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 she entered the beauty industry 30 years ago, Shari Renfro dreamed of channeling her creative energy into her own salon, where she could help clients to create new looks and rebuild their damaged strands. After a decade of hard work and dedication, she actualized her aspirations and opened Giggles on Main, where today she leads a staff of Aveda– and Framesi–trained stylists. The team softens and enriches strands by introducing rich botanicals and vibrant coloring formulas rather than marshmallow fluff. When they aren't arranging manes, staff members happily perform facials, Aveda mani-pedis, and Opi polishes.
A snip here, a touch of color there, and perhaps a relaxer to give the whole do a sleek shine. At Friends & Company Salon, friendly stylists accomplish these services and more in a comfortable yet chic studio environment. They do it all using quality products, too, from such brands as American Crew, Moroccanoil, and Wella. With a team of nail techs, Friends & Company can also put finishing touches on new looks with pampering spa pedicures.
The secret to long, healthy-looking hair may just be inside Creation's A New You Hair and Nail Gallery. Master stylist RaeJean specializes in extensions and healthy hair-growth plans and starts each service with a scalp and hair analysis to help clients optimize and enhance their natural strands. From there, she can smooth wayward waves with a shea-butter relaxer or add instant length with virgin Indian remy hair—one of her most-popular services. Available in black and dark brown, the hair comes in lengths of 12, 14, 18, and 20 inches and can be styled with everyday heating tools such as rollers, flat irons, or tiny handheld steamrollers. Aside from hair-addition services, RaeJean also enhances facial features with eyebrow shaping and coloring or eyelash extensions and helps complexions look as radiant as possible with makeup services and special treatments for dry skin.
Angela Romine, Enliven Nailcare and Massage's resident massage therapist, graduated magna cum laude from Antonelli College in 2007. Since joining the spa, she has contributed her talents toward helping clients live with less pain. Just outside her private massage room, a sunlit studio plays host to mani-pedis and cosmetic treatments. A wall with giant floral designs sets the backdrop for two richly padded pedicure chairs, and hardwood floors provide a slick surface for wheeled manicure chairs and Rosey the robot maid. Overall, the space has a nature-inspired aesthetic, with wicker furnishings and organic decorations bearing various shades of green.