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Meet Illusions Unlimited hairstylist ...

by on 11/30/2013 - 03:16 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

By Mimi Vanderhaven
Growing up in her mother’s hair salon near Panama City Beach, Florida, the spring break capital of the world, stylist Melissa Williams learned a thing or two about sun damaged hair. Now the Vidal Sassoon-trained up-do specialist is working her magic behind the chair at Illusion Unlimited Salons in Broadview Heights, where Mimi caught up with her. Here’s the gist of that interview: 
Mimi: Welcome to Northeast Ohio, Melissa. First, tell us how long have you’ve been in the beauty biz and what inspired you to get started?
Melissa: Without a doubt, my mom has been my biggest inspiration. She was a hair stylist for 30 years and owned a ...

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Meet Illusions Unlimited hairstylist ...

by on 11/30/2013 - 10:50 am
Category: Health & Beauty

By Mimi Vanderhaven
After the better part of a decade in one of New York’s hottest salons, hometown girl Devon Clark has returned to Strongsville, bringing her unique style to the Southwest Suburbs. Mimi caught up with this beauty biz achiever as she was unpacking moving boxes:
Mimi: Welcome home, Devon. First, tell us how long have you’ve been in the beauty biz and what inspired you to get started?
Devon: I’ve always been artistic and fashion oriented and I wanted a career that gave me the opportunity to connect with people and affect them in a very positive way. I’ve been designing hair for a little over eight years, but my experience has ...

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The top seven reasons why regular fac...

by on 11/01/2013 - 11:06 am
Category: Health & Beauty

By Kyla Price
Opened in 2004, A Time to Spa offers luxury amid the comfort of a quaint, cozy, Tuscan-themed building in historic Olmsted Falls.When it comes to taking time for yourself, Lisa says it’s not just about getting pampered. “It's about taking the necessary time to reclaim balance in your busy life,” she says.
Among the spa’s many services are deep cleansing champagne oil facial massages, extractions and masks; mineral baths, foot massages and pedicures; full-body, detoxifying mud wraps; hot bamboo, aromatherapy and hot stone massages; shellac manicures; and a full line of waxing options. 
Some folks view facials as being a mer ...

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Don’t get stung!

by on 10/30/2013 - 04:29 pm
Category: Home

By Gary Jones, Ideal Pest Control
Nothing shuts down the fun of an outdoor activity like someone getting stung by a wasp or yellow jacket. Especially in the spring, we see plenty of nests in, on, and around homes.
The best way to protect your family is by preventing stinging insects from nesting near you. And the best way to do that is with a structural power spray. This is not the same thing as a pressure wash.
At Ideal Pest Control, we spray your house with different types of products designed to kill insects and prevent them from nesting. We outline the entire structure with spray, including peaks, eaves, windows, soffits, shutters, corner posts, doorways, handr ...

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How to hire a contractor

by on 10/30/2013 - 04:03 pm
Category: Home

By Brent Moore, Moore Home Remodeling
Q: How do I know if the contractor I’ve chosen is really as good as he says he is? —Tijana Z., Avon Lake 
A: There is no “one” factor to consider when hiring a contractor.  
For example, both start time and job duration may have importance to you but should by no means be your only determining factor. A contractor with an excellent reputation is probably in higher demand and most likely isn’t sitting around waiting for the next job. That’s one indicator that he’s a good contractor.
Costs are important to everyone. An experienced contractor who believes in good cu ...

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How hair and makeup work together

by on 10/30/2013 - 03:07 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

By Mimi Vanderhaven
Cosmetics prodigy Rob Thoma is using his foundation in makeup application to create gorgeous color and cuts for his clients at Illusion Unlimited Salons, in Broadview Heights. Mimi caught up with the young artist between appointments in his busy schedule. This is what happens when hair and makeup work together.
Mimi: Rob, tell us how long you’ve been in the beauty biz?
Rob: It started three years ago when I was hired at Sephora, the cosmetics retailer. I learned a lot there and found a new passion—using makeup as a tool to make a connection with others. From there I expanded my vision to providing a more complete menu of beauty services. Tha ...

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Meet the Laus Deo Salon artist: Jessi...

by on 10/28/2013 - 04:54 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

By Nina Polien Light
Q: How did you get into the hair industry?  
Jessica: As far back as I can remember, I was always styling my friends’ hair and my own. A neighbor suggested I go to cosmetology school. That’s when I really fell in love with the industry.
Q: What is your specialty?   
Jessica: I love creating a complete look, but my favorite is color. It’s a relatively easy way to give someone a fresh look that really changes her appearance.
Q: What is the most challenging request a guest has made? How did you achieve it?  
Jessica: Someone wanted to go from a very dark shade to very blonde in one visit, which often isn&rs ...

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Stop the bees and wasps!

by on 10/28/2013 - 12:56 pm
Category: Home

By Gary Jones
Right now most bee and wasp nests are about the size of a golf ball, but with these stinging insects working 24/7, nests can quickly grow to the size of a basketball. It happens because most people do not generally walk around their property looking up, and few homeowners have the time to inspect their property every few days. As a result, nests can grow very large—and dangerous—before being noticed.
The best thing you can do right now to protect your family is to perform some basic preventive maintenance with a structural power spray. Different from a power wash, a structural power spray destroys existing nests, discourages the building of new nes ...

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What kind of insurance coverage do I ...

by on 10/23/2013 - 09:09 am
Category: Smart Living

By Mimi Vanderhaven
Kindra Smith, a South Carolina native, founded her own agency 16 years ago before merging with her husband, Ron, to form Consultative Insurance Group, in Middleburg Heights. Mimi sat down with her to discuss some of the intricacies involved with insurance today and to find out why many people don’t take the time to make sure they have the best protection plans.
Mimi: The process of comparing insurance companies seems faster and easier than ever, right?
Kindra: It might be faster, but it’s troubling to think that people may be making decisions without full knowledge of what makes a comparable quote. Getting the lowest price may not give you t ...

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Minkin’s Music: Rocking Playhouse Square

by on 10/22/2013 - 04:32 pm
Category: Arts & Entertainment

By Jay Minkin
Broadway is going rock and roll.
Playhouse Square is offering four upcoming shows that hit on a different era of music history.   
Once is a small indie film that was released in 2007 and features musicians Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová who record music as The Swell Season. Hansard and Irglová composed and performed all of the original songs in the film about a Dublin, Ireland street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. The 2012 Tony Award-winning musical comes to Playhouse Square November 12-24, 2013.  
Trip b ...

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