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From fuller brows, eyes and lips to speeding up your morning routine, there are many reasons why this local nurse-turned-permanent-makeup-maven is passionate about her profession. Keep reading to learn more.

Imagine how much time you spend each day applying and removing your makeup. That’s just one of the reasons why Barbara Rahn, RN, BSN, CPCP, decided to get her permanent makeup done.

Turns out, she loved her results so much, it inspired her to do the same for others. Today, she’s the proud owner of Enhanced Beauty Permanent Makeup and Pigmentation, located at 11147 Montgomery Road.

This new inspiration and career shift came at a good time for Rahn. After having two major spinal fusion surgeries, needing to find something that was easier on her back. After having her own permanent makeup done by an RN in St. Louis, Missouri, Rahn says she was so intrigued with the business that she immersed herself into making it happen.

Eyebrows are just one of the services offered at Enhanced Beauty.

“I began researching and found that there were schools that offered training,” Rahn says. “I decided to go to Orlando, Florida and train at Nouveau Contour. I decided to turn a room in my home into a tattoo shop and do permanent makeup procedures on every friend and relative that trusted me. After about 40 procedures, I returned to Nouveau Contour for advanced classes.”

Rahn can create areolas, various eye liner looks, lip colors and fuller looking eyebrows by adding tattoo coloring to these areas to create the look you want and makes your morning routine effortless. “I do permanent eyeliner and love this procedure. I get many referrals from the doctors at the Cincinnati Eye Institute since my husband is an eye doctor there,” Rahn explains. “I have had the luxury of his advice and assistance in providing a safe eyeliner procedure for my clients. Obviously, it is wonderful to wake up and have your makeup already in place. It is especially nice for older clients who may be losing their vision or may suffer from ‘dry eye syndrome.’ These are the kind of patients I get from eye doctor referrals.”

Barbara Rahn, Owner of Enhanced Beauty

While creating an eye look that is unique to her patients, Rahn says she is happy to also tattoo areolas onto breast cancer survivors, or remove any tattoos as well. “I especially enjoy doing a 3D areola tattoo on patients that have survived breast cancer and breast reconstruction,” Rahn says. “I do scar correction and camouflage and while these procedures are very rewarding, tattoo removal is a big part of my practice. I do removal of body tattoos and a large number of poorly done brow tattoos.”

While having her own practice in the Cincinnati area, Rahn also has an office in Atlanta Georgia and works with talented tattoo artists on a regular basis for regulated training. While prices vary, Rahn says permanent makeup is there to enhance natural beauty and she wants every client to enjoy a fresh take on a timeless eye look. “I think my practice is more appealing to clients and patients because they know that I am an RN,” says Rahn. “They know that they are safe in my office.”

To learn more, visit https://www.ebpermanentmakeup.com.

 

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Why one medspa has become the number one rated medical spa in Cincinnati and Columbus offering their patients what they want without blowing their bank. Click here for all the details!

Juvly Aesthetics has become one of the most popular medical spas in Greater Cincinnati.

With stresses of school schedules, kids sports games and work, it can start to weigh in on our skin.

Getting a break from the ever-growing to-do list is just what the doctor ordered and the break is stepping outside the city limits. Juvly Aesthetics is offering some “me” time for ladies and gents not only in the Cincinnati area, but Columbus as well.

Juvly Business Development Manager Sam Peck, says Juvly is a leading cosmetic dermatology practice with affordable skin care treatments in Cincinnati and Columbus. “I was patient number 15 at Juvly in 2014 and I just fell in love with the results,” says Peck. “I still continue to spread the word to all my friends and family. “

Peck says the mission of Juvly is to create transparency pricing, which is why all of their pricing for each service is located right on their website so people know right away what they are walking into. While the care is affordable, it doesn’t stop the team from putting people from both locations in their best skin. “We make people feel better without expensive plastic surgery,” Peck says. “We like to see our values playing into that mission. We want to offer great service to every client that walks through our door, and we do. No one has ever done this kind of work. This is the fastest growing medspa in the history of time and currently. “

Juvly offers a plethora of services to plump and prime the skin, but Peck says their most popular services are lip fillers and botox. Peck says underage fillers are their signature services, which offer minimal to no downtime.

According to Peck, botox isn’t a grueling, tough or bad thing to do to the skin at really any age. “There’s no specific age to start botox,” says Peck. “When you begin to see wrinkles at rest, you’re then a good candidate. It’s best to do it before the wrinkles form; this will give you the best results to rid yourself of future wrinkles.”

Even with Juvly’s services having minimal to no down time, aftercare is still of the essence for clients. “Every service is different,” Peck explains. “Going home and staying out of the sun is definitely something we recommend for any service. If you’re getting lip fillers, we recommend keeping them hydrated. Also, a client who just received a service should stray away from working out for a few days after.”

While Juvly takes care of their patients skin care needs without breaking the bank, they go the extra mile to also help out their frequent customers with $50 referrals for everyone that gets treated. “We offer programs that maximize to the next level,” Peck explains. “We want to be sure they get the most amount of rewards and discounts. Customers can also sign up for a membership which offers rewards and discount prices on services.”

With a transparency pricing motto, Juvly has all prices for their services right on their website. Botox is $10.99 per unit, Juvederm Volbella lip fillers are $429 and microblading is $489. “There are different specials each month,” Peck says. “They stay very low in the botox range and fillers are a buy more and you save more deal. This makes it better for clients to get them what they want without blowing the bank.”

For more pricing or to book an appointment, visit their website here.

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A new salon is calling Erie Ave. home, and it’s adding lots of light and beauty to the community. Keep reading to learn more.

 

Samantha Theobald and Ashley Reichard, Co-owners of Lightbox Salon.

From cuts and styles to colors and curls, Samantha Theobald and Ashley Reichard, co-owners of Lightbox Salon, are helping ladies and gents stay up-to-date with their hair care regimen, finding a look that’s unique to them.

With Theobald and Reichard being in the cosmetology industry for more than 10 years, they decided it was time to branch out and create a space of their own. Before officially opening Lightbox in June 2017, Theobald and Reichard noticed many beautiful things about their new salon, primary of which were boxes of sunlight that flooded the salon.

That eventually led to the business name, along with hoping their clients feel lighter and brighter when they leave. “We decided to go out on our own to create a space that encourages community with other entrepreneurs and build into the people we serve on a daily basis,” says Theobald. “We are very passionate about being the best at our craft. We have a smaller, more intimate space that is light-hearted and calm. We especially love our countertop workspace where clients can sit and work while they visit.”

Theobald says with the amount of time she has spent in the beauty industry, it can be hard to progress in it unless you open up your own salon. With Theobald and Reichard wanting to have their own schedules and a little more freedom, the decided to look for their own salon space. “Our salon is set up a bit different than most,” Theobald says. “We both set our own schedules around what works best for our clients and for us, so each week there’s the possibility that it will be different from the last. We do all of our own booking, which helps us be more efficient and is more convenient for our clients. We both typically book about two to three months out, so this allows us to have control of our books, better communication with our clients and, ultimately, provide the best service for them.”

Lightbox Salon offers cuts, color, and highlights.

While Theobald and Reichard love providing a great cut, they specialize in color such as balayage and are Deva curl certified. Deva Curl is a three-step process designed for curly haired clients that is enriched with essential oils which helps to clean, hydrate and gives a style that leaves the frizz behind. Lightbox is big enough for three self-employed stylists and since it’s currently just Theobald and Reichard the prices vary between the two. A general cost for a women’s cut is $65, Men’s cut is $45, a color retouch is $85, an all over color is $125, a full highlight is $160, partial highlight is $125 and a balayage is $210.

With a simplistic, fresh and light-hearted approach, Theobald and Reichard have one motto: “Come as you are,” Theobald says. “It’s as simple as that.”

Lightbox Salon is located at 3423 Erie Ave. To book with Theobald, call or text 513-535-3083. To book with Reichard, call or text 937-286-1736. Prices vary depending on stylist and service. Learn more at https://www.lightboxsalon.com.

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Step back in time as we chat with the owner of a barber shop who’s been grooming local guys for the past five decades.

 

Mariemont Barber Shop offers old fashioned barbor shop visits.

Designed with tradition in mind, Mariemount Barber Shop, located at 6880 Wooster Pike, is offering some guy time the old fashion way. Renato Salzano, shop owner since 1975, has been cutting hair for 50 years. It’s safe to say he has seen it all in the hair care world.

With his brother being a barber, Salzano was able to tap into barber school easily. “It was totally by accident even though I would have found it on my own later on,” Salzano explained. “I graduated from high school in ’65 and everyone was leaving home early to go to California. I was going to go but I came from a traditional Italian family and couldn’t. My parents told me to go down and talk to the barber college. I wasn’t going to go, I did it to make my parents happy, but then I found out how much freedom I would have in this line of business. Salzano says after a few pictures, a physical and an eager salesman helping him out, he was on his way to his first day of barber school. “I love it and I can’t imagine doing anything else.” says Salzano.

Renato Salzano, Owner of the Mariemont Barber Shop

While Salzano says his experiences have taken him through every good and bad hair day a handful of times, he still keeps his techniques as traditional as they come. From straight razor cuts to traditional after shaves, Mariemount Barber Shop is making sure their customers get a classic finish. “We offer traditional cuts as well as beard trims and shaves,” Salzano explains. “We use bay rum, which is the oldest after shave that you can use; a tradition going way back when. Even though there are lots of different versions of it now, I like to stick to bay rum since we use a straight razor and disturb the skin a bit. Once you put the bay rum over the freshly shaved pores, it closes them and soothes it making them feel more relaxed.”

Mariemount Barber Shop is in the realm of a select few barber shops that still specialize in straight razor cuts with hot towels for relaxation and a scalp massage to top it off.  Even with a close-knit shop of four barbers including Salzano, he says they know people are more traditional now and they like to keep it that way. “We pride ourselves on doing guys stuff,” Salzano says. “We have a new beard oil by Suavecito that has been aged in whiskey barrels that gives off a whiskey aroma.”

If you’re looking to keep your beard in check when you’re out of reach of a good ol’ fashioned barber shop, Salzano recommends using a clipper, a shampoo that is PH balanced, a good beard oil and a brissel brush. However, if you’re in the market for a barber shop, Mariemount Barber Shop offers a businessman special that includes a cut and shave for $40, a clipper beard trim for $5 and a beard shape for $12.

“The great workers, Brian, Eugene, Tim and I have a ton of fun here,” Salanzo says. “We entertain everyone all day long and I couldn’t ever imagine not being in the barber shop scene.”

To book an appointment or to find out more about Mariemount Barber Shop, visit their website here.

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Learn about the brand new salon in OTR, offering blowouts, men's grooming, makeup application, wardrobe styling and bridal beauty.

 

AV Beauty Bar recently opened its doors in OTR and offers blowouts, men’s grooming, makeup application, wardrobe styling, and bridal beauty.

A love for the beauty industry and OTR is what brought AV Beauty Bar (AVBB) to life. Officially opened for business last week, they offer blowouts, men’s grooming, makeup application, wardrobe styling and bridal beauty.

Ariane Victoria — the visionary, stylist owner behind AVBB — having older sisters (and access to their beauty products and clothes) is what began her love for making people feel beautiful. “By the time I was in college,” Victoria explains, “I was managing a celebrity-owned salon by Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy full time, and working as a freelance beauty and wardrobe stylist. The rest is history.”

Victoria says after she moved back to Cincinnati in 2015, she started her business in Over-The-Rhine after seeing all the growth in the area. Victoria says her favorite thing about the beauty industry is that it’s always evolving with something. That, she says, is exactly what she’s bringing to OTR with AVBB.

While they focus on traditional salon offers such as haircuts, colors and blowouts, there are a few extracurriculars that the salon offers. “We specialize in airbrush makeup application and airbrush tanning as well,” says Victoria. “We also offer eyebrow threading and waxing. We also do wardrobe styling for commercial and personal clientele along with closet organization.”

AVBB also offers wardrobe styling services. “I have been working doing hair, makeup and wardrobe in Chicago, NYC, Nashville and L.A and I wanted to bring that training and experience back to Cincinnati and offer it to the general public,” Victoria explains. “I think our clientele come in for the quality of service we offer and for the overall energy of our space. We work really hard to make sure the Beauty Bar feels clean, calm and welcoming.”

They didn’t forget about the men, either. “We offer a men’s grooming service which includes a shampoo, cut and style and facial skincare,” Victoria says. “A men’s cut is $30.”

In addition, AVBB offers a specialized bridal and on-location division of the salon, which Victoria says is not only great for weddings, but also girls nights, school dances, or just for the experience.

The salon is located in Over The Rhine at 1408 Elm Street. For bookings and more information about AV Beauty Bar, visit http://www.avbeautybar.com.

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One local lady, who has experience with the biggest brand names in makeup, is launching her own NKY-based beauty studio. Read on for all the details.

 

Trina Paul, Owner of Pout Studio. Photo Credit: Pottinger Photography

Starting in Scottsdale, Trina Paul is now the makeup artist and owner of Pout Studio. She recently launched the business, which is located inside of a converted mansion at 821 York St. in Newport Kentucky.

Paul has decades of experience working with Prescriptive Cosmetics, Lancôme, Lorac, MAC, Estée Lauder, Bobbi Brown, T. LeClerk, Cle De Peau, Christian Dior, Tom Ford, Chanel, Laura Mercier, Gucci, Dolce Gabana, Guerlain, YSL in department stores such as Nordstrom, Nieman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Dillard’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel’s and Barney’s.

Paul says while she worked as a makeup artist in New York, she was with TV and film for five years. “I have worked on reality TV shows, talk shows, investigative news, fashion shows and with many celebrities.” Paul says.

Today, she’s the owner of the recently launched Pout Studio, which specializes in making women beautiful for anything from a wedding day to senior portraits, or even getting a little risqué for a boudoir shoot.

Since it’s wedding season, that means busy season for Paul. Her bridal pricing is as follows: For $185, The Bride package includes pre-wedding makeup, false lashes and your choice of airbrush or traditional style makeup. The Bridal Party package includes false lashes and airbrush foundation with an a la carte of $75 for the lashes and $20 for airbrush foundation.

Paul says after wedding season, she has makeup classes on the agenda. “We will be offering makeup classes which really turn into beauty parties,” Paul explains. “We tailor each one to the client’s needs. We have basic to master classes and everything in between. We have wine and light bites with a professional photographer to capture the fun. We will be launching this on our website in August for more details.”

With its historic ambiance and natural light, her studio is also a favorite destination for photographers. In fact, Paul says, there’s a waiting list to shoot there. Their main focus is, of course, her makeup application clients. Paul, and her friend Lindsey Bryan, accept clients by appointment only. “Once the appointment is made,” Paul says. “We can do it in the studio or wherever the clients want us.”

What makes Paul and Bryan different, Paul says, is that they realize makeup application is much deeper than just what goes on the skin. “We are both from the retail customer service world so we both understand how important it is to listen to the client and give them exactly what they want from beginning to end,” she says. “We make the client look beautiful but it’s more important to us that she also feels beautiful.”

To learn more, visit https://www.poutstudio.xyz.

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After a car accident left one local woman with a brain injury, she used her challenges and time off to launch a natural personal care product line. Read on for more.

Alexandria Armstrong, Founder of Curious Concoctions

“Now that I am slowly recovering and accepting my new self, I realize the importance of doing things that truly make me happy; and what makes me happy is to proudly and humbly, hand-make every concoction for you, and this is why I created Curious Concoctions.” Is what brought Alexandria Armstrong, founder of Curious Concoctions, to the beauty industry in 2016.

In 2016, Armstrong was involved in a car accident, which left her with a brain injury, not allowing her to return to her corporate job for a year. In that time, Armstrong says she became more aware of what she was putting into her body and on her skin.

After throwing out basically all of my products, I wanted to replace them with natural items that truly made me feel good in at least one way while still being affordable,” Armstrong explained. “I searched for awhile and found some good products, but nothing was giving me that unique experience I was in search of. After doing extensive research and experimenting, I realized that I could make what I was looking for and actually have fun doing it. I first wanted to create oils and balms because I knew there had to be a better solution to address my extra dry skin then what was available to me in stores. For many years, I thought it was normal to have to pump and scoop lotion more times in a day than I could count just to keep my skin from drying out. Now I realize that was not normal — it was madness.”

While Armstrong creates handmade soaps, lip balms, hair products, beard oils, charcoal and clay facial scrubs and more, she says her body balms are the biggest game changer. “They put the consumer in control of their moisturizing experience,” she says. “The balms allow you to moisturize your body without having to get the palms of your hands unnecessarily oily. This is especially helpful for keyboard users and those who don’t want to leave oil marks on a doorknob, etc. Many men and women I have had the pleasure of meeting along the way expressed the need for a product that soothes their extra dry skin. Unlike the lotions that are available on the mass market, my balms deliver long lasting moisture, preventing you from having to apply multiple times throughout the day. This is because they are anhydrous and made with exotic butters, oils and waxes.”

Even without a retail store, Armstrong is creating sales and interest daily. “Most of my sales are generated from trade shows which is great because it gives me and my team a chance to demonstrate product usage and meet new people while introducing them to a new experience,” Armstrong says. “Through the exposure at the trade shows, more sales are generated to support my online business. We also generate sales from personal events such as bridal showers and bachelorette parties.”

Armstrong says Curious Concoctions brings excitement and affordability to the table. Which is why she has an a la carte of $4 body balms, different scents of soaps for $5, assorted flavors of lip balms for $2, dry hair elixir for $7, charcoal and clay facial scrubs for $12 and beard oil for $15. With all of her affordable products comes a recommendation of transparency. “All of my ingredients are ones that the average consumer has either used, can pronounce, or at least heard of before—Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Mango Butter, etc— and I understand that natural products are not for everyone,” Armstrong says. “For many years, I did not really care what was natural or chemical laden. It’s a shift (not a change) that happens gradually, which is why I would encourage people to start with my body balms. The body balms are only a $4.00 investment, and with so many scents and combinations, there is one to suit everyone’s personality. It’s time to take control of your moisturizing experience and have a little fun while doing it.”

Armstrong will be setting up her concoctions on June 17 at the Clippard YMCA in Colerain from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and at the Green Lotus Fest at the Clifton Community Center Nov. 5 from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

To purchase items, or to find out more about Armstrong and Curious Concoctions, visit her website here.

 

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After family health scares inspired one local lady to go organic, she found a company that helped her take it to another level. Read on for all the details.

 

Organic, holistic health and natural beauty are just some of the many phrases Neal’s Yard Remedies (NYR) stands by.

Gina Jonson, team leader of NYR, started as a consultant in August 2016 and has loved what she does ever since. While NYR started in Covent Garden in central London, England, it has made its way to over 20 different countries, including the U.S.

While having an all organic and natural beauty product is inviting enough, Jonson says there are many other unique prospects. “Certified by USDA for Organic products,” Jonson explains. “But even more impressive, is the certification by the Soil Association- which has much stricter guidelines. They are also UK’s first certified organic health and beauty company, the first main street retailer to sell certified organic essential oils, the world’s first health and beauty brand to be awarded 100 out of 100 for ethics in an independent audit by The Ethical Company Organization and the world’s first company to produce Soil Association makeup.”

Gina Johnson of NYR Organic

NYR stores aren’t currently in the U.S., but if you are planning any future travels, England, Japan and Dubai have brick-and-mortar stores. “We have independent sales consultants here in the U.S., who share the products with their customers either in home, one-on-one, online, or through various events, Jonson explains. “We do have certified holistic practitioners, massage therapists, aroma therapists, doctors, chiropractic doctors, yoga studios and many more associated with NYR Organic as well. They have joined as consultants and share the products with their clients. Some join just for the high quality organic essential oils and others want to embrace the entire line and offer their customers a head-to-toe experience, like I do.”

While Jonson says there is a lot to love about NYR, she has a few reasons why these products are the first products she will go for. “NYR Organic has done all of the research for me,” Jonson says. “I know when I use the products, they are certified and trusted. I know I’m using products that carry the Soil Association’s stamp of approval, and that NYR Organic had to meet all of their criteria before receiving. I trust and know that my products carry the cruelty free bunny logo, so no animals have ever been tested on or used in research, ever. I am proud to put my name behind a company with such accomplishments as NYR Organic. Receiving award after award for their brand and specific products, the list truly is endless. I only have to turn my catalog over to the back page to see just some of those prestigious awards; it makes my heart smile.”

Jonson will be at the Hanover Winery May 26-28 hosting an event for NYR, and says she hopes to work with Cincy Chic for upcoming events. “I always offer one-on-one consultations, business and office lunch N’ learns, personal health seminars for staff and clients, in-home wellness, aromatherapy parties and of course, all of our products are available on my website every day.”

Jonson says the month of May NYR is running a special. When you purchase one of the diffusers, you will receive one of NYR’s new essential oils, citronella. “Perfect for summer parties, get together’s and outdoor events. Plus it’s an energizing oil too with a clean, great scent.” Jonson explains.

To find out more about NYR or to purchase their products, you can visit their website here.

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A quickly growing company, focused on non-toxic products for the body and home, is opening a new headquarters in Cincinnati. Learn about their upcoming events to celebrate.

 

Jessica Hodson is a Columbus-based consultant for Pure Haven Essentials.

“What we put on our body is as important, or more important, as what we put in our body.” That’s what brought Jessica Hodson to Pure Haven Essentials as a Columbus-based independent consultant.

She’s since worked her way up through the company, which started as a mom-and-pop small business in Rhode Island, focusing on toxin-free products for the body and home. Today, it boasts hundreds of consultants throughout the United States, but Hodson says they’re preparing for even more growth by strategically opening a headquarters in Cincinnati.

“It has grown so much, and we were able to transition into what we like to call a ‘legit business,’” Hodson explains. “We have so much space to add people, and there are whole states where we don’t have leadership or consultants yet.”

Hodson says many factors weighed into the new Cincinnati headquarters. “We chose Cincinnati because we have a lot of consultants in Columbus, and that’s one of the places we have a lot of leaders,” she explains. “There are three of us, who are top leaders in the company, who aren’t even on the same team, but are really passionate about the health message. So, we decided to partner together and come down to Cincinnati, and start sharing about our company, products, and business opportunity.”

Hodson, Christy Pence and Miranda Inglis of Pure Haven Essentials – all currently based in Columbus — are making their way to the Greater Cincinnati area to set up their new headquarters, which will house their corporate staff. “We’re going to open up a second home office in Cincinnati because it’s booming here, and so much is developing,” Hodson says. “The new home office is going to be opening in September, in the Liberty Township area. It’s really exciting because it’s going to offer a new space for the Pure Haven community to come together and educate on non-toxic living.”

While the new office doesn’t make their grand opening debut until September, they are scheduling events in May and June to connect with the community and spread the message. “We really want to rally the community together,” says Hodson. “We’re coming down on Friday nights and Saturday mornings, and offer a Friday night food for thought, where we just talk, engage with the community, and talk about what it means to be toxic free.”

The events feature complimentary refreshments and learning experiences. “On Saturdays, it’s more of a formal gathering, where we bring gifts for everyone, offer food and beverages, and share our toxic free message,” Hodson explains. “We also talk about how to read labels, and just connect with the community.”

On Saturday May 6, at 9:30 a.m. Hodson, Pence and Inglis will host an event at Essencha Tea House and Fine Teas in Oakley Cincinnati, on Madison Rd. to talk about how to live toxic free, how to make your own essential oil blend, and talk about health information. “May 19 and 20 we will be back in Cincinnati for another event, and again on June 16 and 17,” Hodson says. “They will be on Fridays 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday mornings 9:30 a.m. and the meetings usually last about an hour and a half to two hours. Both events will be gathering events where we connect with the community more, and educate everyone on why it’s important.”

To learn more about Pure Haven Essentials, click here.

 

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Microblading is taking the nation - and Tri-State - by storm. Learn about the local expert providing services to Dayton and Cincinnati’s northern neighborhoods.

 

Erica Kidder at Dayton Microblading offers microblading services for your eyebrows.

Erica Kidder, who has worked in the beauty industry since 2008, has focused on hair, waxing, and event style hair do’s. But now, Kidder is shifting her focus, and is making women all over the Tri-State feel beautiful and empowered.

Kidder started in 2008 at Square One Salon and Spa, in Centerville, Ohio, and has since expanded her horizons. Keeping up with all the new beauty trends, Kidder has decided to open a salon of her own, that holds a focus on microblading as early as May 2. “After five years, I left to explore a career as a small business owner- the past three years I’ve worked within Salon Lofts. Last year, my passion for the industry expanded into permanent makeup, and with the addition of microblading, I quickly outgrew my loft. I made the decision to focus almost exclusively on microblading and I am now leaving Salon Lofts and opening my first salon.”

Microblading is a newer concept, which is rapidly making its debut to the greater Cincinnati area. “When I discovered microblading, it was only popular in bigger cities,” explains Kidder. “I knew it was only a matter of time before it reached the Midwest. The service fascinated me. I love that there is an alternative to traditional permanent makeup, that typically leaves clients with a solid filled in eyebrow. Microblading offers the most natural result.”

Erica Kidder of Dayton Microblading

When someone talks about microblading, it can come off as a foreign concept. Microblading in short, is a non-permanent tattoo that fills and adds shape to one’s eyebrow, and Kidder understands just how important eyebrows are to women. “This luxury of a permanent makeup service replicates hair strokes in the eyebrow, creating fullness, definition and balance,” explains Kidder. “While microblading is deemed ‘semi-permanent,’ it is still in the ‘tattoo’ family. Due to the pigment being placed under the skin more superficially than a traditional tattoo, naturally it fades faster. Fading is considered a positive characteristic in microblading, as it allows for updates in shape, color and provides the ability to work with changes in aging skin.”

During a microblading appointment, Kidder says, you can expect to spend up to three hours at your initial appointment. During the first part of this session, she collaborates on a shape that is perfect for you. “We will take time to choose the appropriate pigment color based on your skin tone, and existing brow hair,” she says. “Once you approve your template, we will outline the brow and then provide anesthetics for comfort.”

The microblading is done with a small hand tool with sterile, disposable needles to implant pigment into the skin. The second appointment, which is included in the package price, will take place no sooner than four weeks of your initial appointment, and no later than 12 weeks after. “This is a touch up appointment and is absolutely imperative to your results,” Kidder says. “Without it, your results will not be optimal, as the service is only half done. The touch up corrects any irregularities in the microbladed hair strokes and it finishes the process.”

Since this new concept can generate many questions for the client, Kidder offers one-on-one consultations for $25. “During a consultation, I will cover every question a guest has, but most importantly I address expectations,” says Kidder. “We will talk shape, color, healing, pre-and post care, etc.”

Since microblading isn’t a permanent tattoo, it does require regular touch ups, fill ins, and a bit of TLC from the client after the session is finished. “For a tattoo,” says Kidder. “A machine is used to implant the pigment deep into the skin, versus microblading, a disposable manual hand tool with sterile one-time use needles is used to deposit pigment into the upper dermal layer of the skin. This superficial placement allows for natural fading with the exfoliation of skin.”

Depending on skin type, lifestyle, aftercare, and environmental factors, every guest will retain pigment differently, according to Kidder. For example, she says, if you have oily skin, you are a smoker, or you swim, or tan regularly, you will require more touch ups. “Some guests however will require more sessions without any of these factors applying to them,” she adds. “If you want to maintain your brow, you must touch them up. They are designed to fade. Yearly touch ups are typical, and are $250. I offer a ‘perfecting session’ for guests who want to supplement their initial two appointments for $150. If you don’t need a third visit, a yearly touch up is sufficient.”

Kidder has an appreciation for microblading for many reasons, but her favorite is the empowerment the women have when they leave her salon. “Having the power to improve someone’s self-confidence is by far the most rewarding part of microblading,” says Kidder. “At the end of every service when I show my guest their new brows, I feel overwhelmed with the same amount of joy that they do. It’s truly incredible to see someone smile ear to ear because of something you did. Last October, breast cancer awareness month, I had a very eye opening experience. I chose to do a giveaway on social media for breast cancer survivors who lost their brow hair due to treatment. I chose four winners during the month. The time I was able to spend with each survivor was incredible, and it proved to me that microblading is so much more than aesthetic. It’s life changing. To give back a part of someone’s womanhood is truly a humbling experience. To this day, I still think about how thankful I am to be able to add to their stories.”

Kidder says she is thankful for her business growing quicker than she can keep up with, as she is booking clients into August. “I’m happy to see this service is gaining exposure.” says Kidder. Currently, Kidder is with Salon Lofts in Washington Park Plaza, and her microblading sessions are $500. Her first available opening is at the end of July.

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