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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.

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A grad student wants to bring awareness to the effects of domestic violence by training stylists to recognize the signs. Read on for more information.

501 Salon & Spa Professionals received the first round of Highlights for Hope Training in the Fall 2018. (Photo provided)

People from across the country are ready to bring an end to domestic violence. There’s a mission a little closer to home from Taylor Zumwalt, a grad student working on her masters in Social Work at Northern Kentucky University.

Zumwalt was inspired to launch an awareness-based training called Highlights of Hope to help bring attention to domestic violence.

“Recently, Illinois passed a law which requires salon professionals to receive training in recognizing victims of domestic violence,” explains Zumwalt. “Many stylists report a great deal of disclosure from their clients and have a unique opportunity to provide resources to those experiencing domestic violence, as well as to act as a voice within the community to raise awareness about this epidemic.”

Although there is currently no law in the Greater Cincinnati area regarding domestic violence training for salon professionals, Zumwalt has started her own version of training.

Taylor Zumwalt

“This presentation provides stylists with information about how to identify signs of intimate partner violence and local resources to provide to clients who may be in danger,” she says. “Moreover, it empowers stylists to have informed conversations with their clients about domestic violence and reduce the stigma surrounding this topic.”

Salons interested in participating can do the training at their salon and at whatever time they find to be the most convenient. Zumwalt says she’s also met with individual stylists at local libraries when they’re interested in participating in the training.

Although the training in Highlights of Hope was specifically designed for hairstylists, Zumwalt says that she’s more than happy to tailor other trainings for other individuals involved with the public, including store clerks, librarians, etc.

“Domestic violence is such a pervasive issue that it can affect anyone,” she says. “Therefore, I see value in anyone learning more about the signs and ways to help. I always encourage anyone who would like to get involved to share this idea with their own stylists, as word-of-mouth has been the greatest asset in getting salons on board.”

Overall, Zumwalt wants to be able to help those who are affected by domestic violence learn about the resources they have available to them and how they can leave those relationships while also raising awareness on the issue.

“We can’t fix problems we don’t walk about and, right now, many people don’t talk about domestic violence,” says Zumwalt. “Empowering individuals to have those conversations, reduce the taboo, and, hopefully, reach those need help is our ultimate goal.”

To learn more about Highlights of Hope or to follow the story you can do so on Facebook. Anyone interested in talking more about training can send an email to highlightsofhope@gmail.com.

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Calling all soon-to-be brides! Read about a local mobile glamorizing service that’s helping you look even more fab on your big day!

Dollface Glamour is a mobile makeup service that services bridal parties.

Bridgette Procter fell in love with makeup when she was 3 years old. This lifelong love affair with makeup has now turned into more than 10 years experience in making others look and feel their best. 

Today, she is the founder of Dollface Glamour, a mobile makeup service that offers glam services to groups of five or more.

“Services include airbrush makeup, false lashes, contouring, and your choice of a full-size lip color to keep,” says Procter.

Procter offers her customers not only the looks, but she uses high-quality products on clients as well. In fact, the airbrush foundation she uses provides long-lasting wear of 12-16 hours.

Dollface Glamour is rooted in Procter’s love of beauty products and her passion for making others look and feel beautiful.

Procter says that what makes her mobile makeup service stand apart from others is service and price point. “I don’t raise my prices very often and I have great reviews,” she explains.

She’s also passionate about her work. “I do this work truly because I love it, the profits are a perk,” she adds.

Procter says she’s currently in the process of researching an online/live booking option, to help streamline her booking process and make it easier for customers to book Procter’s services.

To learn more about Dollface Glamour, visit www.dollfaceglamour.com. You can also “like” her on Facebook.

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In and around the beauty industry for 34 years, one local hair guru recently opened a stunning new salon. Click for a peek inside.

Angela Packer Hair is a salon in the heart of Oakley.

After spending decades in the beautification business, Angela Packer decided to venture out on her own. Today she is the owner of Angela Packer Hair, a two-chair, boutique salon.

“I have been in and around this industry for a collection of 34 years,” she explains. “I have loved everything about my industry.”

Packer started out her career as a hair model and then held a position as a receptionist for five years, during which she attended cosmetology school. However, it’s her time as a receptionist that she says really got her passionate about cosmetology.

“I loved everything about the culture of a salon,” she says. “The art that was created with hair, the education about styles and retail product I found fascinating, the music that played every second of work, the personal style of the stylist – I loved it.”

Aside from the work atmosphere itself, Packer says she was also inspired by the personal relationships that she saw being forged between stylists and their clients. “It was something to be rivaled,” she adds.

Packer says her career behind the chair started in 1992, and over the next 10 years she worked locally for two salons before she branched out and opened a salon with a former business partner.

“I co-owned that salon for 13 years,” she says. Then, in 2015, she took on a solo journey at a local suite concept.

Soon after her solo journey, Packer found what she calls the “perfect space” in Oakley.

Now, Angela Packer Hair is tucked off Oakley Square in downtown Oakley.

“We are on a great little street, Allston Street,” she adds. “The street houses several small businesses. It’s so great to be part of a small business community.”

Angela Packer Hair focuses only on hair, and Packer has her salon-mate Brittany Retherford working alongside her.

“Brittany began her career as my assistant,” says Packer. “We met seven years ago and have worked together ever since. Brittany is seven amazing years into her career.”

At Angela Packer Hair, you’ll find that the duo focuses on hair coloring, cutting, keratin straightening, and styling.

“We both love choosing the absolute perfect color and method of application for each client,” explains Packer. “Brittany also has been known to be quite the Keratin Complex guru.”

As for the space itself, Packer wanted to welcome guests to a cool, relaxed, inspiring, nurturing, and artful space – complete with music, television, and magazines.

“Pour a glass of wine, enjoy a hot coffee or tea, and relax into your own time while your service processes,” says Packer. “Gaze out of the floor-to-ceiling windows and watch the world go by.”

You can follow Packer on Facebook and Instagram, as well as Brittany on Facebook and Instagram.