A smiling crowd of stylists gathers around a chair, watching as a special guest deftly weaves a woman's hair into a type of braid they've never seen. He lets them pick up where he leaves off, showing them how to part and plait with encouraging guidance. This is not an impromptu sleepover, but a school lesson?Redhouse Salon prioritizes up-to-date education with several events and classes for its staff. In fact, continuing-education milestones are factored in with creativity to determine an employee's rank on the team. By staying abreast of current trends and innovative looks, they broaden their repertoire beyond simple cuts and color applications. Their services cover highlights, stress-reducing scalp massages, and retexturing treatments from the popular perms and Brazilian blowouts to more obscure japanese straightening techniques.
The salon's aestheticians also administer pore-pampering facials. Having trained at the Rep?chage institute in New Jersey, they nourish skin with marine ingredients such as seaweed and cleansing slaps from a fish's tail. Elsewhere, nail technicians conclude mani-pedis with swipes of OPI polish and CND Shellac, and massage therapists channel the scents of aromatherapy and the focused pressure of deep-tissue work to ease aches. Clients who hope to carry pieces of their visits home with them can browse shelves of retail products?including formulas from Bumble and bumble, Aveda, and M.D. Skin Care?all of which have been tested and approved by the staff.
Vixen Aesthetics arose from a passion for healing people and caring for skin. Medical director Dr. Jerry Greib developed an interest in aesthetics while treating patients in the emergency room. Leann Griffin, a registered nurse and the CEO of Vixen, fueled her passion for skin rejuvenation after caring for patients in the critical-care and burn-intensive-care units. Together, these two helm a staff that beautifies clients with medical and nonmedical aesthetic procedures. Wrinkles relax after injections of Botox or Dysport, and facial fillers such as Artefill, Restylane, and Juvéderm work to restore fullness. The staff rejuvenates complexions with exfoliating microdermabrasions as well as more advanced treatments, such as carboxytherapy—the practice of injecting small amounts of carbon dioxide into the skin to improve the appearance of stretch marks, scars, and lingering marker mustaches. With the assistance of versatile laser systems, they can also remove hair, resurface skin, remove tattoos, and eradicate nail fungus.
Ria Schodowski always knew she wanted to help people, but it wasn’t until she left nursing school and headed to Singapore to care for her ailing mother that she realized massage was how she wanted to do it. During this time, Ria befriended her mother's massage therapist and watched as his treatment helped her mother's aneurysm to shrink. This dramatic healing convinced Ria. Upon her return to the United States, she became certified in reflexology and massage therapy and opened Ria’s Touch.
Today, Ria uses her skills to relieve her clients' aching joints, increase their flexibility, and improve their sleep with five massage styles. Her repertoire includes pregnancy, sports, and deep-tissue massage. To further encourage physical well-being, Ria also performs nail, waxing, and facial services furnished with her own line of lotions, which are made with all-natural ingredients and free from preservatives. For toxin-free home care, clients can purchase her organic lotions and shower-therapy bath tablets, which work to relax muscles, soothe the skin, and help wash hard-to-reach spots on the back.
When Angel Sanborn and her sister started sculpting trendy hairstyles and cleansing complexions, they weren't in a salon—they were in their own home. "I was always in the wrong place at the wrong time," Angel said as she reminisced about the chaos of performing spa services in the hours following her day job. The sisters' success multiplied as they accrued more and more clients for wedding and bachelor parties. Soon they were performing services for their friends' friends, eventually getting within two degrees of Kevin Bacon. "It kept going and going and it's still going," Angel said. The two sisters decided to quit their jobs and offer salon and spa services full time. To do so, they opened Salon Heat—a full-service beauty center with treatments for hair and skin.
At Rosewood Spa, clients relax as staffers tend to their skin, nails, and backs within a retrofitted home that was built in 1853 and retains its historical charm. With eyes closed during relaxing treatments, clients can imagine the opulent fashions and leaked Oscar Wilde spoilers that passed through the historical building's halls. A massage therapist pores over their muscles with fluid strokes or uses 100% organic, Michigan-made Woodsprite Organic Body products to exfoliate and moisturize during a custom facial. The staff also primps nails and performs waxing, and Rosewood Spa opens its doors for private spa parties, during which girls can congregate and indulge in the staff's pampering expertise.
Scan the smiling faces of Bellisima Salon & Spa's staff page, and you'll come across more than a dozen experienced stylists, a licensed cosmetologist with a decade in the industry, and an aesthetician who has trained under top Dermalogica pros. These staffers cut hair with classic looks in mind, such as the bob or the Bob Barker, and then spruce up 'dos with highlights and modern styling. They also sell products from Moroccanoil, Redken, Paul Mitchell, Bed Head, and Pureology—the same products they use for services—so that clients can maintain their new looks at home.