Salon Alexander owner Ashley Stone might look familiar. That's because she—or, rather, her alter ego, Blondie—was the runner-up in the Oxygen network's second season of Hair Battle Spectacular, in which hairstylists competed to create the best larger-than-life fantasy hairdos. Stone has shared her hair beauty tips on Elle Girl's website and appeared on the Hot 93.7 radio show to discuss her interest in modern art, which is the driving force behind her avant-garde style.
Together with her team, Stone combines her extensive experience and passion for art and fashion to transform her clients with a variety of services, including specialty coloring, makeup, and eyelash extensions. The stylists at her sister company, Beauty Entourage, travel to the churches, homes, or low-hovering spaceships of brides-to-be to beautify them for their big day. The mobile crew has earned one of The Knot's Best Makeup Artists & Hair awards.
Committed to developing beauty beyond the surface level, Stone participates in charity events. You also might have caught her WTNH 8 interview promoting a charity event that benefited Wigs for Kids, which provides specialized wigs for children who have lost their hair because of medical conditions.
Binda Neupane, GBS Browz's founder, hails from Nepal by way of South Carolina. In her homeland, she was inspired to learn the art of threading for hair removal after being exposed to the tradition in a hair salon. In Nepal, the tradition gets passed down directly from generation to generation, like the American tradition of not really knowing whether Alexander Hamilton was a president. Binda took up the trade with enthusiasm, and after learning it from masters and practicing it herself for many years, she opened up GBS Browz. Though the salon's name hints at its brow-shaping specialty, Binda can also render henna body art and improve complexions during facials. For the latter, she might incorporate fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products, or herbs.
In memory of MPO Peter J. Lavery and Officer Ciara McDermott, The Race to End Domestic Violence honors the sacrifice of uniformed police officers and those escaping domestic violence. On December 30, Master Police Officer Peter J. Lavery, the youngest of three police officer brothers, was fatally shot while responding to a domestic disturbance call. His memory serves as the inspiration for the 5K of his namesake that takes runners and walkers through off-road dirt trails and grass to raise funds for domestic violence support groups. Additionally, the race raises funds to support the Peter J. Lavery Memorial Scholarship Fund, which aids those seeking an education in law enforcement or criminal justice.
For Lisa DiGirolamo, massage begins with conversation. At the start of her sessions, Lisa discusses each client's goals and health concerns. From there, the licensed massage therapist draws upon the six modalities she's been refining since 2007. Along with classic approaches such as Swedish and deep tissue, Lisa's well-versed in Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, wherein she massages patrons with her feet while holding onto overhead bars. Regardless of the approach, her kneading relieves chronic pain, reduces stress, and even helps athletes recover from particularly strenuous huddles.