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Celebrating 34 years in business this year, a staple to the downtown beauty scene found a new street-level home. Keep reading for all the exciting details.

 

Paragon Salon recently opened its new street-level space. Customers can now visit for a one-stop salon shop.

Looking for a one-stop shop when it comes to pampering yourself? Paragon Salon, located on 5th Street near fountain square in downtown Cincinnati, will have you covered from head-to-toe, offering salon and spa services to both men and women.

Salon owner, Debbie Celek, says the street level relocation of Paragon is about 6000 square feet, and split half-and-half between the salon and spa. “It’s split half-and-half, maybe a little more hair,” explains Celek. “The spa is rather large, with four treatment rooms, a men and women’s locker room, a pedicure room with four chairs in it, and a beautiful relaxation room with a fireplace. We have four nail stations, 16 hair stations, and a huge makeup counter where we have Bare Minerals makeup.”

Even though there was a waiting room at the old location, Celek says Paragon’s new studio has a relaxation room where men and women who are waiting for spa treatments, can come, and unwind before their session. “Everything is very warm, and a little more inviting,” says Celek. “The relaxation room is by itself, that way people aren’t walking through it. We have relaxing, organic type, spa music playing, it’s very tranquil, and the colors are very soothing. We have two leather chase chairs that contour to your body, and we serve hot tea.

The men and woman that come in for any type of spa treatment will slip into a robe, and relax in the spa room until their session is ready. I always tell clients to get here about a half hour early so they can experience the relaxation room.”

Celek says everything that was offered at the old location, is still offered at the new location, such as facials, massages, men and women’s hair-cuts, manicures and pedicures, and makeup sessions. “We changed just a couple things, like adding in a party suite, where a whole bridal party can come in and hang their dresses, bring in food, and get ready for the wedding day, or a big group of people for a celebration.”

While this is a salon and spa where you can pamper yourself with many services, Celek says their salon is the most popular. “Hair, we do more than anything because I have more hair dressers,” explains Celek. “I have 100 employees, 50 are hair dressers, and 18 are spa technicians. We do a ton of color, we do everything. We do ombre, we do all over color, we do block color, and we do balayage. We also have a huge male cliental.”

Paragon Salon offers single session services such as a manicure or facial, but they also offer packages for those who want to get more than one service in one visit.

“We offer packages as well,” says Celek. “A client can get a facial, massage, and a manicure, or another popular one which is our Enhanced Bridal package, which includes a European facial, full body massage, a practice formal finish, intense hand treatment, and a spa pedicure. Then on the wedding day, the brides can come back in for a formal finish, and a full-face makeup by Bare Minerals.”

Whether you’re looking to get a single service, or a package, prices vary. A spa pedicure is $60, a manicure is $25, full body massages are $85, and the signature facials are $75.

To learn more about Paragon Salon, or to book an appointment, click here.

 

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Learn about a local hair aficionado who aims to bring big city glam to your coif in her quaint salon.

Em & Co
Em & Co is a local salon that promises to have fun with you and your hair.

Emily Vondohre, 20 year beauty industry veteran, opened the doors at Em & Co Salon three years ago. With its a quaint space and staff that’s more like family then friends, Vondohre says she’s pretty much living the dream.

Vondohre’s passion for hair became apparent at a young age, so she attended Eastern Hills Academy of Hair Design as a young adult and hasn’t looked back since. “I think the first time I heard ‘you should do hair’ was from my high school sister’s friend,” Vondohre recalls. “I came home from my rather short stint at Northern Kentucky University to help them get ready for their first high school dance. It clicked after she said it.”

Vondohre’s hair motto is “just have fun with it.” The highest compliment her clients pay her is when they say “your hair never looks the same.” For Vondohre, this is the magic of hair styling. “Hair is the quickest thing a woman can change about herself,” she asks. “Why be stuck to one look?”

Em & Co’s stylist are independent contractors with an entrepreneurial spirit, looking to bring the best hair services to their clients, Vondohre explains. “My salon wouldn’t run without my staff – Jim, Mary, Hope, Melanie, and Brigitte,” she adds. “However, we all agree that our clients make this the place to go!”

Product and color line vary by stylist, but Vondohre’s go-to are Paul Mitchell and Rusk to create the looks her clients want. According to Vondohre, this summers’ hottest trend is beachy waves with lots of fun color. To compliment this look, Vondohre encourages clients to book a sunless tanning appointment with Brigitte, who specializes in this arena. “Sun exposure ages us and as we all know how horrible the side effects are,” Vondohre says. “Why not spend 15 minutes with Brigitte and look like you just went to the beach?”

Em & Co is located at 4500 Forest Avenue in Norwood and is open Monday through Saturday. You can book an appointment with Emily here. Women’s haircuts are $30 and include a shampoo and blow dry. Color starts at $55. You can find Em & Co’s reviews online.

To learn more about Emily & Co visit their Facebook page.

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