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.
Amanda Kelly has been using her skills to bring out the best in her clients? looks for more than two decades. At Amanda Kelly Salon, she delivers strand-smoothing Brazilian Blowouts and elegant updos, among other services. Men and women turn to her for the latest cuts and color treatments, and her makeup talents have readied many a bride for her walk down the aisle. Amanda?s roster of regulars includes local celebrities, including wives of the Bengals and Reds players.
Armed with current techniques for properly maintaining noggin lawns, Regis Salon’s network of stores keeps clients’ hair in order as dictated by the latest trends. Within this caravan of hair bazaars, customers’ wild manes are tamed by skillful stylists; use your Groupon toward a shampoo, cut, and blow-dry, and lean back and dream of breakdancing Stay Puft Marshmallow Men as a stylist carefully cleanses hair with shampoo and conditioner and then clips it into stylish head hedges that beautifully complement scalp-garden pathways. Afterward, the hair that’s left behind will receive a loving blow-dry for a style that gleams and glitters like a ruby-encrusted bowling ball. During the treatment, stylists offer helpful tips and tricks to help clients care for hair at home. If a shampoo and cut isn't your cup of sports drink, put your Groupon toward the cost of another service, such as hair coloring (starting at $52), highlights (starting at $75), or a perm (starting at $75).
Most popular service: Color and haircut
Brands Used: Joico, Paul Mitchell
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Metered street parking
Pro Tip: A picture is worth a thousand words. When I am doing a clients hair, picturess are appreciated.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
I have an instructor license in cosmetology, several certifications from natIonal brands of keratin smoothing?including Chi, Pravana and Enjoy?and color education including Joico, Paul Mitchell, Goldwell, Wella, and Rusk. I also have specialized training at the Dudley Academy for textured/curly hair.
Out of your entire repertoire, which is your favorite service to perform and why?
Color. It is the best way to change your look, whether the change is bold or subtle.
What steps do you take to make your clients feel at ease?
I listen to each client's needs, then try to create a look that fits their lifestyle. I show them easy tips on how to re-create a look at home.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I am a multi-culture stylist with almost 20 years of experience. Curly hair is my specialty.