While many kids her age were busy making mud pies or fingerpaintings, Michelle Vernon was developing her own kind of artistry. As a girl, she mixed ingredients for facial masks and other skincare concoctions, trying them out on her friends and family. Shaffer went on to aesthetics school and eventually climbed the cotton ball–lined ladder to become a cosmetics manager for a prominent skincare company. But she isn't one to rest on her laurels—she continues to seek out the latest industry techniques and was one of the first aestheticians in Kansas City to offer eyelash extensions.
Vernon draws upon a decade of professional experience, thoroughly analyzing each client's skin to recommend the best course of treatment. She offers anti-aging four-layer or collagen facials, diamond microdermabrasions, and innovative add-on services such as the NuFace five-minute facelift, which tones facial muscles and recharges propeller beanies with a microcurrent. Vernon also specializes in three different types of permanent cosmetics. After hours, she volunteers with the American Cancer Society, giving patients makeup instruction and teaching them how to care for their skin during chemotherapy and other treatments.
Jennifer, the stylist responsible for turning first-time visitors to Salon Studio and Spa into loyal clients, employs seven years of haircare experience to design the most flattering coiffures for each individual. She also uses only high-quality products, including those by Pureology and Kevin Murphy. During a women’s, men’s, or kids’ haircut, Jennifer snips away at strands to fashion custom head-top masterpieces. She also arranges hair into updos to prepare clients for formal bowling tournaments and uses Keune Professional Color products to add fashionable new shades without attaching a chameleon with a bobby pin. Patrons can spiff up areas below the hairline with an eyebrow shaping using tea-tree wax or with a long-lasting Gelish manicure.
In 2010, hair stylist Amy Pering turned away from her job in the corporate world to pursue her passion in cosmetics and hair styling. A quick learner, by August of 2011 she had already graduated from a Paul Mitchell school and was ready for the next chapter of her life: helping others look and feel their best. After whetting her professional appetite at another Prairie Village spa, Amy opened her own salon—Love Your Body Beautiful—where she hopes to impress the message in her business name onto her clients. Today, clients come to her salon for her precision cuts, styles, and coloring done with professionally trusted Paul Mitchell products and never products from imposters like Shmaul Shmitchell.
Sarah Matthews brings many things to her practice, Healing Touch Massage. Aside from being a nationally certified massage therapist, she also studied anatomy and physiology, and has worked with everyone from pregnant women to professional athletes. Her service menu testifies to the versatility of her massage skills. For instance, she offers Swedish massages for clients wishing for a relaxing escape, and deep-tissue massage experiencing pain or tension. And, to make each session even more relaxing, she can also add hot stones or aromatherapy, or add a body wrap, which uses a botanical formula to tighten and tone skin.
Licensed massage therapists render a panoply of massage modalities geared toward fulfilling their professional mission of vanquishing pain. The team observes that pain encroaches into bodies from many sources, such as stress from work, overexertion from playing sports, or stiffness from traveling cross-country in an overhead bin. To combat these many causes and iterations of pain, each massage therapist culls their experiences to choreograph their own interpretations of massage modalities, each tailored specifically to fit the needs of the client.