With more than 17 of years of experience performing cosmetic and medically corrective permanent-makeup services, Ashley Swain effortlessly marries a keen aesthetic sensibility with technical proficiency. When she isn't training professionals or leading seminars on permanent makeup for such organizations as the Dermatological Society and the Parkinson's Foundation, she performs each procedure personally. Her palette includes an extensive array of pigments, which allows her to create natural-looking eyebrows, distinguished beauty marks, and fully defined liplines. In addition to virtually eliminating the need for daily makeup applications, her treatments can also help hide the appearance of surgical scars or pockmarks left by ill-advised molten-lava facials.
Instead of remaining in one location, Ashley lends her services to three of the area's permanent-makeup facilities, each of which boasts a full staff as well as an arsenal of medical-grade digital technology.
The color specialists and master barbers at Serenity Styles mollycoddle strands inside a calm salon space marked by earth-toned walls and cushy brown leather couches. Like a city planner with a vendetta against cul-de-sacs, the stylists’ nimble shears remove dead ends before moving on to beautifying the whole head. Redken products power a number of treatments, augmenting specialty services such as facial waxing and updos for weddings, dances, and beekeeping conventions.
Decorated with leather sofas, flat-screen TVs, and The Godfather posters, ManCave for Men provides a masculine getaway, complete with complimentary glasses of cold draft beer. Expert barbers work exclusively with products designed for men, from brands such as The Art of Shaving and L’Oréal Professionnel Homme. Private massage sessions are also available to relieve pain and stress caused by work, injuries, and wresting picnic baskets away from greedy bears.
At Performance Fitness & Nutrition, cycling and laser beams go hand in hand. Its spinning classes take place amid colorful laser lights in a stadium-style studio whose gradated layout allows everyone a clear view of the instructor. To keep cyclists in high gear, the studio's 7,000-watt sound system blasts up-tempo tracks. Stationary biking isn't the only way to tone up on the premises?other classes run the gamut from yoga to circuit training, and the experts also offer weight-loss counseling and B12 injections.
At In The Grove Hair Studio, master stylist and color specialist Annette Filippini uses only organic color products, whether framing faces with highlights or massaging conditioner into scalps. Logging over 20 years of experience in the industry, she combines those environmentally friendly products with their own artistic eye, creating modern styles for men, women, and unkempt Treasure Trolls.
Glavidia Alexis wears multiple hats, including fashion designer, hairstylist, and makeup artist. She listens to the needs of each client who sits in her styling chair, and gives them a new look that's customized to their individual style. She helps bolster visages with haircuts, perms, highlights, and extensions.