As one of the oldest cosmetology schools in the area, the Salon Schools Group has been churning out highly trained manicure mavens, visage revolutionaries, and overall bodily beautifiers for nearly eight decades. Drop by any location and let one of the up-and-coming cosmetologists stage a performance of their freshly honed skills under the supervision of an expert instructor before they matriculate to some of the finest salons in the area. Services, which vary by school location, include a cranberry bog facial from Westerville's spa menu, which cleanses and heals the skin with antioxidants and essential oils and, like any fruitful spelunking expedition, concludes with a shampoo and blow dry ($32.50). Heath's salon menu offers deluxe haircuts with a blow dry and curling-iron style ($9–$11) and cap highlights ($29–$30). Liberate upper lips and eyebrows from the tyranny of excess fuzz with a wax from Canal Winchester's spa offerings ($7 each), or sharpen your claws with the full set of sculptured nails offered on Karl Road's salon menu ($20). There are a slew of equally indulgent treatments at all seven locations. Go in for a marathon glam session before the office prom, or spread out services over multiple visits.
Licensed massage therapist Brandy Reed turns muscle frowns upside down with a diverse array of massage techniques. Brandy can lull you into a serene trance with relaxation bodywork or draw on the heat-retention powers of smooth rivers stones to access lower-layer aches. Clients may also request a sports massage to improve their range of motion and pretend they are prizefighters without the hassle of all that fame and money.
Ever since she can remember, Rebekah Robison has had a passion for helping people; massage therapy was a perfect fit. She began her journey at the Dayton School of Medical Massage, where she learned helpful techniques such as neuromuscular bodywork, Swedish massage, and how to open a mayo jar with one finger. Today, CoreCare Chiropractic & Tissue Rehab offers a cozy, private setting for Rebekah to heal clients with her specialty bodywork and a warm, welcoming smile.
A former x-ray technologist and radiation therapist, Natalie had recently emerged from another round of schooling when she purchased the water-damaged space that she knew had the potential to turn into the spa of her dreams, she told LNE & Spa. After a lengthy remodeling, Bethany Ray at Skin Solutions Willow Tree Spa opened in 2003. Staffed by numerous specialists, the cell-phone, electronics, and giant-laser-free space accommodates clients with spa packages or individual treatments such as body wraps, reflexology, and hairstyling. A recently added 2,000-square-foot studio shelters fitness classes and healthy cooking demos hosted by organic green chefs.
Amid exposed brick and the warm, sunny walls of a converted coffee shop is Kimberly Jo Hite, the eponymous owner and creator of Hite Wellness. The self-described "Jill of all trades" welcomes her patrons to step beneath her large umbrella of services, which encompasses everything from facials and massages to energy work and intuitive guidance. As a holistic health practitioner, aesthetician, ordained minister, and reiki master, Hite has all the tools necessary to boost total-body wellness and make clients feel happier than an unsupervised kid at a fireworks store.
Licensed massage therapist Toni Dunbar helps dissipate stress and muscular aches with Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages. Swedish treatments use oils and flowing strokes to lull clients into tranquility, and deep-tissue massages target more persistent pains.
Headed by veteran plastic surgeon Dr. Jason Lichten, Central Ohio Plastic Surgery beautifies bodies with a suite of advanced cosmetic procedures. Botox treatments use injections of purified protein to paralyze wrinkle-causing muscles, smoothing out the epidermal furrows that can often obscure detailed facial tattoos. All procedures are performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon fully trained in administering injections safely and professionally. Appointments take about half an hour, and the injections themselves take only five minutes, allowing patients to defeat unwanted wrinkles during a lunch break or the boring part of a favorite feature-length infomercial. Full effects are usually apparent after two weeks, and the results last up to four to six months.