As a master of the intricate discipline of nail art, expert technician Danielle Bench knows that, when it comes to style, the smallest details can make the biggest impact. From her professional home at Diva's Hair Studio, she tailors each mani-pedi to suit the moods and personalities of her clients. Drawing on education from the Glen Dow Academy, she decorates digits with more than 90 different acrylic colors, utilizing her deft brushwork for intricate 3-D designs such as bow ties, flowers, or portraits of their pet ladybugs. Her Shellac manicures cure beneath a UV light, which instantly dries nails that can resist chipping for up to two weeks. In addition to her artistic instincts, Danielle also understand a thing or two about pampering; performed in a private treatment room, her spa pedicures keep feet looking and feeling their best with the help of tropical-scented sugar scrub and white tea mud masks.
Although the massage therapists at Renewing Therapies excel at tracking down stiffness with their bare hands, they find it's often easier just to ask clients where they're tense. They have a conversation with clients before retreating to the warm, comfortable treatment rooms, discussing the benefits and methods of the massage modalities and whether the client needs to relax, alleviate an ache, or merely look at the therapists' spring-loaded fingers. The communication doesn't stop during the massage, however, as guests are welcome to give feedback throughout the session.
Inside Sunny Buns Tanning Salon & Spa, the full-length, ornate, gold-framed mirror at Kaitlyn Nearing's workstation allows her to take in each client's entire look, so she can do her best work. She prides herself on customizing looks to clients' needs and styles with her hair services. Those range from lengthening hair extensions and dramatic mohawk highlights to reconstructive deep-conditioning treatments and classic cuts for every member of the family.
Potted foliage and golden wallpaper warm up Mirage Spa & Salon. Spending her days inside this sanctuary is Ashlee Curnutt, a stylist who hosts men, women, and children in her salon chair. She cuts off split ends, colors strands with highlights, and adds body with perms.
Sandra Goin has found great success as a stylist and salon owner, but she still considers herself a student. She learns something new every day, and encourages her staff to stay up to date on current trends in cuts, color, and permanent straightening.
The staff at Axis Aveda Salon—formerly known as Natural Rejuvenation Aveda—uses a full line of natural beauty products to gussy up clients from head to toe. The quaint, four-chair salon's stylists offer cuts, color, and a variety of Aveda deep-conditioning treatments, and aestheticians perform body waxing and facials within private rooms. During the Elemental Nature facial, beauticians combine Elemental Nature products with exfoliation and massage techniques to address client skin concerns such as aging, dryness, sensitivity, oiliness, and flaking like a sunburned biscuit. A revitalizing Aveda eye treatment pampers peepers with naturally based products that harness the power of pure plant and flower extracts to help deflate under-eye bags
Guided by socially conscious principles for more than 30 years, Aveda produces a full line of natural beauty products carried at nearly 7,000 salons and spas. Popular gorgeous-makers such as Shampure shampoo and witch-hazel hairspray deliver on Aveda's commitment to well-rounded earthly beauty with eco-friendly packaging cradling ingredients derived from the world's finest and least selfish plants.