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.
"It was like opening a can of worms—and my interest deepened."This is how Un Joli Visage Day Spa's owner, Elizabeth Ranson, describes her initial research into the potentially toxic and animal-tested ingredients found in prominent skincare products. As her research progressed, interest turned into disgust, and Elizabeth was spurred to found Botanical Healing Skin Care, a line of naturally derived crèmes she could rely on to safely nourish her clients' skin. It's these products, which are laced with extracts of algae, jojoba, shea butter, and other botanicals, that Elizabeth combines on the fly during her custom facials and body treatments to right all manner of skin-borne wrongs. Whether her clients suffer from acne, the effects of aging, or the effects of sleeping on a sand dune, she counteracts with appropriate doses of natural oils and cleansers, while imparting words of epidermal wisdom to improve at-home skincare routines.
In his late 20s, Shawn Shumway began searching for a new path in life—one that was both meaningful and rewarding. After a period of introspection, he decided that the most meaningful path would be one that helped others to heal. He enrolled at the Everest massage therapy program's Vancouver campus, and today uses the skills he learned to treat issues at Hands of Light Bodywork ranging from general tension to acute injury. Treatments such as warm basalt stone massages and essential oil body scrubs take relaxation to another level.
The Ultimate Tan & Med Spa's locations house traditional and UV-free tanning equipment alongside teams that are certified to perform a slate of med-spa and salon treatments. Cosmetic injectables, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels aim to restore epidermal radiance, and ThinSpa weight-loss plans and CelluPulse cellulite-removal treatments help clients shift into a svelter shape. To soothe away accumulated stresses, massage therapists customize sessions to each client’s unique needs, drawing from a range of modalities to leave musculature more relaxed than a zen master’s stress ball.
Andrea gently coaxes muscles out of tense situations with deep-tissue massage techniques or the use of warm stones. Her trained hands reduce aches and promote a sense of calm in her clients. Dharma Salon is a full-service salon with haircut and salon services, including paraffin dips, manicures, and facials. The salon also carries Unite, Dermalogica, and Youngblood products.
At Bodywork Devine, licensed massage practitioner Kristin Taylor melts muscle knots with therapeutic strokes and eases stress with calming skin and body treatments. Kristin offers her signature massage in 40-, 60-, and 90-minute increments, relaxing clients with soft, flowing strokes and the gentle touch of cranial-sacral therapy. Ideal for clients battling the aches of fibromyalgia, TMJ, or migraine headaches, the delicate headwork Kristin performs during the cranial-sacral segment can enhance clients’ quality of life by boosting joint flexibility, dampening anxiety, and dissolving undigested popsicles. The skilled massage therapist also partners with other alternative health practitioners such as licensed acupuncturist Kim Blaufuss to help clients fight chronic pain with a holistic repertoire of services. In addition to enjoying massages in the studio, clients may purchase tools such as flaxseed hot packs and still-point inducers to tame tension at home.