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Inspired by Aveda products and its fresh new location, a local salon is giving clients a new kind of experience full of sustainable style.

Benefit Salon offers a variety of hair services with a new customer experience.

At Benefit Salon, relaxation comes in the form of light and lush greenery in a peaceful setting. The salon is the dream of Jocelyn Palmer, a passionate beauty industry veteran who is focused on training and education, as well as sustainability.

“Benefit Salon is a welcoming retreat where you will find a dedicated and talented team of women drive to help you look and feel your best,” says Palmer.

Palmer, who is a lover of Aveda products, says she loves working with and developing her team while also being a full-time mom to daughter Florencia.

The inspiration behind Benefit Salon comes from years of experience and the desire to stay connected to what is going on in the industry and fashion world.

“I am also driven by sustainability and being conscious about our environment,” she says. “The product line Aveda is so much more than just a brand. It is the driver for my company. I believe beauty is as beauty does.”

There are a range of hair services available at Benefit Salon, including cutting, coloring, keratin treatments, and Bellami hair extensions in addition to facial waxing.

“With each service we also offer a complimentary mini facial or hot towel with their conditioner,” adds Palmer.

The team at Benefit Salon is comprised of women who define the space’s relaxing and laid back, yet highly focused culture.

“We put a tremendous amount of emphasis on education, grooming new talent, and constantly improving our skills,” says Palmer. “We recently cut back on an extended range of services to focus exclusively on hair and providing the best service experiences possible.”

Benefit Salon recently moved into a new space that features arched windows and plenty of natural light.

“My husband and I completely renovated the space to be a reflection of our salon culture and the Aveda values,” says Palmer. “It was a ton of work gutting out the old, opening up walls, and refinishing every surface. We tried to use materials and elements from the original history of the space and neighborhood; it used to be a pharmacy and a grocery store in the 1940s.”

Palmer says she will be traveling to New York City in July to complete a Vidal Sassoon course in advanced cutting techniques. Then, in October, the salon is hosting Bellami to train the team and other salon professionals on advanced hair extension education.

“We are always seeking something to spark passion inside us for growth,” she adds.

You can learn more about Benefit Salon on their website, but Palmer says it’s easiest to stay up to date on salon happenings via Instagram.

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A fourth-generation family business makes cold-processed goats milk bath and body products. Learn more about the local farm and their upcoming event for a peek inside!

Becky Jones and her sister Martha Enriquez know what it takes to run a business. After all they are part of a 4th-generation family farm in Batavia called Pine Lane Farm, also home to Pine Lane Soaps.

“We make cold-processed goats milk soap, lotions, lip balms, shaving soaps, and related items,” says Jones.

The farm has been in the family since 1959, where they’ve raised hogs, horses, cattle, sheep, poultry, and dairy goats.

The soaps created by Pine Lane are made from scratch using milk from the goats raised on the farm. “We love creating a natural product made ‘from scratch’ using milk from our goats in our 150+ year old farmhouse,” adds Jones.

The two sisters create the soaps alongside their mother, Patty Fix. Together, the three of them have a long history in caring for farm animals, including goats.

The soap made from goats’ milk is about 5 ounces per bar and comes in several scents including lavender, lemongrass, honeysuckles, and more.

“Both essential oils and fragrance oils are used for scents,” says Jones. “We also make goat milk lotion, shaving soap, lip balm, shampoo bars, and puppy suds. The soaps have no detergents, preservatives, or sudsing agents.”

Although their focus is on soaps, Jones emphasizes that Pine Lane Soaps is not just a soap company.

“All of the women behind it have a background in Education and love sharing our agricultural business with the community,” says Jones. “Partnerships  with Look to Clermont Leadership, Clermont County Extension Service, Uzima Outreach and many others have enabled hundreds of families to get an opportunity to visit the farm.  We use top quality oils in our soaps and offer them in the Greater Cincinnati area at a fair price. Profits from soap sales goes strictly to maintain the dairy goat herd and provide occasional improvements.”

Jones says the family is looking forward to the start of their 10th season with the Montgomery Farmers Market this spring, as well as a few fall holiday craft shows. Pine Lane Soaps products are available at retail locations throughout Greater Cincinnati.

You can learn more about Pine Lane Soaps at www.pinelanesoaps.com or follow along on Facebook. Jones adds that Pine Lane Farm is hosting an open house/farm visit on June 22. To learn more about the event, call 513-260-4352.

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Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound’s new Northern Kentucky location is hosting a Mother’s Day Spa Night. Read on for all the details!

Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound is hosting a Mother’s Day Spa Night on May 9 at its new Northern Kentucky location.

The newly opened Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound location in Florence is ready to give moms an early Mother’s Day treat.

The new Florence store will host a “Mother’s Day Spa Night” Thursday, May 9, from 5-8 pm. It will feature complimentary refreshments, light bites, mini spa services, tours through the new space, swag bags, prizes, and specials. The complimentary mini services include nail polish changes, eco-fin hand treatments, back massages, eye treatments, and heartbeat keepsakes.

“We’re excited to be able to give moms and moms-to-be the chance to hang out with friends and celebrate Mother’s Day a little early,” says Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound Owner Jim Walker. “We know that all the women in our lives could use a little pampering and this is the perfect opportunity to show them just how important they are to us.”

Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound offers 3D and 4D ultrasounds, including early gender determination ultrasounds, as well as a spa featuring prenatal certified technicians, using products that are safe for baby and mom. The new location is the company’s second store, with its original location in Mason. 

“The event is to not only celebrate moms but to also give customers a chance to see inside Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound to see what we do as you go through your journey from mom-to-be to mom,” says Walker.

The Northern Kentucky location for Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound is located at 7715 Mall Road in Florence, next to Old Navy.

You can RSVP for the upcoming Mother’s Day Spa Night here. Learn more about Becoming Mom at www.becomingmomspa.com or follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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See how a local esthetician, with nearly two decades of experience, enhances natural beauty through cosmetic tattoo artistry and specializes in brows.

 

Libby Stocks has been in the cosmetic tattoo artistry business for nearly 17 years. As the founder of Libby Stocks Cosmetic Tattoo Artist, she offers eyebrows, eyeliner, lips, and scalp micropigmentation.

 

“I enhance natural beauty through cosmetic tattooing,” she says.

 

Stocks got into the beauty industry when she started esthetics school after graduating from Xavier University.

 

“I have always had a love for pretty skin and good products,” she says. “I began working in medical skincare in a plastic surgeon’s offices in Naples, Florida, in the late 90s. I moved back to Cincinnati and continued working in a plastic surgery center where I learned to tattoo.”

 

According to Stocks, cosmetic tattooing has evolved over the years. From pigments to machines and techniques, a lot of things have improved. For Stocks, she says her favorite is creating a soft and natural look.

 

Brows are a specialty for Stocks. She offers eyebrows for $600 for the initial session and follow-up session 6 weeks later.

 

“It’s a two-step process and I always tattoo conservatively the first session,” she says. “It is best to add more at the second appointment.”

 

You can visit Stocks for cosmetic tattooing at her private studio near Lunken Airport.

 

Stocks will soon graduate from nursing school in May and start a new journey as a cosmetic nurse injector.

 

To learn more about Stocks, visit here. She’s also on Facebook and Instagram.

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Damaged, brittle hair that is prone to breakage and hair loss can cause anyone to get worried. If your hair seems weak or if you’ve been losing a lot of it, you may need to step up your hair care game. Here are a few tips on how you can improve your habits and strengthen your hair:

 

Style Carefully 

Styling your hair makes your look neat, presentable, and put together. However, constant styling, especially with heated tools like blow dryers and flat irons, can take a toll on your hair. If you aren’t careful to prep your hair before styling, you could damage your hair and cause it to become brittle and prone to breakage.

 

Protect your hair before using heated tools by applying a heat protectant spray or serum, or consider using accessories like hair extensions to quickly change your hairstyle without putting a lot of stress on your hair. You can shop high quality hair extensions at https://truegloryhair.com.

 

When shopping for hair extensions, look for bundles from trusted and reputable companies like True Glory Hair. Their hair extensions are well made and feature real virgin hair, so they are durable and look and feel realistic. True Glory Hair offers a wide range of Brazilian and Indian hair extensions, with different lengths and styles including wavy, straight, and curly, so you can find a hair bundle that matches your natural hair exactly.

 

These high quality hair extensions can last years with proper care and maintenance, making them a great invest for anyone who likes experimenting with different hairstyles and changing up their look.

 

Condition Regularly 

Most people shampoo regularly to keep their scalp and hair clean and fresh, but you might be surprised to learn that not everyone regularly conditions their hair. Conditioner keeps your hair healthy and strong by moisturizing and protecting it.

 

Conditioning your hair regularly is a must, especially if you have curly or textured hair, as these types tend to dry out easily. The best way to condition your hair is to apply the product to damp—not dripping wet—hair and working it evenly through your strands using your fingers. Work in sections, giving extra attention to hard to reach areas, and rinse well until you no longer feel any slippery residue on your hair strands.

 

Apply Natural Oils

Natural oils like coconut, jojoba, olive, and argan oil can do wonders to keep your hair looking healthy, shiny and bouncy. They can also help strengthen your hair by nourishing it and making it less prone to breakage and hair fall. If you have curly or textured hair, regularly applying a natural oil can keep it from becoming frizzy and brittle, so it won’t break easily.

 

Get the Right Nutrients

What you eat and put into your body plays a big part in keeping your hair healthy and strong. Make sure you’re getting all the right nutrients and vitamins for optimum hair health. Getting the right nutrients will not only strengthen your hair, but it will also benefit your skin and nails as well.

 

The best vitamins and nutrients for strong, healthy hair are Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, iron, zinc, and biotin. These can all be found in fresh fruits and vegetables, fish and nuts. If you feel you’re not getting enough of these nutrients from the food you eat, you may consider taking supplements.

 

Follow these tips consistently, and you should soon notice an improvement in the condition of your hair. With proper hair care and maintenance, you’ll have strong, healthy hair in no time.

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Tired of the same old, same old at the salon? Learn about a concept that puts you AND your salon professional at the top of their priority list.

The history of Phenix Salon Suites dates back to 2007 in Colorado Springs. Since then, the business has popped up across the country and was even featured on Undercover Boss. Today, there’s a location in Cincinnati that offers its salon services to customers.

“Phenix Salon Suites has been the industry standard of salon suite concepts in the United States,” says Cincinnati Owner Sheri Hardesty. “We have more than 80 years of professional salon expertise, a family culture, and strong work ethics, which are the foundation of Phenix Salon Suites.

Since its initial launch in 2007, Phenix Salon Suites has gone from a single suite to multiple locations throughout the United States as well as the United Kingdom.

The company’s founder Gina River has a background in the salon industry.

“Her parents owned a small salon where she and her sister spent a great deal of time,” explains Hardesty. “After high school, Gina went on to become a licensed hairdresser.”

It was during maternity leave that Gina decided to open a salon of her own. However, she wanted to present a new concept to the hair industry – a space that allowed salon professionals to own and operate their own salon without the daunting financial commitment and facility management hassles that are typically associated with owning a salon.

At Phenix Salon Suites, there are two customers – the salon professionals and their clients.

Hardesty says that salon professionals are given access to an upscale facility that has no hidden costs while offering high quality and well-designed suites.

“This includes floor-to-ceiling walls and individual temperature controls to allow the salon professional to create the best environment for them and their clients,” says Hardesty. “For their clients, they are provided a wide array of salon professionals under one roof – hair stylists, barbers, nail technicians, massage therapists, microblading, lash extensions, and facials are all available.”

Hardesty says that what sets Phenix Salon Suites apart from other salon suite companies is its dedication to salon professionals first.

“We put our salon professionals first in everything we do – including making it easy for them to get started owning their own business by offering month-to-month contracts, maternity leave, and medical leave, which are all rare in the salon suite industry,” explains Hardesty. “We even hold an annual Phenix Family Reunion to give our salon professionals access to excellent raining, exposure to new ideas and industry trends, and time to reconnect and recharge through fun events for three days in Vegas.”

To check out Phenix Salon Suites for yourself, visit them at 3974 Red Bank Road, Suite C, in Cincinnati. You can also check our their website.

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A nationally-recognized skincare spa recently expanded to launch the first advanced esthetic school in the Midwest. Read on for more.

 

After running several Skin Perfect Med Spa locations across Central Ohio and Florida, Jaclyn Peresetsky recently launched Skin Perfect University as the first advanced esthetic school in the Midwest. Peresetsky says Skin Perfect University aims to build on its connections in the beauty industry to help those interested in the field pursue their passion.

Jaclyn Peresetsky, founder of Skin Perfect University

According to Peresetsky, the recent Med Spa boom across the region encouraged her to raise the bar across the field of esthetics and share her knowledge with those who want to invest in themselves and further their education and career. “Our school meets the education level professionals need to be successful doing skincare treatments in a Med spa,” she adds.

Classes offered through Skin Perfect University include advanced esthetic, makeup, and color classes, including brows and lashes. The length of each class ranges from 1-5 days for professionals who already have an Esthetician, cosmetologist, or nursing license.

“We use an immersion training technique in which the attendee is immersed in the subject from theory to hands-on to really secure the new skill and knowledge,” she adds.

Tuition for the classes ranges from $500 to $5,000, depending on the course as well as its duration.

Skin Perfect University is located at 725 Buckles Ct. in Gahanna, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio.

You can review available classes and course descriptions here. On the website you’ll find new class dates as they are scheduled. You can also follow along with Skin Perfect University on Instagram and Facebook.

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P&G launched a new campaign called “All Strength, No Sweat” for Secret, featuring several local women. Read on for all the details.

Secret launched a new campaign featuring local women and is encouraging others to share their stories of strength. Image: Outside Magazine

When it comes to its deodorant, Secret is all about transparency. From its invisible solids to the barrier-breaking stories it shares of women across the country, P&G is starting a new campaign called “All Strength, No Sweat.”

According to Secret Associate Brand Director Sara Saunders, “The ‘Women’s World’ ad, which is a part of this campaign, highlights the stories of real women who are challenging the status quo. Secret is also calling on all women nationwide to share their best ‘All Strength, No Sweat’ stories via instagram for a chance to be featured on Secret’s social channels.”

Seven Cincinnati locals – including a chef, musician, brewer, dance instructor and more – were featured in the campaign. According to Saunders, these seven local women not only embody the campaign’s message of chasing their dreams, but are also diverse in their strength.

“We were so inspired by their stories and are excited to continue highlighting barrier-breaking women across the country, in Cincinnati and beyond,” says Saunders.

Just as Secret aims to do in its other campaigns, the “All Strength, No Sweat” campaign wants to inspire all women to stand up and take pride in their strength.

“This campaign will continue to highlight women who are bold and take on high-stress moments without resistance,” says Saunders. “This can be seen through our latest partnership with the US Women’s National Soccer Team where we highlight the ‘All Strength, No Sweat’ moments the players exhibit both on and off the field.”

The campaign itself launched on February 13 and the nationwide casting call is open until June 30, so there is still time for fans to get involved.

You can learn more about joining Secret’s #AllStrengthNoSweat story-sharing movement by viewing the official contest guidelines here.

View the full details on the campaign here and follow on social at #AllStrengthNoSweat.

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Having thick healthy hair where you want it, and removing it where you don’t, can be a hairy situation. We chat with local experts about the latest and greatest techniques.

Wolf Medical offers laser hair removal and hair restoration services.

Hair — there’s usually more of it in the places you don’t want, and less where you do.

That’s where Wolf Medical can help. This Mason-based, privately-owned medical clinic offers surgical and non-surgical solutions to hair loss and also laser hair removal. The practice is owned by Dr. Bradley Wolf, a physician with nearly 30 years experience in hair-related fields.

“Wolf Medical is in business to help people,” says Christee Osadchy Patient and Public Relations Specialist at Wolf Enterprises. “We offer an array of options and answers that we provide to people who suffer from hair loss, as well as those looking for hair removal.”

Osadchy says that while hair loss may seem trivial to some, to others, it can have a significant impact on their quality of life. Because of this, according to Osadchy, Wolf Medical works individually with each patient to to provide the education they need to make informed decisions for them.

“We take pride in helping our patients regain confidence and achieve their hair goals,” adds Osadchy.

Dr. Wolf has practiced surgical hair restoration since 1990 and is currently the co-editor of the International Society of Hair Restoration. Working alongside him is in-house laser technician Kelly Ott-Statzer. According to Osadchy, Ott-Statzer is a state-licensed cosmetic therapist who has been in practice for almost five years.

“Wolf Medical is proud to have her as our laser technician, she is professional, passionate, and knowledgeable when it comes to her work and patients,” Osadchy says.

What’s unique about Wolf Medical’s laser hair services, Osadchy says, is that patients pay by the session rather than by the package. When asked why, Osadchy says that it’s because they recognize the importance of customization.

“Each patient has their own goals they wish to achieve, so a treatment plan will be designed specifically for each patients,” she explains. “We believe in up-front pricing and only paying for services you receive.”

And to help you determine the number of sessions you may need for treatments such as laser hair removal, Osadchy says that consultations are done directly with Dr. Wolf or Ott-Statzer.

Osadchy says that adding laser hair removal to the list of services offered at Wolf Medical have been popular among patients. “The burden it takes off our patients’ shoulders to not have to shave daily or wax regularly has been a great one,” she says. “Our patients are very happy with their results.”

Patients have also increased their requests for a surgical hair restoration procedure called FUE. “This is a technique that uses a small punch to extract the follicular units (grafts) that are to be transplanted,” explains Osadchy. “The popularity of FUE has grown due to its minimally invasive nature in the way hair follicles are removed.”

There’s a new treatment offered at Wolf Medical called Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP). “PRP is a non-surgical treatment option,” says Osadchy. “We have seen success with increased hair density in patients that have received PRP.”

Wolf Medical is located at 11877 Mason Road in Cincinnati. To book an appointment or consultation over the phone, call 513-774-0400.

To learn more about Wolf Medical, visit their website. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram. Watch as our Editor-in-Chic shares a review about why she chose Wolf Medical for her laser hair removal.

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Aiming to simplify self-care, The Spa at 21c’s new subscription includes services at the spa and products to your door!

The Spa at 21c wants to revolutionize your spa experience with its new subscription.

“Coined, The Serene Routine, this subscription is different than the normal subscription box,” explains Natasha Burns, Spa Manager at The Spa at 21c. “The Serene Routine was created to inspire self-care and give guests a plan to combat the season’s harsh effects. We know that it can be difficult to keep up with all the things you should be doing to keep healthy, so the team responded with a way to integrate the spa with its guests in a routine that they will actually want to follow.”

The Serene Routine offers multiple ephemeral touchpoints to inspire wellness and beauty, even at home.

The experience of the subscription starts with a customized box, which Burns says is sent out each season and offers a corresponding service with plenty of other goodies inside.

“In true concierge fashion, the team at the Spa at 21c will lead you along the way with scheduling your appointments and arrange delivery of each season’s wellness box,” she adds.

There are four total subscription boxes included in The Serene Routine: winter, spring, summer, and fall, which correspond with the spa services included in the subscription itself.

The Winter Box includes AromaTouch ritual, a therapeutic wonder designed to ease pain that drops oils directly onto the spine and creates the sensation of warm raindrops falling onto the skin. Also included in the box is a doTERRA aromatouch essential oil, Tasha & Co scrub, and a 21c robe.

The Spring box features a peel-lactic or alpha beta, which are made to fight the signs of aging with the combination of lactic and salicylic acids.

“It also includes a District 79 candle, Circadia Post Peel Balm, and Blueberry & White tea hydrating mist,” adds Burns.

The Summer box includes a 21c manicure and pedicure, a Dazzle Dry polish kit, Tash & Co massage cream, and a book for summer reading, all of which would pair well with an express massage.

Then there’s the Fall box, which includes a body mask and wrap to bring the skin and mind a renewed season of blissfulness. Also in the box is a Tasha & Co argan hair oil, Tasha & Co bath fizz, and a Circadia Amendola Milk Cleanser.

All of the boxes have seasonal service offerings that are designed to take your visit to the next level, with upgrade options such as 30-minute scrubs, 21c’s Signature Glow Facial, express massages, or express facials.

The spa subscription is $840 per year, or billed at $70 per month. “The products are guaranteed to have a seal of approval from the Spa at 21c, meaning that time and efforts are actually saved and spa-lovers can focus on what matters most: taking their relaxation to the next level,” adds Burns.

Boxes include 20% off spa services, private access to the cocktail terrace during spa and business hours, 15% off food and non-alcoholic beverages at 21c’s award-winning restaurant Metropole, and 15% off hotel rooms (based on availability).

You can learn more about the Spa at 21c by calling 513-578-6601. There they can guide you through the spa subscription details.