A shampoo and style comes standard with haircuts at Exquisite Design Salon and Spa—just the stylists’ way of ensuring that clients leave looking their best. To that end, stylists pile on luxurious extras such as shots of Redken conditioner and hair extensions that give instant length or bangs. The pampering continues in the spa area, where mani-pedis can pretty up hands and feet with exfoliating scrubs to slough off dead skin cells and lavender wax to seal in moisture.
Timothy Burns worked with Christian Dior, Trish McIlvoy, and Bobbi Brown and as a national artist for Laura Mercier before forging his own path as a solo makeup artist and waxing specialist at his namesake spa. His artistic approach has earned him a flock of returning clients who request eyebrow waxes to create arches so sharp they garner love sonnets from the Arc de Triomphe. Aesthetician and 20-year industry veteran Tanya Sandler adds her own efforts to the beauty mecca with a slate of facials harnessing microdermabrasion, microcurrent, and LED technologies to firm and brighten visages. For waxing services, the spa relies on Andraya, an Aveda Institute graduate with more than 11 years of experience as a skin-beautifying aesthetician.
At Le Salon, experienced stylists and designers welcome clients to take a break and relax with hair, nail, and spa services. Scissors snip new styles for men and women, complete with full or partial highlights, perms, and scalp consultations. Manicures and pedicures adorn nails with regular polish or upgrade clients to Shellac, whereas paraffin treatments soften hands. Meanwhile, waxing services remove unwanted hair from brows or underarms, and facial treatments cleanse pores of dirt and grime.
Pampering is at the heart of Becoming Mom Pregnancy Spa & Imaging Center. When the center's founder came upon 3D and 4D ultrasounds, she was searching for a way to help expectant parents bond even more deeply with their babies and therefore become more invested in fostering positive development. The technology that ended up becoming the cornerstone of her business allowed parents to see a high-definition image of their growing baby's face instead of just a fuzzy blob that only doctors and Rorschach specialists could understand. But then she went one step further. She began tending to both the emotional and physical needs of mothers-to-be by offering prenatal massages and luxurious pedicures.
While the hearts, minds, and bodies of expectant mothers may be the central focus at Becoming Mom Pregnancy Spa & Imaging Center, the spa offers an additional source of comfort?retail therapy. The Becoming Mom Boutique outfits patrons with chic maternity wear, nursing fashions, parenting essentials, and discomfort-fighting goodies such as B-Natal pops, which help ease morning sickness.
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.