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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 www.bohostudiocincinnati.com/boudoir. 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 becomingmomspa.com. 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 rapidresultscryo.com 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 https://liviospa.com. 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 & Co.is 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 https://purebeautyskinbar.com/pages/skin-care-services

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 https://purebeautyskinbar.com/. 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 www.foreverbrowsandbeauty.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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Learn how a community built with women’s health and wellness in mind is launching a new membership program, with plenty of perks, in collaboration with The Christ Hospital.

Wise Wellness Guild was designed for women and to encourage them to take care of themselves and their wellness.

“At Wise Wellness Guild we believe that you are your greatest asset and need to be nourished,” explains Founder Stevi Carr. “Our members are remarkable trailblazers who support each other in their journey toward whole-self wellness.”

Carr believes that investing in yourself is the most important thing you can do, and she encourages all of those who are part of the Wise Wellness Guild community to become the best version of themselves.

To help accommodate the needs of the community she has built through Wise, she launched a new membership. 

“Wise Wellness Guild knows that women are busy – the chaos of life has created extreme pressures that stretch our time – and finances – forcing women to place themselves on the back-burner,” she says. “Through a partnership with The Christ Hospital, Wise can make investing in ourselves easy, transparent, and affordable.”

Through the partnership with The Christ Hospital has come the Prosper Membership. 

“Prosper members of the Wise Wellness Guild gain access to a year’s worth of Botox (up to 120 units) and 4 wellness subscription boxes per year that include medical grade skincare, offerings from wellness brands, and more,” says Carr. 

Prosper Members also receive the best of Wise perks, including a customized 100-point wellness assessment aimed at providing awareness of your baseline across the 8 pillars of wellness.

Carr hopes that her partnership with The Christ Hospital will encourage women to take their health and wellness more seriously. “Health and wellness do not need to be daunting – Wise has created a safe space to invest in yourself so you can invest in those you care for the most,” she says. “Self-care is healthcare!”

Collaborations with The Christ Hospital also reap additional benefits for Wise Wellness Guild members. The organization is now offering their base membership, Reflection, at no cost and all Wise members gain access to Christ Hospital’s ezCare Concierge, a free and simple tool to make navigating healthcare easy. 

To learn more about this new membership through Wise Wellness Guild, visit www.wisewellnessguild.com/about-prosper. You can also find more information on Wise Wellness Guild on Facebook and Instagram.

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Convenience, experience and safety are top priorities at this state-of-the-art full service salon just across from Sawyer Point Park. Keep reading for more and a look inside.

Photo: Carissa Edwards

Located just across from Sawyer Point Park in the heart of Cincinnati is Studio 900 Salon and Spa.

“We are Cincinnati’s latest state-of-the-art full-service salon,” explains Owner Bill Chappie. “We offer complimentary secured parking. The salon carries varied hair product brands including Kevin Murphy, R+Co, Moroccan Oil, and multiple Paul Mitchell brands.” 

The inspiration behind Studio 900 is the progression toward modern day style, comfort, and design in our everyday lives. Chappie says that he wanted to bring in the most talented hair artists who can maximize their creativity in an open and collaborative environment to help him achieve his goal of modern day style.

“At Studio 900 we are an independent contractor salon working as a dynamic team of dedicated individuals constantly striving toward a common goal of excellence in professional hair care and spa services,” he says. “The focused vision of our team helps make Studio 900 a place to inspire creativity within oneself and to be inspired by the creativity of others, allowing us to deliver extraordinary service to all our guests.” 

Chappie, and his husband Scott Allgyer, opened Studio 900 in March 2019. Chappie has more than 28 years of experience in the hair industry, as he was also the founder of Elements Hair Studio. 

At Studio 900, Chappie and Allgyer are committed to the team of stylists and spa professionals. “It is only through their talent and the salon’s teamwork that we can offer a client experience that is second to none in the city,” he adds. 

Photo: Carissa Edwards

There is a full suite of salon and spa services available at Studio 900. On the salon side, there is hair color, haircuts and styling, keratin/Brazilian Blowout treatments, hair extensions, and formal updo and makeup services for special occasions. 

On the spa side, you can receive nail services, full body waxing, massage, and esthetic services including eyelash extensions and powder brows. 

Of course, 2020 is different with the rise of COVID-19. “Studio 900 is taking multiple precautionary steps during the COVID-19 pandemic, even beyond what the Ohio State Board is requiring,” says Chappie. “The salon also offers a private suite for any clients who have underlying conditions making them especially at-risk of contracting COVID-19. The safety of our clients and team is our first priority.”

Soon, Studio 900 will celebrate its 2nd anniversary, and they’re looking forward to it while also focusing on client and team safety. 

“Our highest priority as we prepare for 2021 is to continue to focus on our COVID safety while still providing excellent hair care and spa service,” says Chappie. “We also look forward to adding staff in 2021 – we currently have 5 of our 24 stations open – and are looking for the right talent to fill them.”

To learn more about Studio 900, visit www.studio900salon.com. There you can find a full list of available services, biographies of the team, and online booking. You an also contact the salon at 513-784-1700.

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Dark underarm skin can be a source of embarrassment to most individuals. The darker armpit prevents some people from dressing in sleeveless tops or any other clothing that exposes their underarm skin in public, and they may also fear participating in sports. Just like discoloration and skin blemishes on other parts of your body, having dark underarms can lead to a lack of confidence and lower self-esteem. Some of the potential causes for underarms becoming darker include; deodorants and antiperspirants, shaving, dead skin cell accumulation, friction smoker’s melanosis, hyperpigmentation, acanthosis nigricans, erythrasma, melisma, and Addison’s disease. A lot of people prefer using natural approaches in addressing the underarm skin problem. Here are some of the ways you can use to whiten your dark underarm skin:

Medical Treatments for Underarm Whitening

Depending on the diagnosis that you require, your dermatologist will prescribe the proper treatment for the dark underarm area. The medical treatments include topical creams or lotions containing hydroquinone, tretinoin, corticosteroids, azelaic acid, kojic acid, laser therapy to remove pigment, and chemical peels with alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids to help exfoliate the skin, dermabrasion or microdermabrasion to cleanse the skin properly. In case you have been diagnosed with the erythrasma, your doctor will likely prescribe topical erythromycin or clindamycin, or an oral antibiotic. You can also find an excellent doctor to guide you at sites such as www.cambridgemedical.com.sg.

Natural Treatment for Underarm Whitening

Lemon

Lemon is one of the most effective remedies used in skin underarm whitening treatment. It is mixed with most ingredients due to its skin whitening property. The lemon is seen to produce a cleansing effect on the skin; it cleans any sweat and dirt and any remedy that may cause skin discoloration to be washed away. That’s why it is recommended to apply moisturizer after rinsing the treatment to restore the skin moisture. 

Tomato Juice

Raw tomatoes are another very useful in underarm whitening treatment. It also helps minimize sweating, which is the primary cause of the darkening of the armpit area. Like lemon juice, tomato juice consists of bleaching properties, which naturally help reduce discoloration. It would be best if you rubbed a slice of raw tomato in your underarms daily. Applying raw tomato juice overnight is going to help too.

Turmeric

Turmeric is considered one of the essential beauty ingredients that help our skin in different ways, aside from being a rich spice. It has got a chemical compound known as curcumin. Curcumin is an antioxidant that helps in whitening the skin in the underarm area. It is considered one of the most effective natural remedies for skin whitening. For a great result, mix turmeric with lemon juice to form a paste. Apply it evenly on the underarm for 15 minutes and rinse with water.

Vitamin E Oil

Mostly dry skin results in pigmentation. Therefore, oil is considered one of the most effective lubricants in getting rid of dry skin. The pigmentation is one of the reasons for armpit darkening as well. Applying your skin with vitamin E oil will help your skin remain moisturized and help reduce pigmentation. Remedies such as coconut oil, almond oil, or any oil is beneficial in such situations.

The first step to addressing your underarm issues is addressing the causes first. It would be best if you started wearing loose-fitting clothes, stop smoking, stop shaving, and use either waxing or laser hair removal instead, and you may also decide to change your deodorant brand. Visit sites such as cambridgemedical.com.sg to get more information on how to whiten and prevent underarm goals.

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