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.
An 18-year veteran of the nail care profession, Deborah Horning doesn't rest on her laurels. Despite awards, accolades, and international travel, Deborah continues to attend classes from industry mainstays like OPI and CND in order to expand her toolbox. Her specialty is the mani-pedi, and in the last two decades she's groomed and polished enough fingers and toes to turn the hokey pokey industry on its head. At Salon Concepts, she puts all her experiences and training toward the next finger or toe she encounters, and often enhances the basic service with pampering extras such as sugar scrubs, whirlpool foot soaks, foot masks, and massages.
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.
The Trendz Salon team crafts an extensive service menu with quality style ingredients and years of experience beautifying bodies. Those who opt for general salon services can avail themselves of treatments such as a wash and style, ideal to prep for a special occasion or keep heads clean while letting bodies, like wine bottles, accrue valuable layers of dust ($30 and up). A back-skincare treatment perfects last impressions ($40), and waxing, removes unwanted fluff to ensure a confident swimsuit swagger and hassle-free attendance at antiwerewolf rallies ($5–$90 depending on area).
Cura Bella's resident hair and nail technicians grace scalps and limbs with a menu of hair and nail services and steadfast attention to detail. Stylists snip away at lengthy locks with simple haircuts ($35+) and offer special-occasion updo styling to gussy up guests for “Baby's First Self-Aware Moment” celebrations ($35–$80). Spot straightening services ($35+) tackle pesky frizz-fraught areas and custom foil framing ($35+) highlights favored locks. Each treatment includes a rejuvenating scalp massage to oust stress from its cranium-bound fortifications.
Get your hair ready for fish-teasing season with a haircut and style ($35+) from one of Salon Urbanity's innovative stylists, or artificially infuse a sun-kissed look into your 'do with full foil highlights ($70+). You can also freshen up for an upcoming passport photo with a microdermabrasion treatment ($120+). Salon Urbanity's skilled technician will peel away the years by exfoliating the top microlayer of facial skin, leaving it looking refreshed and young enough to earn double-profiles from airport security, and an indulgent French manicure ($22+) will spiff up sorry fingernails. And if your new career in plantain farming has made your muscles tense and tightened, opt for a relaxating relaxation massage ($60 for 60 minutes) and feel troubles melt away like a dropped ice-cream cone in the Sahara.