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.
For certified permanent-makeup artist Linda Merrell, beautifying faces is merely part of the day-to-day routine. Linda practices her craft at Elegant Skin Care, where she first consults with her clients before adding fine lines and delicate shades to their eyebrows, eyelids, lips, beauty marks, and areolae for women who have had mastectomies. She customizes her pigments to complement individual skin tones—an important step that her clients are grateful for, considering that each permanent-makeup application lasts up to five years. Linda’s services aren’t limited to the realm of cosmetics. Her licensed aestheticians also improve skin tone with microdermabrasion treatments, combat signs of aging with nonsurgical facelifts, and massage therapists relax muscles Japanese restoration therapy.
Magic Nails Spa's skilled staff revivifies hands and feet and emblazons nails with OPI polish during signature mani-pedis. The one-hour service begins with a sugary scrub to exfoliate hands and feet, while nail technicians excavate dense calluses petitioning for National Landmark status. Nails are then buffed and filed into desired shapes, prepping them for an extensive kaleidoscope of colors from OPI. With up to three mani-pedis at their disposal, patrons will be able to extend the life of their fingertip displays, replacing the need to make self-portraits of nails that magically chip.
Warm yellow lights linger over the salon floor like pads of butter, casting their glow on mint-green and dark-red walls. Amid these snazzy accents, skilled stylists craft equally snazzy styles and bold highlights with Raw Hair by LG. Thirteen-year veteran Lakeisha Gibson leads the team, which includes stylists as well as a cosmetologist and a master nail technician. They can render all-over color applications or refresh tresses via the soothing hydration of a deep-conditioning treatment. They also perform salon relaxers and massage therapy.
The salon floor itself is a sandy marble pattern, and elegant green plants pop against the earth tones of the rest of the salon. There are even homey flourishes such as a rustic trunk, which is either a treasure chest or brimming with pairs of scissors.
Overseen by Dr. Jennifer Cova, the nurses at The Complete Women's Practice apply specialized knowledge of the female body to protect and promote its health. Dr. Cova administers ob-gyn care and surgical services, approaching each patient as an individual, rather than as a number or Scrabble tile. Staff members supplement health care with cosmetic services, including laser treatments for skin rejuvenation or hair removal, facial treatments, and Botox and dermal fillers. Warm, modern treatment rooms in the spa-like office contain 27-inch computer screens that showcase treatment options and educational videos.
At Beaute Box, which channels the "feel of a chic Paris apartment" according to the Dayton Daily News, owner Lisa Scott flaunts skills acquired during nearly two decades of salon artistry. The studio began as a mobile beauty service, but has evolved to fill a space crowded with clocks, statuettes of hands, and candlesticks. Brushes cloaked in long-wear Shellac polish glide across nails, and visitors awaiting custom-designed primping parties lounge on low-slung couches. Giggles drift up to the soaring ceilings as youngsters finish pampering treatments and race through the shop, admiring newly colorful digits or attempting to match polish to an imaginary friend's eyes.