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.
When clients want to brighten their hair, Uniquely You Hair Design's stylists know to reach for their Paul Mitchell products. The Color service leaves 'dos with natural-looking hues, while the 27 intermixable colors of Shines add new shades within 20 minutes. For texture, the Uniquely You team prefers GKhair's hair-taming formulas, which can reduce frizz for up to five months, or The Best service, a GKhair treatment that uses Juvexin to thoroughly condition stiff strands. Besides focusing on hair's color and touch, the stylists offer services ranging from cuts and styles to facial waxing and manicures.
Master colorist, stylist, and makeup artist Alyssa Smith knows that a hairstyle is often the first thing people notice about someone. That’s why she takes special care to make sure each of her clients has a great one. Specializing in coloring hair, adding extensions, and smoothing hair with keratin treatments, she boasts a wide array of resources to make coifs look their finest. She also styles hair into formal updos for proms, weddings, and other special occasions.
Stylist Nikeya Wallace skillfully crafts new hairdos at Becoming of You Hair Salon. She deftly snips away excess locks while styling ‘dos with blow-dry services and softens hair with conditioning treatments. She also adds bursts of color with partial or full highlights. At the full-service salon, customers will also find keratin treatments and products from brands such as Matrix and Paul Mitchell.