Seasoned stylist Christina Heinen doesn't chalk her friendly nature up to mere professionalism—she sincerely enjoys the time she spends making her clients beautiful. She and her talented staff of stylists and aestheticians renovate women's and men's faces, nails, bodies, and ‘dos with masterfully executed services.
Their haircuts, coloring services, and Coppola keratin smoothing treatments prompt an instant onslaught of double takes from onlookers and aimless hairnets. Brow and facial waxes de-fuzz mugs for professional makeup applications, and spray tans prep bodies for the beach or provide camouflage for pilfered Olympic gold medals. In addition to their regular beauty-boosting appointments, the stylists host glamour parties, where they gussy up guests with eye-catching hair and makeup before releasing them into the wild for bachelorette parties and nights on the town.
Heather DiPillo, one-third of Amiche Capelli Salon of Style's ownership team, transforms manes into chic configurations with haircuts, highlights, and coloring services. Brandishing scissors against rogue strands and kamikaze flyaways bent on sinking the entire 'do, DiPillo snips and styles manes before dousing tresses with a pop of partial highlights or an all-over color glaze. Amiche Capelli's stylists dole out their dome-transforming services in the salon's urban-inspired confines, where modern art contrasts with exposed bricks, and discarded locks vie for a second chance from the cutting room’s tiled floor.
From the exterior, the early 20th-century farmhouse overflows with colonial charm, its stately white siding climbing three stories, complemented on one side by a tall brick chimney. Inside, Beauty Bar’s lofty 10,000-square-foot salon snaps visitors back into the present with track lighting, immaculate lines, and pine-hued wood floors. Crystal chandeliers hang in the nail room where technicians perform cocktail-inspired mani-pedis with titles such as Limoncello and Pink Martini, and photos of Audrey Hepburn whisper uninvited pointers about buffing and missed polish spots. The custard-hued walls surround 12 cream-colored styling chairs, where specialists transform coifs with the aid of Bumble and bumble, Pureology, and Beauty Bar's signature concoctions. Private spa spaces provide a serene setting for waxing, massages, and playfully named facials such as the Crybaby and Oh Behave, along with all-over pampering services including body scrubs and aromatherapy steam showers.
As her spa’s name suggests, cosmetologist Angie believes that spa services should do more than simply pamper: they should renew and reenergize the body for life’s daily tasks. Angie’s staff of aestheticians, cosmetologists, and nail technicians shares this philosophy in its treatments that range from classic massages and facials to waxing and hairstyling for men and women. To keep up with their industry’s ever-changing trends, staffers enroll in continuing-education classes that cover fashion, styling, and how to decipher the complex literary schemas in popular magazines.
Janelle Poitinger realized her life's purpose when a close family member was battling cancer. Janelle saw how much massage helped that person cope with her tremendous struggle, and wondered how rewarding it would be to help others ease physical pain and emotional stress through massage therapy. Janelle earned her massage-therapist license from the Ohio State medical board in 1997, and she’s since dedicated herself to helping clients relax from the tension and aches of everyday life.
Janelle customizes her massages to the needs of each individual. As she works, she pays close attention to clients’ feedback and how their bodies respond to the treatment before adjusting her techniques accordingly. After her massages, clients leave the office feeling more relaxed, energetic, and focused. In order to stay at the top of her game, Janelle regularly attends continuing-education classes and keeps her hands strong by challenging bodybuilders to thumb wars. Outside the office, clients might spot her riding her scooter around town or trying out new hobbies, such as golf.
While obtaining her communication degree, Ashley J. Hirzel knew she wanted to focus her career on helping people. Now a licensed massage therapist and the owner of H&M Open Arms Massage Studio, she leads the charge to physical and emotional wellness with a team of therapists certified in modalities such as pregnancy, deep-tissue, and LaStone massages. Within treatment rooms adorned with Monet-inspired artwork and trompe l’oeil paintings of ornate trees with lanterns, they help clients overcome pain, injury, and stress. Add-ons such as cold-stone therapy, aromatherapy, and foot massages deepen each treatment with their own brand of pampering. The spa’s wraps and scrubs call upon ingredients such as pomegranate and cranberry extracts and European roses to render the skin as smooth as Dean Martin’s voicemail message.