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 Repêchage 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.
Medical director Dr. Subash Duggirala and president and CEO Jennifer Swalwell drive Serenity Zone Med Spa ever forward, using their expertise to lead a team of physicians, aestheticians, and nailcare technicians. Dr. Duggirala—a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians—has treated patients for more than a quarter century and has taught at prestigious institutions such as Georgetown University School of Medicine. Swalwell, on the other hand, focuses on mind-body transformations as a health coach. She became versed in more than 100 dietary theories and numerous lifestyle-coaching methods at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where her studies included training with renowned health experts Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Deepak Chopra.
Since its founding, Serenity Zone Med Spa has remained up to date on the technological front. Two Syneron lasers and a Matrix IR system perform advanced skin treatments, adding youthful vigor to lax skin with a combination of radiofrequency, infrared energy, and motivational speeches. In addition to clinical skin treatments, the crew offers relaxing massages, mani-pedis, and spa packages.
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.
For Salon Dion's stylists, knowledge is power. From following trends around the globe to seeking out new training and techniques, their everlasting quest to expand their skills has resulted in work at New York Fashion Week and the Miss Michigan pageant, as well as various television appearances and photo shoots. But they primarily use their talents on clients seated at the salon’s BlowDry Bar. Here, they check scalp conditions, then address any problems with treatments tailored to each customer. The team's expertise also extends to chic haircuts, current color trends, customized facials, bridal services, and expert waxing designed to provide brows with the exact amount of arch needed to play a supervillain.