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Specializing in eyelash extensions, microblading, brow sculpture, lash lifts and more, you can look and feel better after a visit at this upscale eyelash boutique in Crescent Springs.

Jamie Hils of The Lash Boutique wants to make women look and feel better. 

“We want to create effortless beauty for all of our clients,” she says.

The Lash Boutique is an upscale eyelash salon specializing in eyelash extensions, airbrush tanning, microblading, brow sculpture, lash lift and tint and more. 

“We are proud to be Kentucky’s first lash focused salon,” says Hils. “We are dedicated to giving you the highest standards and quality available in the beauty industry. We are also a Bella Lash Training Facility and offer Lash Certification.”

Hils first opened her doors in 2014 after spending years in the beauty industry and after having built up her lash clientele. 

“I am a licensed esthetician in both Ohio and Kentucky. I’m also a Certified Lash Educator for Bella Lash,” she says. “My beautiful clients, my ambitious team, and my loving friends and family are my heart and soul. My four children also motivate me to keep going.”

There are a variety of different lash styles available when you visit The Lash Boutique from very natural to very dramatic, and everything in between.

“Using only the best, long-lasting, medical-grade adhesives and lashes, we can customize a look that’s perfect for your lifestyle and suited for your eye shape,” she says. “We also offer lash lifts for those who may not be a good candidate for extensions.”

Lashes at The Lash Boutique range from $75 to $200 depending on the look you’re going for. Fill-ins range from $40-$65.

Hils says that what makes The Lash Boutique unique is that every appointment is like a super fun hangout with one of your best friends. Only, you walk away with amazing lashes,” she says. “We truly love our clients and the majority of them turn into our friends.” 

Hils says The Lash Boutique will soon offer new services including brown lamination, and on the training side of things, will be offering lash lift and tint certification. 

The Lash Boutique is located at 562 Buttermilk Pike, Suite D, in Crescent Springs, Kentucky, in the same plaza as Bonefish Grill.

To learn more about The Lash Boutique, visit You can also stay up-to-date on Facebook and Instagram.

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After COVID-19 left her out of a job, a local creative launched a business focused on providing customers with luxury, handcrafted skincare products. Click to read more.

Boujee Bar Skincare uses high-quality ingredients to create relaxing, luxurious skin care products.

Havilah Asher has a passion for creating quality products that embody relaxation, luxury, and natural beautification, so launching her own skin care company only made sense. 

Asher is the founder behind Boujee Bar Skincare, a plant-based company that specializes in handcrafted luxe skin care products.

“We are passionate about self-care and make our products with the intention to not only moisturize the skin but to uplift the spirit as well,” says Asher. “Our offerings range from moisturizing soaps, silky butters, and revitalizing scrubs, which, combined, create an impactful skin care regimen.”

The inspiration behind Boujee Bar Skincare comes from a passion for researching quality ingredients that help users relax while enjoying luxurious, natural beauty products.

“Each collection, soap, scrub, and butter, revolves around an essential herb or highlighted essential oil blend,” says Asher. “Raw natural shea butter is one of our key ingredients because of its ability to lock, seal, and protect the skin. Our shea butter is sourced from West Africa where the grade is dense, making is perfect for moisturization. We also incorporate other rich oils such as black seed oil, jojoba, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, and organic coconut. Our moisturizing soaps can take up to 4-6 weeks to make in order to get a pure bar. The cold press processes are important to achieve the company’s standard.”

Asher doesn’t skimp on the oils, she only uses oils that are infused with herbs and botanicals. 

Havilah Asher, Founder of Boujee Bar Skincare

“We grow our own lavender, rosemary, and mint,” says Asher. “The process can take anywhere between days, weeks, or months. Our scrubs go through a two-day process to create its luxurious, revitalizing feel.”

The scents from Boujee Bar Skincare are unique and vital to the brand. “We use the same technique in the perfume process to create our unique essential oil blends for our products,” she explains. “The goal is to create a natural, long-lasting scent with no alcohol. Each essential oil is selected based on its impact and fragrance potency. We try to make our products beautiful in every sense. We decorate our soaps with botanicals and use natural clays or powders for color.”

Asher says the reward is when people tell her how much they love the soaps and the improvements it has made on their skin. “When you find enjoyment in skincare or self-care, it becomes less of a routine and instead a sacred ritual,” she adds.

Asher herself is a Cincinnati native and a self-described “quintessential independent creative.” 

She says that she turned her own love and skincare regimen into something that she can share with others. 

Her history with soaping started two years ago while shew as working at a commercial firm. At a time when she was frequently coming home stressed out, she saw the impact it was having on her skin in addition to her issues with eczema and dryness. 

“Soaping allowed me to create my own stress relief,” she says. “It evolved into a passion for crafting, oils, and ingredients.”

Asher launchd her business just a month prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. “When I lost my job due to layoffs, I was secretly devastated,” she says. “That propelled me to finally create something for myself.”

And the hard work paid off. Today, Asher is the founder and CEO of her own company and finds joy in helping others find a skincare regimen that works for them.

When you shop Boujee Bar Skincare, you’ll find a variety of skin care products including soaps, butters, scrubs, gift sets, and body collections. Shipping is available online across the country and Saturday deliveries are available as well.

Asher says she’s looking forward to the year with Boujee Bar Skincare. She will showcase a featured collection each month to give customers the opportunity to look forward to trying something new. 

The month of January features the Polish Gold Collection. “This collection was designed to clean, smooth, and polish the skin,” says Asher. 

She’s also on the lookout for brand ambassadors who value natural, handcrafted, luxury items.

To learn more about Boujee Bar Skincare, visit You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram

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One of Cincinnati’s very own has been named a top small business owner in the state. Learn more about her and how she’s adapting in a changing industry.

Nestled among the streets of Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine is Spruce Nail Shop, a neighborhood nail salon specializing in manicures, pedicures, and skin care services.

The owner behind the shop is Molly Nagle, who also works in the nail salon as a nail tech and nail artist. Also behind the scenes of the business is a team of managers, front desk coordinators, nail technicians, nail artists, and estheticians. 

Spruce Nail Shop will celebrate its five year anniversary in February, thanks in large part to its unique concept of focusing on non-toxic products and services that are good for you.

“We carefully choose products that are free of toxic materials and we select our services based on research for what is best for your nail and skin health,” says Nagle. “The foundation of our business is based on having Good. Clean. Fun. – both for our clients and employees.”

The mission behind Spruce Nail Shop is to use the safest alternatives for polishes, products, and practices while creating one-of-a-kind manicures and nail art designs for every client who walks through the door.

Nagle knows that the beauty industry is constantly changing, and she embraces that evolution and change. “It’s so fun to follow trends you see in design, art, and fashion and incorporate them into our nail art designs,” she says. 

Those changes and adaptations have been especially difficult for many local businesses during COVID.

When COVID arrived, Nagle says that Spruce Nail Shop went back and worked from scratch during the lockdown to streamline as much as they could. 

“We reworked our booking system, purchased sneeze guards, face shields, and masks,” she says. “We created a separate entrance and exit, new protocols for check-in and check-out, new systems for our technicians, and so much more.” 

In addition to new safety protocols, Spruce Nail Shop has also had to adapt to a smaller capacity.

“We are running at 50% capacity, which has been a challenge, but, thankfully, we have our new space that is almost twice the size of our old one so we are able to socially distance much easier,” she says. “We keep getting creative and thinking of new ways to bring in revenue. Launching our online shop has been a huge help for us, and we are so thankful for the support we have received. Things are not easy, but our team has stayed so positive and encouraging, and that is truly what keeps me motivated.” 

Spruce Nail Shop is proudly women-owned and operating. In addition to the staff in the storefront, the product vendors at Spruce Nail Shop are also women-owned. 

More recently, Nagle was named as the top small, woman-owned business person of the year in Ohio, something that she says is humbling.

“I am so appreciative,” she says. “I often get caught up in working day-to-day and pushing Spruce, so it’s really nice to be able to take these moments to pause and look back on how much we have accomplished. There are so many incredible women-owned small businesses in Ohio, and I am so honored.” 

Nagle says that what keeps her motivated as a small business owner is her team and clients. 

“I am so proud of the team we have at Spruce,” she says. “The talent is unparalleled, but what I really love are the teachers. We hire a lot of techs straight out of nail school, and most have not done nail art before. We have a nail art educator and all techs work together and teach each other nail art. Seeing the growth in this skill set is one of my favorite things.”

Nagle says that Spruce Nail Shop is looking forward to a lot in the new year. “I know that we will be operating without current COVID standards for some time still, but I look forward to hopefully being able to bring back our Spruce Mobile and plan some more events and collaborations with other local businesses,” adds Nagle. 

To learn more about Spruce, visit You can also follow along on Instagram.

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A local photographer wants to help you appreciate and love your body by capturing images that show your true, natural beauty. Read on for all the picture perfect details.

Sara Ayers wants to inspire women to appreciate and love their bodies, and she’s doing just that, one session at a time, with Boho Boudoir.

Boho Boudoir is a luxury body empowerment boudoir studio helping to empower women.

“Boho Boudoir was created after years of making traditional portraits and seeing a consistent lack of self-love from so many female clients,” explains Ayers. “I knew this was my passion after photographing my first boudoir session and seeing the client leave with an entirely different attitude toward herself than when she arrived.”

Ayers is the founder and lead photographer of Boho Boudoir, and she finds everyday inspiration to do what she does by the growing strength and mutual respect of other women and those who identify as female.

“The sense of community from other local female creators has been an invaluable source of support and encouragement as I have continued to build my business,” she adds.  

At Boho Boudoir, Ayers makes sure that she takes time to consider all of the details to help make clients feel comfortable and at ease during sessions.

“It isn’t just about producing beautiful, high-quality images, it is about creating a positive space where our clients can appreciate themselves on a level they haven’t already, or truly celebrating themselves if they have,” she says.

Sessions from Boho Boudoir include a 2-hour portrait session, professional hair and makeup, a pre-shoot consultation, advice on wardrobe and styling, and industry professional editing and natural retouching of all final images. 

There are three luxury collections available for purchase from Boho Boudoir that include fine art albums, metal prints, digital files, and more.

Ayers says that she’s looking forward to expanding her services, as soon as it’s safe to do so. Those expansions include Chicago, Louisville, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo. 

To learn more about Boho Boudoir, visit You can also stay in touch on Facebook and via email.

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Hair extensions are a great option for those who want to have the long hair now (for one evening maybe), and not wait years when their short haircuts will grow out.

Hair extensions used to be the thing only celebrities had, but Instagram’s trends with ever-changing hair have promoted extensions among millions of people. It sounds great – get long hair without popping hair vitamins and waiting for our strands to grow. But only after you have bought the extension you discover other aspects like not so easy the attachment process and upkeep.

Extensions require high maintenance similar to natural strands, even more careful. Additionally, quality extensions come with a quite high price tag. Find out all there is to know about getting hair extensions, before considering buying one for yourself.

The Basics

Usually, hair must be at last 4 inches – long enough to braid or make a cornrow base for extensions to be applied.

The health of hair is also one of the most important factors. If the hair isn’t healthy, it must be treated before any extensions are applied to it. 

There are natural and synthetic hair extensions and it’s important to consider the differences between them. Natural hair extensions are usually made from human hair. Some less expensive hair extensions can be mixed with synthetic fibers or even animal hair. Fully synthetic hair is made from plastic fibers. It also could be processed for the desired texture. Such extensions have an unnatural feel and you can differ human and synthetic hair based on maintenance, texture, and price.

Hair Extension Applications

There are differences in how hair extensions are applied. 

Weave hair extensions – there are specific weave extensions. To apply them, you need to braid the natural hair into a cornrow and use a needle and cotton thread to attach the extra lengths.

Micro-link hair extensions (that are also known as micro-bead extensions) are applied by looping the extensions through natural hair and clamping it down with a pair of pliers and a metal bead.

Tape-in hair extensions are classified as semi-permanent extensions. They’re pre-taped on either side of a person’s own hair.

The pre-bonded extension is also known as fusion hair extension. They are attached to the natural hair using keratin or glue.

Clip in hair extension is considered as one of the least damaging to hair and very quick to apply because they are not attached to a braid. 

Net weaving extensions – another weaving technique that prevents additional stress on the hair. The net is sewn on the base of the cornrows, and the weave weft extensions are sewn to the net. 

Crochet extension is done using the same technique used to apply weft weaving, but the extensions are not sewn onto the braids, they are applied using a latch hook needle.

There is no one type of bond that is better than the other. The type of hair and method is going to determine by each person. For thin hair tape-in extensions are generally best when for coarse locks any other option would work.

Maintaining Hair Extensions

Typically it’s recommended to wait 2 days after hair extensions have been put in before washing. Before washing, detangled hair with a brush, from the ends to the roots. Regular shampoo won’t be a good choice, in this case, better to use a good quality shampoo and conditioner that was specifically created for use on natural and synthetic hair. Hair should also be gently dried and detangled. Avoid going to bed with wet hair.


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This year, moms need some extra self care and pampering, so a local mom-focused spa has some perfect gifts on special.

Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound in Mason is ready to pamper you this holiday season. 

As the temperature drops and going outside seems more like a chore than a chance to leave the house in what’s been a wild year, they know your hands are feeling cracked and your skin feeling dry.

“‘Tis the season for dry, cracked hands, especially with all the extra hand-washing we’re doing this year,” says Marnie Gosser, Client Services Coordinator and Physician Services Coordinator at Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound. 

To help combat that dry hand issue, Becoming Mom is offering an Eco-Fin hand treatment featuring their natural, petroleum-free paraffin that restores and protects your hands with a rich blend of organic coconut oils, shea butter, vitamin E, and essential oils. 

“Each treatment is sanitary and single-use – no dipping hands into a tub of wax,” explains Gosser. “Once the treatment is applied, a biodegradable sleeve is placed on your hands, and then warm herbal mitts for soothing heat therapy to infuse the healing oils into your skin. And for this month only, this amazing Eco-Fin hand treatment is free with any spa service.”

There are two other holiday specials running this season if you’re on the hunt for gift ideas – whether you want to treat yourself or someone else.

When you mention the holiday special while booking any ultrasound, you’ll receive a free Heartbeat Keepsake. Additionally, Becoming Mom is offering a Comfort & Joy Holiday Package, which includes a 50 minute massage and a Simply Sweet 3D/4D Ultrasound with a Heartbeat Keepsake. 

Be sure to mention these specials when booking your appointment. If you’re not quite sure what to gift the lady in your life this holiday season, you can purchase a Becoming Mom gift card by clicking here.

Becoming Mom is located at 5485 Deerfield Boulevard in Mason. You can contact them at 513-770-6730 or by visiting Stay up to date with news and announcements on Facebook and Instagram.

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Self-care is the new going out, especially in a COVID world. Learn about a wellness studio with several new options to help you look and feel your best.

A combined passion for weight loss and natural healing encouraged Sandra Waits and Tiffani Ray-Smith to look into cryotherapy.

The mother-daughter team is behind Rapid Results Cryo, a beauty and natural wellness studio composed of highly-trained and certified professionals dedicated to providing top-quality service, personalized to the specific needs of clients.

“We have personally researched and experienced our mostly natural products to ensure the highest quality,” says Ray-Smith. “Our goal is to help you look and feel like the very best you can at an affordable price with no needles, no knives, no pain, no downtime, no kidding.”

A number of services are available at Rapid Results Cryo.

Cryoskin offers slimming, toning, and facials, which helps to reduce fat and help you lose inches. “We recommend 3-6 sessions for best results,” says Ray-Smith. “On average, people see 18.96% fat reduction in treated areas.” 

Additionally, Ray-Smith says that Cryoskin can help to improve skin appearances. 

“With CryoToning treatments, cold temperatures boost collagen production, which tightens loose skin, reduces the appearance of cellulite, and improves the skin’s overall texture and appearance,” she says. “Cryo Facial treatments use cold temperatures to increase blood flow and oxygen, which boosts collagen production, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and pores, and improves skin elasticity. It’s a natural, non-invasive way to look younger and more radiant.”

At Rapid Results Cryo you can also receive Lipo Laser, a non-surgical procedure that reduces fat in select locations, including the waist, back, abdomen, arms, chin, and thighs.

Those who are interested in fat removal can utilize Rapid Results Cryo’s Body Sculpting Cavitation. “This is a new, revolutionary fat removal technology that does not require surgery,” says Ray-Smith. “It is a body sculpting treatment using radio frequency that provides immediate loss of fat cells. Cavitation requires no anesthesia, no scarring, no discomfort, and, best of all, no down time, resulting in instant loss of fat cells.”

Healing Touch is available at Rapid Results Cryo. “A Healing Touch is a touch modality similar to Rieke, which clears balance and energizes the human bio-field to invoke the relaxation response, thereby putting the body in a state to self-heal,” says Ray-Smith. “This treatment is great for headaches and other localized pain, before and after surgery, and promoting general well-being.”

W Waits Holistic Coaching is a sister company to Rapid Results Cryo that was established in 2017 to provide a coaching style that guides the client into the well-being of the mind, emotions, body, and spirit. “This coaching method honors the client as the expert on his life by offering a menu of action steps to achieve the desired outcomes,” says Ray-Smith.

Other services available at Rapid Results Cryo include full body vibration to speed up the lymphatic system to rid the body of cellular waste; infrared sauna blanket, which helps to detox and burn calories; full or partial slimming body wraps; lymphatic body brushing; fascia rollers; Fyrh Hanz handmade concoctions to help with sleep and relaxation; the IT Works system, and a full line of Zilis CBD Oils.

If you’re thinking about gifting Rapid Results Cryo for the holidays, Ray-Smith says their services are perfect for those who want to focus on self-care. “What a better gift to give than a visit to our Wellness Studio? We offer a serene environment to enjoy your treatment,” she says. “And we make it easy with gift certificates or pre-payment options. We also accept PayPal Credit and all major credit cards.” 

Rapid Results Cryo is offering holiday specials:

Cryo Body Contouring Session for $89 (a one-time offer)

The BOGO Body Package for $199 (originally $350)

As we navigate our way through the holidays, Rapid Results Cryo is always on the lookout for the best product offerings for their customers. In 2021 Rapid Results Cryo will start accepting HSA cards and they will be offering teeth whitening that brightens your smile in just 20 minutes. They also will have the IBVK inhaler, which was created with all natural blends of essential oils that help to kill viruses in your nose and throat.

To learn more about Rapid Results Cryo, visit or call at 513-416-4116. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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A local nurse practitioner with more than two decades of women’s health experience launched a new cosmetic injectable spa. Read on for details.

Lisa McMillan spent 23 years in a private practice working as a women’s health nurse practitioner. Then, about a decade ago, she underwent feelings that many women do. She says she didn’t look as young as she felt so she started to do a little research of her own. 

“At the time, I found it difficult to find someone to do a simple Botox treatment, and it was slightly intimidating going into a plastic surgeon’s office – especially since I didn’t feel like I wanted or needed anything close to plastic surgery,” explains McMillan. “So, I decided to learn how to do these treatments myself, with the idea that having a little something done should not be so intimidating or complicated.”

From there, McMillan launched Livio MedSpa, a cosmetic injectable spa. 

“I provide medical grade treatments including Botox, Dysport, fillers, microneedling, and Kybella for body contouring treatments,” she says.

With seven years in the industry now, McMillan says there are several treatment options available at Livio MedSpa. These including all injectable services such as lip fillers, cheek and mid-face fillers, chin augmentations, Scultpra for the temples and midface, Kybella for permanent fat reduction, microneedling for the face and body, and Sculptra BBL (Brazilian Butt Lift). Additionally, Livio MedSpa uses cannula technique as well as sharp needle techniques. 

McMillan says that what makes her medspa unique is that she offers an entire facial rejuvenation approach.

“That means when a client comes into my office, I address the entire face rather than just filling in a particular line or continuing to fill a person’s cheeks just because that’s what they ask for,” she explains. “I will not let someone leave my office looking strange or unnatural. I listen very closely to what bothers a client and then we address the reason. It is hard for a client to know why they are looking tired, but they don’t need to know – that’s my job!” 

You can learn more about Livio MedSpa at There you can find information on all the treatments offered at Livio MedSpa as well as pricing for those treatments. “No one wants to be surprised about cost,” adds McMillan. 

Livio Medspa is located at 3974 RedBank Road in the Phenix Salon Suite. 

You can book an appointment with Livio Medspa by clicking here. You can stay up to date with Livio MedSpa on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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Local experts just launched an exclusive new line of skincare. See how it can boost your routine and improve problem areas. 

Sylvia Brownlee, founder of Pure Beauty Skin Bar, loves to help people improve their skin. 

Since 2015, she’s been doing that with Cincinnati-based Pure Beauty Skin Bar. Now, with the launch of an exclusive new line of skincare, she’s adding a new layer to how she can help. 

Brownlee says she’s always had dreams of making a difference within the beauty industry. From management leadership roles in the beauty industry education field to hands-on work in the treatment room, Brownlee is a passionate professional whose footprint is growing in leaps and bounds, according to Pure Beauty’s media kit. Over the years, Brownlee has grown both her business and expansive knowledge to treat clients nationwide.

“My main goal is to teach others how to love and care for their skin,” says Brownlee. “Skin by Brownlee & an exciting, luxury line of skincare that will take Pure Beauty Skin Bar to the next level.” The new skincare line is named after Sylvia, seeing as she is the last living Brownlee in her family.

Pure Beauty Skin Bar’s focus is on customers looking to boost their skin care routine, specifically with acne and pigmentations. “Our services menu is complete with seven different corrective skin treatments, including waxing,” says Brownlee. “Each is custom-tailored to meet customers individual needs with top-tier, professional care.” For a complete list of Pure Beauty Skin Bar services, visit

The Pure Beauty Acne Experience is made up of 3 steps to clear skin:

1. As a client, you will undergo a thorough, in-depth consultation process. This consultation is aimed at uncovering recommended changes to your lifestyle and skin care routine. 
2. After consultation, Brownlee will coach you how to properly use the Skin by Brownlee, Co. products. These products can be combined to form a unique routine that fits your skin’s specific needs. 
3. After the coaching, you will schedule and experience a series of detoxing skin treatments to remove blockages from the hair follicles. 

Not only does Pure Beauty Skin bar offer Skin by Brownlee & Co. products, they also have a blog. “The blog is a place for our clients to read up on all things related to Pure Beauty Skin Bar tips and tricks related to all things acne-related, as well as Sylvia’s favorite things,” says Brownlee. You can read the blog here

In the midst of COVID-19, the company has added in appropriate safety measures, including masks, temperature checks and placing orders online and picking up curbside. For customers who desire a personal consultation, virtual consultations are available for those choosing to stay at home or from out-of-state.

To stay connected with Pure Beauty Skin Bar, you can visit their website at You can also follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

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Read about a local esthetician who wants to help women look and feel beautiful.

Rebecca Healey launched her business Forever Brows and Beauty back in July 2018. In the little more than two years since she opened her doors, Forever Brows and Beauty is Cincinnati’s premier luxury permanent makeup and beauty studio.

“We help women feel beautiful, confident, save time, and money with permanent makeup,” says Healey. 

The inspiration for the studio came from Healey’s personal desire to help women who struggle with their eyebrows. She says that she is one who struggled with over-tweezed eyebrows for years and often found herself spending 25-30 minutes a day on her eyebrows.

“I gained a new level of self confidence after getting microblading and knew I could help many other women like me,” she says. “I wanted to give women who have lost their eyebrows a new outlook on life!”

At Forever Brows and Beauty you’ll find a number of services including microblading, powder brows, permanent eyeliner (lash enhancement), lip blush, beauty marks/freckles, micro needling, threading, tattoo removal, and makeup application.

These services are provided at a high quality, helping to make Forever Brows and Beauty unique. “We also give clients a luxury experience with lots of personality and personal connections,” says Healey. “We treat all our clients like royalty and make them feel beautiful.” 

Healey is looking forward to the future of her business. She says that she currently has an apprentice learning and nearly ready to accept new clients. She’s also begun business coaching and expanding her team. 

Forever Brows and Beauty is located at 10999 Reed Harman Highway, Suite 330, in Blue Ash. 

To learn more, visit You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.