such as age spots, acne, and sun spots. Cheryl also wields syringes full of Radiesse, Dysport, and Restylane formulas that smooth facial wrinkles in order for adults to be able to sneak into G-rated movies.
Owners Daniel and Maria Brown oversee experienced stylists who skillfully perform an array of beautifying services, from haircuts and straightening treatments to facials and massages. In addition, they extract unwanted hair with Alexandria sugar paste and detoxify pores with body wraps. They also accentuate features with permanent makeup, which can streamline a person’s morning routine so they can spend more time engaged in staring contests with their pets before work.
Dr. Ellen Turner and her staff of aestheticians, physician's assistants, and medical assistants are passionate about what they do. In a mini-documentary about their practice, they all chime in about unearthing their clients' inner beauty and enhancing their self-confidence. Through their treatments, which range from facials to treatments for acne and rosacea, they focus on making a difference in their patients' lives. A lot of times this means bringing about change that makes patients happy to look in mirrors and unwilling to hide their faces beneath brown paper bags.
At Mona's Spa, the focus is on the skin. The aestheticians here use advanced techniques such as microdermabrasion and AHA and BHA peels to help rid faces of wrinkles, age spots, and dry patches. Clients can also receive shellac manicures and spa pedicures complete with foot soaks, masks, and hot towels.