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.
Makeup artist Kristi Sadowski has been creating beautiful cosmetic looks for more than 15 years. Her hard work not only shows on the happy faces of her clients but also in the praise she has received on WeddingWire. It is with that dedication to her craft that she imbues her cosmetic skills onto others through makeup parties, makeup application for Sweet 16 parties and senior pictures, and her personal favorite, creating bridal makeup looks. Kristi also helps clients overhaul their makeup drawers by offering a Makeup 101 course, which allows her to purge unsuitable beauty products from medicine cabinets before taking them shopping for skin-type-appropriate lotions and serums that encourage a healthy, glowing complexion.
After Meredith Tong earned her associate's degree in massage therapy from Stautzenberger College, she snatched up her massage license and opened Time Out Therapeutics, LLC. In addition to Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point therapy, Meredith uses her interest in physical therapy to help clients reach new levels of health and fitness. She uses sports massage to buttress the body's immune system, increase kinesthetic awareness, and nurture injured sinews. This technique can also prevent injuries and prolong athletic careers by increasing flexibility, soothing swollen tissues, and calming the mind. Meredith's own athletic background informs her massage method as she helps individual athletes and teams achieve peak performance on the day of their marathons, dance competitions, and pogo-stick relays.
After becoming a licensed massage therapist and certified manual lymph-drainage therapist, Kelly Jo Dorn spent two years massaging patients at a nonprofit cancer center. She then used her experience and two levels of reiki training to open Healing Hands Massage Studio & Gifts in 2010. Since the studio's inception, she's enlisted the help of licensed massage therapist Anna Kimpel, who specializes in deep-tissue and hot-stone modalities. Clients enjoy all the relaxing services—ranging from oncology massage to reiki sessions—inside a warm treatment room that can be left silent or enhanced with the soothing sounds of a velvet saxophone.
After graduating from college, Nicole Warner was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a condition that causes chronic pain and fatigue. Regular massages helped keep her aches at bay, and she was so impressed with the benefits of massage therapy that she went back to school to become a certified therapist. Nicole now helps others find relief from pain using such techniques as trigger-point therapy, myofascial-release therapy, and the gentle strokes of a relaxation massage. She even incorporates heated stones to help further relax muscles. And during reflexology treatments she concentrates solely on the feet in order to stimulate different systems of the body.
At Jan?s Laser Hair Therapy, technicians aim to transform thinning wisps into lustrous heads of hair by targeting scalps with FDA safety-approved low-level laser light therapy. During treatments, laser light energizes cells and stimulates circulation, helping to stimulate hair growth and create strands that are thick and strong, like a stone tablet dictionary. As the laser diodes set to work during the 30-minute, semiweekly sessions, clients can relax and read books or magazines. And after each session, clients can resume everyday activity with little to no downtime required.