Beautifying people is in Gisel Campbell's blood. The aesthetician is the daughter of a hairstylist and the niece of a nail technician, but she didn’t grow up wanting to pursue cosmetology and skincare. It wasn’t until she reached her 20s and began experimenting with her own makeup regimen that she came to love sharing her skills with other people. In addition to an aesthetician’s license, Gisel's extensive training includes certification in microdermabrasion, applying chemical peels, and facial waxing, which she performs at her space inside Salon Ventures and during gorilla wax-a-thons for charity.
Karen Hawkins, a certified PCA skin representative, incorporates the product line into her facials to gently combat skin problems such as excessive oil or stubborn acne. Working from inside Salon Ventures, she also slathers warm wax over unwanted fuzz on arms, legs, backs, and chests for a smooth finish.
The skills needed to cut and style natural hair differ from those needed to cut other hair. That’s why the stylists at TK's Styles, Waxing, and Nails specialize in working with natural hair, offering cutting and coloring treatments customized to Asian, Latin, or African hair. Alongside their hair treatments, the stylists offer waxing and nail-grooming treatments that complete grooming packages with a shiny conclusion but without involving lamination.
Salon Ventures lacks one component found at nearly every other company in the world: employees. The salon’s stylists and aestheticians all work as their own bosses, deciding for themselves which services to offer and which times to book appointments. This freedom can lead to some colorful results, as the staff can decorate their private rooms in whichever way they see fit. However these rooms end up looking, they all function as sanctuaries where clients can communicate their wishes during haircuts, highlighting treatments, and manicures. The salon houses more than 20 professionals— including a stylist that trained and worked in London at the Toni & Guy Institute—, and there’s enough space inside to host large bridal parties or slip ‘n’ slide contests with shaving cream.
Emily learned how to expertly cut and color manes while a student at Aveda Institute. Now settled into the professional world, she spends her days at the helm of a salon chair inside Bello Salon, trimming stray locks and dressing up do’s with highlights.
Sarah Wartell, a trained practitioner in thai-yoga bodywork, yoga, and Japanese reiki therapy, helms a studio in which she calls on all three holistic modalities to achieve optimal physical and mental healing. During yoga classes for all abilities, the studio fills with the sounds of controlled breathing, stretch-induced groans, and high-pitched yelps of contentment from downward-facing dogs. Agency shifts to the therapist during thai-yoga bodywork sessions that achieve heightened states of relaxation with a blend of focused compression and assisted poses. To practice their similarly holistic art, reiki therapists draw on ancient Japanese techniques designed to shuffle life-force energies around the body. Sarah’s mission to relax bodies and minds simultaneously is reflected in her studio’s décor, which features artwork depicting peace signs and leafy trees.