Aesthetics Etc. owner Ann Marie Ray strives to transform standard beauty services into relaxing sensory experiences. Her staff incorporates the flame-softened wax of collagen-infused candles into select massages, relies on brand-name gloProfessional products, and encourages clients to slip into cozy slippers and robes. Ann Marie's signature service is permanent-makeup application though, which is useful both for helping chemotherapy patients to aesthetically recover from the loss of their eyebrows or simply shortening a client’s daily face-prepping routine.
Before pursuing a career in makeup and skincare, Ann Marie spent seven years working a standard 9-to-5 job in finance. After years of persuasion and encouragement from her mother, a professional aesthetician, she left the corporate world and became a certified permanent-cosmetics specialist in 2002. Today, mother and daughter operate separate but noncompeting businesses, referring clients to one another for specific treatments or a second opinion on who left the milk out that one time in 1991.
Stylist Ashlee Griggs zips throughout the Toledo area to glamorize gaggles of women in their own homes or carefully trims and tints tresses within the mint-green walls of her home base, Texxture a Salon. Before sculpting strands, Ashlee consults thoroughly with the client, poring over hairstyle photos and taking stock of each strand's tendency to curl during awkward first dates. An experienced Tigi colorist, Ashlee carefully calibrates highlights or all-over color, adding depth and shine to monochromatic hair. After color has set, Ashlee snips hair into a face-framing shape and locks it into place with a blow-dry and style. With help from new partner Erica Miller, Ashlee also whips out styling tools and makeup brushes to glamorize faces with an armada of liners and powders, which embellishes facial features for demurely posed wedding photos or showdowns with facial-recognition software in nearby grocery aisles.
The depilation artists at Brow Art 23's boutique produce carefully sculpted eyebrows and perform precision threading and waxing services. During their signature eyebrow-threading services, the boutique's technicians wield two threads over fuzzy body surfaces to pull out fine hairs or sculpt fuzz into neat shapes quickly and effortlessly. Their arsenal of eyebrow-pampering products also includes angled eyebrow brushes, stencils, and makeup to glam up bland brows and keep new looks fresh at home. Threading can also be done on other parts of the body besides the face, leaving any area smooth or remaining hair formed into the name Denise. The boutique also offers henna tattoos and eyelash extensions, rounding out its suite of beautifying services.
Inside an intimate space flooded with natural light, the stylists at Equilibrium a Salon tend to coifs with artistry and care. Comfy chairs cushion clients as they consult with their stylist about their new 'do, before cut, style, and coloring services begin in earnest. The salon also caters to complexions with spray-tanning services, which utilize customized spraying solution that is applied evenly by hand.
Among Brooke Taylor’s favorite activities—a list that includes such innocuous pastimes as sketching, traveling, and Bible study—there’s one that sticks out: her not-so-secret penchant for tattooing other people’s faces. As a certified intradermal cosmetic technician, Brooke specializes in shortening morning routines with permanent cosmetic treatments for the eyes, lips, and brows. Her high-quality pigments are tailored to each client’s skin hues and undertones to help ensure safe, long-lasting color. Brooke cares about her clients’ comfort as well—her signature topical numbing technique offsets pain more effectively than sprinkling crushed aspirin pills across skin. Aside from permanent-makeup applications, she offers skin-correcting medical services such as tattoo removal and areola restoration for breast-cancer survivors.