From children to adults, the individuals who sit in Kristen Rhoad's chair are all unique and so is their hair. Kristen customizes styles according to each customer's desires, which keeps her busy cutting cute bobs, clean hairlines, and face-flattering layers. She applies all-over color or highlights that brighten locks, and subdues frizz with keratin treatments.
Hair can easily style itself. But because it stubbornly refuses to, stylist Mandi Jessee picks up the slack with a diverse array of cut and color treatments. Clients may also request a frizz-reducing keratin treatment to simplify styling, or commemorate a special occasion with a perm, updo, or full-head shave.
"Touch can be healing," says Donna Medley, proprietor of CovRing Day Spa. Indeed, Donna uses the word “heal” often when she talks about the events that inspired her to open the spa. Her son dealt with prolonged medical problems, and the family worked together to nurse him back to health. This, she says, pushed the long-time cosmetologist to pursue the wellness aspect of her training, and soon she'd shuttered both her Maryland salons and focused on opening CovRing Day Spa.
Donna thought in terms of healing potential when designing the spa itself. The space is awash in the restorative colors of the earth, from the grass green in the mani-pedi room to the lounge painted in the same cerulean shades of the sky and naturally occurring groups of blue musicians. The healing power of olive oil infuses all of the spa's Swedish massages, facials, and mani-pedis. To Donna, the olive oil symbolizes an anointing, and because she used it when caring for her son, it recalls his healing, reminding her every day why she chose this path.
Penny Wheeler always knew she was destined to be a hairstylist, and so she began taking classes while still in high school. Since then, she's built up a wall of credentials that includes a degree from the Charleston School of Beauty Culture, training from Redken, and cosmetology licenses in West Virginia, South Carolina, and New York. Her love of learning and passion for helping others reinvent themselves inspire her to seek out ongoing training in the latest techniques. Her specialties include expert cuts and coloring services, for which she favors the use of Redken Color Fusion products, as they conceal gray hairs and budding antlers.
Housed in a charming Victorian home complete with federally mandated porch swing, Belle Vive summons pampering powers to ensure clients walk out looking and feeling fantastic. Gifted stress melters knead away tension during hour-long Delightful Luxury massages, treating guests like royalty without later besmirching them in the British tabloids. Ladies can also get their locks changed with the cut-and-style service, transforming frazzled head hives into coiffed and shining fashion manes. A friendly and experienced staff is on hand at all times to ensure the services and after-care compliments run smoothly.
Krysti Bowers expertly wields a pair of scissors when transforming the hair on her clients? heads. She cuts off split ends, forms new layers, and even creates bangs for people who want to hide their forehead tattoos. With just as much ease, she covers sections of hair with dye to create highlights, and softens lock with conditioning treatments.