At The Beauty Lounge, owner Erin Blackston promotes an atmosphere of clean, angular cuts and time-honored sophistication. The former platform artist for Rusk International leads a staff that includes a former color educator for Framesi and a Redken educational artist, alongside other specialists who excel in everything from fusion hair extensions to straightening treatments by Pravana and Coppola. Aside from cuts, up-styles, and blowouts, the crew excels at gray coverage and far-out color combinations, making the salon a popular choice among Akron's boldest heads and aging clown population.
The fitness instructors at each of Body Sculpting's dozens of gyms lead their customers in the fight to stave off osteoporosis, increase lean muscle mass, improve cardiovascular fitness, and lose weight. During fitness sessions, they teach visitors the proper form and principles of the gym's flagship Body Sculpting program, which focuses on cardio and weight-training exercises that often require only a set of 5-pound dumbbells, an exercise mat, and a stretch band. They augment this central program with a range of other classes that delve into barre-fitness techniques, exercises for the abdominals and core, workouts for the back, and cardiovascular training. To help customers achieve their fitness goals and continue fighting crime past bedtime, the gym sells products such as stretch bands used by physical therapists, heel-elevation boards, and instructional manuals. Trainers also help customers stay fit with an exercise of the month that draws from techniques such as Pilates.
If the news anchors in Palm Springs, California look terrific, they may have Aveda-trained master stylist Nicholas Ashmore to thank. Before acquiring his own chair at Salon loft, Nicholas honed his advanced cutting and coloring techniques on the heads of these local celebrities. Today, he administers the same hair services to Whitehall residents while clearing away unwanted hair with waxing services.
Body Sculpting's flagship eight-session program combines strength training and cardiovascular conditioning to facilitate weight loss and build muscle. Students bring a mat, three- to five-pound weights, and freshly inked dumbbell tattoos to semiweekly classes that follow low-impact moves demonstrated by a certified Body Sculpting trainers. Strength-training exercises blended with pilates elements protect joints and bolster lean muscle tissue, which can maintain bone density and help prevent osteoporosis.The strength-without-bulk philosophy boosts metabolism, allowing participants to continue burning fat after the workout has ended and endorphins have gone home to watch TV. Class size is limited to provide as much one-on-one attention as possible, so students should call early to reserve their desired timeslot.
Located just off I-76 about a 30-minute drive from the school itself, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Kent State University delivers on the chain’s reputation for comfort and convenience. During the day, light spills through the clean, modern guest rooms’ large windows onto crisp white linens, and desks and free WiFi make it easy to get work done despite the ever-present distraction of the flat-screen cable TVs’ power buttons. After a refreshing night’s sleep, all guests receive a hot buffet-style breakfast at the Express Start breakfast bar—calories which can be worked off at the onsite pool and fitness center. Besides the university, several easy daytrips beckon just minutes from the hotel, including the Pro Football Hall of Fame in nearby Canton and the Kent Bog State Nature Preserve, where visitors can walk a boardwalk trail through a dense strand of tamarack trees whispering juicy gossip from the Ice Age.