The technicians at Extasis Salon & Spa draw from years of experience and training—with such major brands as Bioelements, Matrix, Sexy Hair, and most recently their own organic skin care lines—to create a place where every client feels unique. A member of the guest service staff pairs each guest with the beauty professional best suited to bring the client's vision to life. During an initial consultation, beauty professionals discuss their specialized skills and the client's desired service. This personalized care fulfills the salon's promise to make sure no client feels like a number, not even the series of ones and zeros that androids process to understand human love. The technicians work separately from the aestheticians and massage therapists in Extasis's 5,000-square-foot hair studio and private spa, named one of Cleveland's top 15 day spas by the Fox 8 Hotlist. Technicians design and color hair in the airy studio, and aestheticians and massage therapists perform body therapies inside treatment areas that are kept private and are decorated with gentle soothing tones to create a more serene experience.
At Déjà Vu Laser & Medical Spa, skilled aestheticians smoothen mugs rumpled by acne or aging with microdermabrasion treatments for the face and neck. Wielding a stainless-steel wand from the DiamondTome resurfacing system, skin wizards conjure smoother complexions by removing the outermost layer of dead skin cells and any facial cobwebs to reveal new skin underneath. Each wand's tip boasts diamond chips around a vacuum, sloughing away deadbeat cells while light suction immediately absorbs them. A selection of wands enables aestheticians to customize each treatment for patients' individual needs. Over time, treatments can erode many of the symptoms of aging, from fine lines and acne scarring to hyperpigmentation and "Caesar was here" tattoos.
For more than 20 years, John and Stacy DiJulius have been improving their John Robert's Spa brand and opening up locations throughout the Cleveland area, most recently with their newest outpost in Strongsville. And it's no wonder their brand is so popular—even when you're not in the spa it feels like you're getting a spa treatment.
Haircuts include a scalp, hand, and arm massage, a mini facial treatment, and a mini makeup touchup, and pedicures can incorporate an exfoliating sugar scrub and hot-towel wrap. Then once you retire to the actual spa, you can choose from services that range from Aveda's signature Caribbean-therapy body treatment to microdermabrasion to spray tanning.
Those who frequent John Robert's can enroll in a VIP rewards program and feel great about the salon giving back to charities including Rainbow Babies and Flashes of Hope.
Lynnette Simmons is an aesthetician, but she's also got the listening skills of the best bartenders. A skin care veteran with more than 10 years of experience, she spends most of her time helping clients look radiant with microdermabrasion treatments, facials, and organic masks. And while she works, she talks—not only educating her clients on proper skin care but also listening to their concerns. Among her proudest moments, she says, "[One client told me] that I cured their acne. They had seen [a] dermatologist for years with no results."
Those chats usually go deeper than skincare, too. Gifted with a sympathetic ear and sage advice, Lynnette has come to know her clients well. "I love getting to know clients and becoming close to them," she says. "Like my own family."
Dr. Joseph Ripepi, the podiatrist behind Ripepi Foot & Ankle Clinics, Inc., has the clinical expertise to treat a variety of lower-limb maladies. After graduating from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Ripepi earned certification from the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and became a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. For close to two decades, the caring doctor has operated a solo practice and maintained medical privileges at several area hospitals. Dr. Ripepi also has completed specialty training in lasers, which he uses to dissolve nail fungus or remove shoes that are knotted too tight.
Beyond their diverse lineup of hair and spa services, the beauty experts at Future Directions Hair Studio & Spa are committed to creating an active dialogue with their clients to send them home happy with the precise look that they envisioned. In inviting, softly lit treatment rooms, clients can luxuriate as spa technicians armed with Bioelements products administer signature facials to restore skin to its factory-fresh condition. In the salon area, comfy chairs lull clients into a state of relaxation as a style therapist listens to the hair's innermost hopes and dreams, snipping and combing a path to coiffure self-actualization. The hair experts tame rebellious manes with custom color, highlights, and keratin hair-straightening treatments administered with professional products from Aquage, Goldwell, Matrix, and Paul Mitchell. Put-upon paws can also be indulged with a tailored mani-pedi finished with a coat of OPI or Zoya polish.