Paula Ivins Kingston, a styling veteran of 25 years whose coif creations have been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings and Allure, guides Lucid's Aveda-savvy tress tamers in sculpting personalized, contemporary manes. Stylists invigorate black-and-white follicles with kaleidoscopic infusions of all-over color ($50+) or ribbons of highlighting hues ($50+). Obtain deftly trimmed and decorated digits with a spa manicure ($32) or pedicure ($60) before bathing hair in a blow-dry's balmy waves ($25+) to achieve the slickness of an ocelot wearing sunglasses. Guests can achieve complete aesthetic harmony by pairing pruned head topiaries with professionally arched eyebrows ($18+ for waxing). Visage artists can unearth natural radiance with a sheen of makeup ($35) or introduce clients and beginner mimes to face-embellishing basics during an instructional session ($50).
When Angela Cash first decided to go to nail school, she did it, "just for fun". Twelve years later, she's still having a blast as the owner and head nail artist at Simplicity Salon, where she oversees a beauty team ranging from a recent Paul Mitchell Academy graduate to a seasoned hair styling veteran of 35 years. To keep clients looking chic from head to toe, Angela's staff pulls from an arsenal of brand name products including Goldwell hair color, Moroccanoil, OPI Axxium nail polish, and Tammy Taylor Nails. When it comes to skin care, the Dermalogica line helps the salon's aestheticians customize each anti-aging facial or microZone treatment, while mineral makeup by Weightless lends a finishing touch to faces without smothering them with oils, talc, dyes, or creamed corn. Other services include custom spray tans by SunFX and full face or body waxing by the salon's resident waxing specialist.
The stylists at Mitchell's Salon & Day Spa have beautified Cincinnati-area clients for the past 30 years. During that time, the staff has grown to more than 400 employees across five locations. They've also garnered several press mentions, including their most recent victory in The Knot's Best of Weddings 2013. These accolades are all possible because of the meticulous care that the salon pours into both its posh ambiance and soothing treatments. Stylists perfect 'dos with haircuts and smoothing keratin treatments, and aestheticians perform antioxidant facials, which make the skin more resilient against hazards such as environmental damage and cheek-pinching aunts.
Kindal Farwick can transform dull hairdos into fashion-forward styles with nothing more than a pair of shears. While that trick is impressive enough on its own, she also takes things a step further, enhancing shine with highlights or all-over color treatments for both men and women. Yet, despite her talent and love for everyday salon work, Kindal?s real passion lies in specialty hair and makeup design. Whether she?s designing for weddings, runway shoots, or other special events, she can custom-create just about any look, whether it?s a polished up-do or bouncy curls arranged so strands fall in just the right place. She completes hair masterpieces with brow waxes and flawless airbrush-makeup applications. Clients who fall in love with their dolled-up eyes and lips can come back later for a makeup lesson, picking Kindal?s brain for tips on re-creating the look.
Epiphany: an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure. Every day is an epiphany for owner Karla Headley, who wakes to find that her salon dream is a reality. Her space is modern and chic, with elegant wall sconces casting a buttery glow on vertically striped gray walls. At individual styling stations, Karla’s skilled hairdressers shape styles with scissor and color tresses with Pureology and Redken products. The services are diverse, ranging from signature Brazilian-blowout treatments to private waxing sessions for upper lips, eyebrows, and earlobes. Epiphany stylists also braid love into the community with their Uplifting Spirits Project, offering free haircuts to organizations in need.
The experienced stylists at Lunatic Fringe Salon attend to the health and beauty of hair with an array of salon services. When guests arrive, they enter the lather lounge—a dimly lit, soundproof room with shampoo chairs that fit the body like a memory-foam glove. While soft meditation music plays, stylists spend fifteen minutes shampooing strands and massaging necks, hands, and arms. The entire process is followed up with a warm towel and a make-up retouch. In addition to creating a soothing and tranquil experience, stylists crop coiffures, gild tresses, and wax brows while teaching their clients how to recreate their new 'dos at home or in a courtroom reenactment.