Karen Couchie loves sailing in the Caribbean. As a result, the bright colors of the tropical paradise might unconsciously seep onto the nails or hair of her clients. As a nail technician and a Redken Specialist, she can artfully color nails or color and crop hair, but Karen doesn't stop at hairdos and finger hairdos. She's also a licensed tattoo and lash artist, so she can complement clients’ natural brow and lash lines with treatments that draw more attention to the eyes than blinking neon goggles. Her light touch can also be seen in the hairline strokes or color blocking she uses to fill out brows during permanent-makeup applications, which don’t smear or smudge when subjected to water.
Bliss Healing Center's owner believes that relaxation and health go hand in hand. Helping their patrons attain both, the center offers treatments that banish stress and fill bodies with good vibes using 100% organic coconut oil, essential oils, and sprays. Reflexology opens energetic pathways with stimulation of the feet, hands, and head, and relaxation massage uses broad, gentle strokes to lull minds into peaceful reveries. Based on the idea of healing life energy in every body, reiki aims to recharge guests' internal batteries in a more laid-back way than gnawing on power cables. Those seeking even greater levels of relaxation can trick out their massages with hot stones and deep-tissue strokes that unlock kinked-up muscles with concentrated pressure.
Aesthetics Etc. owner Ann Marie Ray strives to transform standard beauty services into relaxing sensory experiences. Her staff incorporates the flame-softened wax of collagen-infused candles into select massages, relies on brand-name gloProfessional products, and encourages clients to slip into cozy slippers and robes. Ann Marie's signature service is permanent-makeup application though, which is useful both for helping chemotherapy patients to aesthetically recover from the loss of their eyebrows or simply shortening a client’s daily face-prepping routine.
Before pursuing a career in makeup and skincare, Ann Marie spent seven years working a standard 9-to-5 job in finance. After years of persuasion and encouragement from her mother, a professional aesthetician, she left the corporate world and became a certified permanent-cosmetics specialist in 2002. Today, mother and daughter operate separate but noncompeting businesses, referring clients to one another for specific treatments or a second opinion on who left the milk out that one time in 1991.
The skincare experts at Beauty Enhancement Center of Ohio have been correcting imperfections and boosting clients' confidence for more than 16 years. Their treatments range from customized facials for a variety of skin conditions to exfoliating chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments. They also apply permanent makeup, which can flatter features with color and conceal scars. Their other services include waxing, eyelash extensions, and cellulite reduction via the GX-99 Vibratory Endermatic System.
AJ’s Spa Millennium has more than its extensive menu of services to thank for being named one of Fox 8's top 20 Cleveland-area day spas in 2010. The all-purpose salon and spa earned that distinction due in large part to its dedicated team of beauticians. Though they wield their scissors, brushes, and facial scrubs as effectively as anyone, the beauticians share an even more important skill: they know how to strike a perfect balance between their own input and their clients’ individual preferences.
Skilled stylists utilize relaxers and Nioxin hair-strengthening treatments to reinvent 'dos, and aestheticians keep waxing treatments thankfully brief—full Brazilians clock in at an average of only 15 minutes. But they take their time administering 1 of 15 facials, allowing clients to relax under specialty masks infused with seaweed and nourishing minerals. The spa's new collection of aromatherapy scents—which includes champagne and rose, wild honey, and grandpa—soothes the senses during massages, scrubs, and mani-pedis.
Whether it's their wedding day or just an average day, the staff at Studio 247 wants clients to look and feel beautiful. To that end, they pull from a luxurious stock of products that includes Essie and OPI nail polishes, hair-nourishing Morrocanoil products, and Murad skincare serums that allow the studio's aestheticians to tailor each facial to their client?s specific needs. They perform an extensive list of services that they update regularly in order to keep up with the beauty industry's latest trends. The hairstyling team, for example, now specializes in 100% human-hair extensions as well as Brazilian blowouts, which transform frizzy locks into strands that are sleeker and shinier than a motorcycle carved from freshly churned butter.