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A nationally known hair colorist is opening a new salon in Northern Kentucky. Click for all the beautification details.

Zoe Grace Salon is a new salon that focuses on the customer experience.

There’s a new salon in town and they’re focused on helping clients look and feel their best.

“Zoe Grace Salon is a new, chic salon where stylists are obsessed with making sure guests love their hair and their experience,” explains salon owner, Ella King. “Zoe Grace stylists are experts with problem hair types and know what styles look best with face shapes and what colors look best with skin tones. They use techniques derived from years of experience and ongoing training.”

King herself has more than 16 years experience in the hair industry is a nationally known hair colorist and top Holland Certified educator for Keune Haircosmetics. She travels the country to teach other stylists, grow as an artist, and to stay on top of the latest hair care industry techniques and trends. “I am passionate about serving my guests, educating other stylists to perfect their skill, and staying on top of all the new color trends, cuttery, and styling techniques,” she says.

Aside from knowing the latest trends in the hair industry, King also wanted to provide a salon that allows guests to feel pampered.

“We believe whether you’re a hard working business professional, college student, mom, dad, or retired, you deserve to be pampered and you deserve to feel beautiful in being who you truly are,” says King.

The full-service salon focuses on customizing hair design and coloring techniques, offering cuts and styles for men and women as well as smoothing services, extensions, hair removal, brow and lash services, airbrush makeup, and formal hairstyles.

“Everything in this tranquil salon was architected with the guest in mind from the feeling of privacy at styling stations to a unique free standing color bar and shampoo bowls with neck and head rest pillows,” says King. “This is where stylists deliver the Signature Zoe Grace Shampoo Massage using techniques designed to target the specific areas of the scalp that promote relaxation and stress relief for each guest.”

Guests can relax in a massage chair or work at a desktop station while their color processes. The salon provides free wi-fi, charging ports, and a snack and beverage bar.

Zoe Grace will host its grand opening launch party “Consults and Cocktails” on Nov. 3 from 3-6 pm. The salon will provide light hors d’oeuvres, door prizes for the first 50 guests, and giveaways, including free hair color for a year. The event is also where the salon will reveal the winner from their “Complete Beauty Makeover” contest. Those who RSVP for the event will receive 25% off any product purchase the day of the event.

King says you can RSVP by calling or texting 859-250-6827 or by emailing book@zoegracesalon.com.

Zoe Grace is located at 287 Buttermilk Pike in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, in the newly renovated Buttermilk Square Development.

To learn more about Zoe Grace Salon, visit https://zoegracesalon.com/. You can also find styling tips, announcements, contests, fashion tips, and hair trends on the website, or stay up-to-date with the salon on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Learn about a new Norwood salon that wants you to feel welcome when you walk in, then beautiful and loved by the time you walk out.

Wild Honey Salon offers a variety of services and uses environmentally-friendly and humane products.

Inclusive, humane, eco-friendly, simple and relaxing. That’s the idea behind Wild Honey Salon in Norwood.

Established in June of 2017, Wild Honey creates a narrative of inclusivity. For example, rather than titling men’s or women’s cuts on the menu of services, the haircuts are classified by varying lengths of hair instead.

Wild Honey Salon is also humane and environmentally friendly, using R&Co. products, which are vegetarian, gluten-free, cruelty-free, sulfate-free and paraben-free.

The salon is home to five independent stylists including owner, Melissa Leitru. “I wanted to create a space where each stylist could be their own boss, yet we all work together with the same vision,” she explains. “The other girls who work with me are so amazing. They’re all so talented and the fact they they saw what I was doing and wanted to work here is still so cool to me. I want the salon to be a place for everyone to feel welcomed and loved.”

Wild Honey Salon offers a variety of services, including haircuts, colors, waxes, style and special occasion looks. They also offer deep conditioning and keratin smoothing treatments. Both of these specialty services range in prices with the keratin treatment at $300, and the deep conditioning at $25. 

Special occasion looks by Wild Honey Salon include weddings, formal up-dos, and variations of blowouts.

“Design wise, the idea of Wild Honey Salon was to be minimal because of our small space. I love when people say that it feels relaxing and doesn’t feel cluttered,” Leitru shares. “I wanted a space where I could think and didn’t feel overwhelmed or distracted. It was always a dream of mine to open my own salon. Sometimes, with all the craziness of owning my own business and trying to stay on top of everything, I forget to sit back and realize that I’m living out my dream.”

Wild Honey is located at 3966 Montgomery Rd. in Cincinnati, Ohio. To find out more information or book an appointment, visit https://www.wildhoneysalon.com/. You can also follow along on Instagram or “like” them on Facebook.

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Learn about a local beauty aficionado who launched her own subscription box for lip products while running a popular lifestyle account. 

Sue Anne Cho-Collins, Founder of LippieBox and the blog Heart of Plastic

When it comes to beauty, fashion, healthy living, travel, and lifestyle, Sue Anne Cho-Collins wears a lot of hats.

Cho-Collins is the founder of the Instagram account Heart of Plastic. “It’s my baby,” she says. “I’ve been on Instagram since it came out in 2010, no joke. It’s changed a lot over the years but I’ve adapted and am staying active! I post about fashion, beauty, healthy living, travel, and lifestyle.”

Cho-Collins says that what inspired Heart of Plastic came from a previous fashion blog she once co-wrote with a friend. She says they put a lot of time into the blog but eventually decided to go their separate ways, and she took that inspiration and continued on her own through Instagram.

In addition to Heart of Plastic, Cho-Collins is also the owner of LippieBox, a monthly subscription box for everything lips.

“We ship out a box full of 5 full-size lip products to everyone who subscribes,” she explains. “That can include lip balm, lip gloss, lip scrubs, or even accessories for your lippies.”

The inspiration for LippieBox came from her experience as an influencer on Instagram, where she reviewed lip balms on the account Lipbalm. “People were asking me all the time where they could get those products for themselves,” she says. “I didn’t want to sell someone else’s products; I wanted my own. So I created LippieBox, a curated box of lip products that was my own brand.”

Although she runs three different Instagram accounts, Cho-Collins says that there isn’t a single post that sticks out to her because she loves them all. “I don’t have a favorite, but I love creating vibrant, colorful images,” she says. “That’s what I go for in my feed.”

Through all of her Instagram adventures, Cho-Collins says that the most enjoyable part is the connections she makes with other brands. She also says that she loves getting the opportunity to try out new products. “The sponsored trips and meals are my favorite,” she adds.

Cho-Collins says to keep your eyes out and to follow along with Heart of Plastic, as there’s something new just around the corner. “It’s a secret,” she says. “You may just have to follow along to find out!”

To learn more about Heart of Plastic and LippieBox, Cho-Collins says you can follow all three of her Instagram accounts at @heartofplastic, @lippiebox, and @lipbalm.

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From microblading, makeup and massages, to hair, lashes and waxing, Anderson has a new go-to for everything beauty.

Eden Salon and Day Spa is a new spa in Anderson.

Anderson is now home to Eden Salon and Day Spa, headed up by two beauty industry enthusiasts, owner Melissa Hunter, and salon manager, Katie Mahoney. 

They wanted to create a one-stop-shop for all your beauty needs. After many months of planning and preparation, they celebrated their official grand opening — complete with a ribbon cutting with the Anderson Chamber of Commerce — in August 2018.

Today, Eden’s Salon offers a wide range of services, including: hair, lashes, microblading, facials, waxing, make-up, and massages. Products carriers are Kevin Murphy and Brazilian Blowout. 

According to Hunter, beauty at Eden Salon and Day Spa isn’t skin deep, though. She says it also means caring about the community and helping others. That’s why they’re sponsoring an effort with Susan G Komen to kick off breast cancer awareness month that’s focused on funding the research and treatment needed to decrease the current number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50% by 2026.

We are partnering with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to help find a cure for breast cancer. We will have a booth next to Ford at the ‘More Than Pink Walk’ on September 30, 2018,” Hunter explains. “Eden Salon and Day Spa is dedicated to helping the victims, survivors and families of breast cancer by pledging to do our part to help find a cure for breast cancer one dollar at a time.” 

The importance of health and wellness at Eden Salon and Spa is also underscored by the products used. “At Eden Salon and Day Spa, we use 100% organic and biodynamic products that ensure ethical and sustainable sourcing of ingredients that yield maximum results,” a recent Facebook post notes. “Experience the power of plant based skin-care. Our facial services include relaxing neck, shoulder, hand and arm massages that will leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and rested.”

Eden Salon and Spa is located at 7434 Beechmont Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45255. To learn more, visit their website: www.edensaloncincinnati.com, their Facebook or Instagram.

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From pet grooming to massage therapy for horses and dogs, see how these local experts aim to make life easier for you and your pet.

For the animal owners in Cincinnati, Pampered Paws and Claws has one objective in mind: to make your life easier. 

The range of services include: Cat & Dog Grooming, Dog Training, Pet Sitting, Dog and Horse Massage Therapy. Grooming procedures typically take approximately 60-90 minutes unless a specialty is required. Special requests are welcome and encouraged, says owner Angela Sexton, who adds that she enjoys customizing the experience for each client.

“Appointments must be made, no walks in are allowed,” Sexton explains, “because the professionals here do not want animals waiting around in cages for their appointment or for a slot to open up.”

According to Sexton their range of services include: dog grooming, cat grooming, and massage therapy for multiple kinds of animals such as horses and dogs. 

I am a Certified Feline Master Groomer and a National Certified Master Groomer and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed, Certified Canine Massage Therapist, Certified Equine Massage Therapist, and a Certificate in Professional Pet Sitter,” Sexton says. “I am the only [local] groomer who is Certified in Cats and Dogs and the only Certified Dog Trainer who grooms. I am the Vet recommended for those dogs who have issues being groomed.

Sexton says she loves that grooming not only helps pets look and feel better, but it also helps owners battle excessive animal hair at home. 

Nextdoor.com has also rated Pampered Paws and Claws their favorite of 2018, Sexton says, and in 2017 they were voted the Best of the West by Cincy Magazine readers. 

I have loved animals all my life, that is why I attended the Cincinnati Zoo School,” Sexton says. “I treat your fur kid like my own.” 

Pampered Paws and Claws is located at 5327 Foley Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45238. To learn more, visit http://delhipamperedpawsandclaws.com/ or “like” them on Facebook.

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Learn about a blossoming new beauty business in Northern Kentucky featuring natural and responsibly sourced products for your hair, body, and home.

Industry Salon is an Aveda salon in Northern Kentucky. Photo by: Brittany Bays

There’s a new Aveda salon and spa in Northern Kentucky featuring natural and responsibly sourced products for your hair, body, and home.

Newport-based Industry Salon offers men and women’s haircuts, hair color, and facial waxing. They also sell Aveda products for healthy hair care, skin care, and body care for those who’d like to continue their salon and spa experience at home.  

“These natural products are flower and plant-based, responsibly sourced, and have amazing aromas,” says Project Manager Mallory Muddimen. “We also use Aveda hair color too, which can be completely customized for each guest, and it is made of up to 96% all natural ingredients.”

Photo by: Brittany Bays

Muddimen says the most popular Aveda products at Industry Salon are the Cherry Almond Shampoo and Conditioner. “They have been flying off the shelf thanks to the incredible scent and their hair softening properties,” she says.

Industry Salon is locally owned by Kate Moeves who is a Newport native. The salon is operated by Moeves, as well as General Manager, Heather Sams, who also hails from Northern Kentucky, in Taylor Mill. 

Industry Salon has a sister salon in Bellevue, Kentucky called 501 Salon, which Moeves and Sams also manage. According to Muddimen, “Both of these women are warm, welcoming, and dedicated to providing a contemporary and education driven business for their employees and guests alike.”

Industry Salon is located at 846 Saratoga Street, Newport, Kentucky 41071To learn more, visit http://industrynky.com. You can also follow along on Facebook or Instagram.

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Read on about a new small batch skincare line made from natural ingredients.

Pälish features a line of beauty products that are good for your skin.

Finding the right skincare products for you can be a pricey and time consuming task. Heather Gray was on a mission to find the right products for her, but couldn’t find exactly what she needed that worked the way she needed it to. 

That’s when she decided to launch her own product.

“The first product I created was the sugar scrub,” says Gray. “I wanted a product that would exfoliate my skin, moisturize it, and scent it in one step.”

Once she got that scrub the way she wanted it, she liked it so much and thought others would enjoy it too that she decided to launch her own skincare line called Pälish. 

“Pälish is a skincare line made in small batching from natural ingredients,” explains Gray. “the ‘Au Naturale’ line of Pälish products consists of unscented products or products scented naturally by the ingredients.”

There is also a scented line that features essential oil combinations to create scents that are unique only to Pälish. 

Gray says she’s someone who takes great care to maintain herself physically and watches what she puts in and on her body. 

“I like to feel polished and put together, but don’t have hours to spend or an endless bank account to do so,” she says. “I was so tired of so many cosmetic companies suggesting that if I didn’t look a certain way or use their products that I wasn’t ‘enough.’ So I created my own line with a focus on helping everyone feel great in their own skin.”

Launched nearly a year ago, the current line-up of products from Pälish features six unique scents of sugar scrub, face oil, toning and cleaning pads, makeup remover, and body oil. She says she will be introducing scent roll-on, dry shampoo, facial cleanser, and a face polish soon.

Gray says that what makes her business unique is that the products are simple yet effective and are created to maintain the overall health and wellness of your skin, and in many cases, improve it. 

“I believe that everyone wants to feel great in their own skin and just as they are,” adds Gray. “It is the largest organ in the body and we should be taking care of it.”

Each scent is unique to Pälish. I played around with dozens of scent combinations before narrowing it down to the six that are available currently.

Gray says that throughout 2018 she will be adding a few new things for Pälish including sponsored events and athletes, Pälish educational skincare events, and new “au natural” and scented products.

To learn more about Pälish, visit www.palishme.com. You can also check out her blog for collaborative articles with a skincare professional on the benefits of natural skincare. You can also follow along on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter. The Pälish Instagram is updated daily and features discounts, contests, Pälish athletes, and testimonials.

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A local luxury makeup studio is now offering new interactive experiences that’ll refresh your look in-person and online. Read on to for all the eye-batting details.

Pout Studio offers Makeup 101 workshops and works with local photographers to offer headshots.

Opened in February of 2017, Pout Studio is a luxury makeup studio which specializes in bridal makeup, commercial/event makeup and headshots. 

Owner Trina Paul has 27 years of experience and an extensive list of client work from doing makeup for designers at New York Fashion Week to working on-set for films, to working in Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and more, as a traveling national makeup artist for a variety of high-end cosmetic brands.

Today, Paul owns Pout Studio, which is a makeup studio nestled in a historic mansion in Newport, where she offers traditional makeup services as well as makeup 101 workshops and headshots in collaboration with local photographers.

Once a month, clients can come to Pout for a two-hour workshop to learn all her makeup basics as well as brow mapping, contouring, highlighting and false lash application. Attendees also receive a 10-piece brush set, mascara, a makeup bag and a professional photographer is there to capture all the fun while also providing clients a professional headshot at the end.

“I wanted to start this business to help women with their makeup without having to sell them the cosmetics,” explains Paul. “We have done 12 of the workshops and they sell out every time. Women want to learn how to do their own makeup.”

The workshops have a limit of 20 people and the cost for them is $85. Paul posts the dates of them on her Facebook page and her Instagram.

In addition, Pout Studio recently started offering eyelash extensions in both classic and Russian volume. “I started lashes about five months ago because my clients kept complaining that no one in Northern Kentucky was doing them,” says Paul, which she says is also reason for launching the workshops. “No one really offers this or anything like it in our area so I thought people could really benefit.”

She says her favorite service is doing lash extensions. “I absolutely love seeing my clients faces after I give them a full set of gorgeous new lashes and they can’t stop looking in the mirror,” she says. 

According to Paul, Pout Studio is in full-blown growth mode. For the new year, she says, the studio will continue to expand with new services such as microblading and skincare services such as dermaplaning and facials.

Paul says she really just loves the feeling of helping women feel good about themselves, whether it’s for their big day, or just helping them have a better day. “I get to help women have a better day, get through a breakup, a divorce, a death, etc. just by pampering them with makeup,” she says. “I love my clients truly and they feel that. I get so much satisfaction from this business it never ever feels like work.”

Pout Studio is located at 821 York Street in Newport. You can learn more at https://poutstudio.xyz and follow along on Facebook.

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See how two local ladies teamed up to open a salon that provides an experience that pampers your hair, face, brows and lashes.

Natalie Lickert (left), Owner of The Blonde Fox Salon.

Natalie Lickert remembers perfecting her skills with a curling iron and crimper on herself when she was six years old. With all those years of practice, fast-forward to today, as she recently opened The Blonde Fox.

Officially opened on June 5, 2018 in the heart of Downtown Montgomery, The Blonde Fox has one goal according to Lickert: giving customers a comfortable and quality salon experience.

It’s a hair and beauty salon made up of Cosmetologists and Beauty Entrepreneurs. Lickert makes up one of the four salon chairs, while the others are for rent for other beauty entrepreneurs looking to provide their own style and salon experience. The services and prices offered vary depending on the individual stylist, but as a whole the salon specializes in hair color, hair cutting, hair smoothing treatments, facial waxing, lash and brow tinting, hair extensions, eyelash extensions and natural eyelash enhancements.

Lickert describes what made her want to take the leap and co-own the new salon: “My business continued to grow and I was adding new services to my menu. I had completely outgrown my prior space and I didn’t feel like I could provide the experience that I wanted for my clients,” she explains.

The “experience,” she says, “is a stress free environment where customers can obtain high quality beauty services. One thing that was really important to Sally and me was that the salon chairs not be too close together. We were used to having our own spaces and so were our guests, so we still wanted some privacy so that everyone still felt comfortable in conversation and some personal space. We also didn’t want it to feel like a traditional salon. We wanted to create a happy, laid back, feel-good environment where people would feel good vibes walking in the door and feel ready to relax. We are constantly seeking out education and fun ways to improve the client experience. I feel like these things combined make us stand out from other salons.”

Lickert explains some of the unique, “feel good” aspects of the salon. “Our main goal is to provide the best experience possible for our guests when they come for a visit. We have a pretty non-traditional waiting area with some really cool chairs and fun décor. We have a full beverage bar with water, coffee, tea, soft drinks, beer and wine,” she says. “A full stock of magazines and cool stuff to read while they kick back and relax. We will constantly be striving to improve that the best we can.”

Lickert believes she is doing what she was born to do and one of the things she enjoys most about it is the relationship-building aspect. “One of the coolest things about this industry is the relationships and bonds we get to build with everyone who comes through the door,” she says. “I’ve shared in some of the most exciting, happy, sad, stressful, heartbreaking times in my clients’ lives. From engagements, weddings, job promotions, babies to shaving the heads of clients with cancer or taking care of clients for their own or loved one’s funerals. I feel pretty lucky to be trusted with the task of taking care of their physical appearance, but also being chosen to participate in their personal lives.”

As for the future, Lickert hopes to rent out the other two salon chairs and build a team of hardworking stylists as well as continuing to expand the salon services.

The Blonde Fox is located at 7817 Cooper Road, Suite A Montgomery, OH 45242. To learn more, visit https://blondefoxsalon.com.

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One local lady is building a skincare brand focused on not only bettering your skin, but your overall well-being and state of mind. Read on to learn more!

Selfcare Beauty is a luxury skincare brand that takes a more mindful approach.

After Kara Lockwood found herself in a state of chaos in her professional and personal life, she knew something had to change. She decided to incorporate more self love into her skincare routine, and Selfcare Beauty was born.

Selfcare Beauty is a luxury skincare brand with a more mindful approach. The focus of the brand is providing products that are kind to your skin, your mind and the earth. “Our serum is paraben, sulfate and phthalates free,” explains Lockwood. “Committed to being kind to the earth too, our serum is cruelty free, vegan and made in the U.S. with recyclable packaging.”

Lockwood has worked on many luxury beauty brands as a creative director, as well as a popular YouTuber reviewing beauty products. After her many years of experience, she set out to create what she thought was missing in the luxury beauty industry, products with non-toxic ingredients that provide a more well-rounded experience for your skin and your mind.

Kara Lockwood, Founder of Selfcare Beauty

Lockwood wanted to provide this experience to others just as much as she wanted it for herself. “My self-care started to take a hit, I wasn’t present with my family or at work, something needed to change. We are in a time of constant demand for our time and attention. It’s time to step away and recharge,” she says. “I started to focus on being mindful while doing my skin care routine, it was my self-care. Not only was it great for my skin, it was a great reset for my mind, morning and night. I knew [that] was something special and I wasn’t alone, I had to share this with the world. I set out to create a luxurious skin care line that would elevate self-care in our existing skin care regimen.”

Lockwood describes her favorite product from the brand, “Our Clear Crystal Multitasking Serum is a do-it-all product. It can be applied for a 10-minute mask or left on as a serum. It works great as a base layer under makeup while also protecting from UVB and free radicals,” she explains. “Clear Crystal’s radiance boosting, lightweight, anti-aging serum has a cooling gel texture. It absorbs quickly without feeling oily while balancing and toning complexion. Skin is left looking balanced and bright, minimizing the look of pores and improving firmness. Clear Crystal is suitable for sensitive skin and perfect for all skin types.”

As Selfcare Beauty’s products are not yet available to purchase, they have gone through the prototype stage and are looking to produce their first serum product soon. To learn more, visit www.selfcarebeauty.co.