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."
At The Beauty Clinic MedSpa, medically supervised aestheticians help clients attain their ideal appearance through a range of face and body services. Staff members undergo in-depth training to help visitors select the high-end products from derma e, DermOrganic, and Fake Bake to best suit their complexions. A slate of facials resurface skin with the help of microdermabrasions and natural enzymes, and eyelash extensions, laser hair removal, and permanent makeup leave a longer-lasting elegance than the beauty mark chiseled into Mount Rushmore.
Although the stylists at Crisp Salon are seasoned professionals, each one is also a student. That's because they receive ongoing training with Aveda salon educators to keep their hair, nail, and makeup services right on the cusp of fashion. Stylists apply their up-to-date knowledge to deliver chip-free Shellac manicures, frizz-defying Brazilian blowouts, and makeovers with Aveda cosmetics. The environmentally friendly makeup line crafts bold colors and natural shades with non-petroleum minerals, natural botanicals, and a rainbow's leftover bathwater.
Marble statues and opulent light fixtures surround the pedicure chairs at Hollywood Nail & Spa, which could make clients feel as though they are getting their piggies pampered in the foyer of a Tuscan villa. The technicians here groom cuticles, artfully shape nails, and remove traces of cheese puff dust from fingers before applying coats of colorful polish or clear lacquers. Manicures leave hands silky smooth, while pedicures soften rough patches and calluses.
Licensed massage therapist Christina Pocharasang at Natural Art of Massage relieves clenched muscles and tense minds with a retinue of modalities. With the aid of all-natural creams and oils, her sweeping strokes spell out Swedish and deep-tissue movements that dispel stress and unravel knots in backs, shoulders, and limbs. The bodywork specialist also treats skin to natural facials and harnesses the penetrating heat of warm river stones to release knots without touching them, much like a Boy Scout with telekinesis.
Studio Suites at Reflections' licensed cosmetologists share more than 35 years of experience between them. Erica Tanniehill specializes in nail grooming and hair services, while Valerie Fails focuses on hair health and is well versed in bi-racial styling and working with hair textures of all sorts. Inside their studio, they offer deep treatment silk hair masks, cutting and styling, cornrows, and two-strand twists. With an emphasis on sanitation and sterilization, they also perform pedicures and manicures, and can wax away unwanted fuzz from brows, lips, chins, and most sweaters.