Founded by Mary Kay Ash in 1963, Mary Kay provides high-quality makeup and skincare products to the beauty-seeking masses. Transform frontispieces with one of Mary Kay's best sellers, such as the customizable Mary Kay compact ($18), or send a stern message to freeloading free radicals with the TimeWise age-fighting moisturizer ($22). Liquid lip color ($13) lends allure to the kisser in hues such as royal plum, raspberry ice, or chocoholic, and the TimeWise 3-in-1 cleanser ($18) urges skin to retain its youthful textures by hydrating, exfoliating, and applying raw steaks to bruises left by a slap from Father Time. Beach-goers and sand sleepers can likewise prepare for the before, during, and after of sun tanning with Mary Kay's sun-care collection of sunscreens, tanning lotion, and after-sun replenishing gel ($7.50–$16).
Overseen by owner and veteran hair-tamer Monica Richardson, The Element Total Salon transforms languid locks into voguish 'dos within the cheerful climes of its elegant interior. The salon's professional squad of hair specialists skillfully chops customers' mops, attracting compliments from friends, strangers, and the insides of hats. Follow up the cut with a blow-dry that freshens follicles with a bracing rush of air and seals in the pulchritude of your newly clipped noodle nest.
At the Springboro outpost of the Merle Norman franchise, beauty consultants tailor recommendations to every client after a free skin assessment. Through this careful analysis, they can identify both cosmetic and cleansing products to address issues such as acne, aging, and ears that keep sliding down. They can also teach clients how to apply these products with makeover sessions. Beyond aesthetic products, the Springboro location carries accessories from lines such as Vera Bradley.
The stylists, barbers, and nail artists at Touch of Elegance Salon stay on top of the industry's latest trends to keep customers looking their best. Highlights, lowlights, and creative dye jobs update looks for the season or witness protection programs and kids' cuts cater to the fashion needs of young clients. A braiding specialist on staff also expertly plaits, twists, and dreadlocks tresses, while skincare experts cleanse and pamper pores.
Led by Annie Shell, a Xenia native and former international educator for Goldwell and Matrix haircare, Gloss Salon's skilled staff sculpts and prunes scalp foliage, helping harried heads go from ragged to refined. Strut inside the funky pink-splashed styling studio, from which stressed strands may leave chanting a new om such as "hum" or "schintzel," thanks to the botanical moisturizers and proteins found in the salon's exclusive Mantra haircare products.
If Ramona Lisa Abner ever goes to the Louvre, she'll probably get arrested for filling in the Mona Lisa's sparse brows. That's because Ramona—also known as Mona Lisa—embellishes facial features with permanent-makeup services. During each one-hour session, Mona imbues lips, lids, and brows with subtle shades that don't smudge after long days or encounters with moisture. She can also adorn cheeks with blush, camouflage irregular pigments, hide scars, and create Marilyn Monroe–style beauty marks. When she isn't sprucing up her clients, she hosts a five-day training course, an apprenticeship program, and a continuing-education class to help both new and experienced artists hone their permanent-makeup skills.