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Lunatic Fringe Salon – Sharonville

Today, I just wanted to talk about my great experience at the Lunatic Fringe Salon in Sharonville. It had been a year and three months since I’d had my hair cut – life just got so busy and I was enjoying how long it was getting. But I finally reached a point where it was getting really hard to dye with only one box of dye and I was noticing the split ends a lot, so I knew it was time to get a hair cut. My anxiety has been really bad lately, and I got to a place where I was anxious about how I looked knowing that I needed a haircut, but I was just as anxious at the thought of trying a new hair salon. I decided that this would be a good opportunity to force myself to try something new instead of waiting for an appointment at my usual place. (That may not make sense to everyone – but when my anxiety is really bad, giving in to it often makes it worse, so I wanted to fight back a little).

There’s a convenient online form on Lunatic Fringe’s website, which made setting up the appointment a breeze. On Wednesday morning, I used the form to request an appointment after work that day, and I received a confirmation email pretty quickly. I love how easy it was to book the appointment because that made it impossible for me to chicken out and give in to my anxiety.

I arrived a few minutes early and was greeted by the owner Greg, who seemed like such a genuinely nice guy. He offered me a complimentary beverage (they have wine and water and more), which I thought was really nice customer service and really exemplified the customer-focused atmosphere. I then met my stylist Paige who was so lovely. She immediately asked me about my sparkly nail polish and showed me her own pink sparkly nails, and I felt immediately at ease. She is the kind of person who seems to take a genuine interest in others, and I really enjoyed our conversations throughout the appointment. Immediately, my last bit of anxiety at getting a haircut just melted away.

Paige took me to the lather lounge, a separate room used for shampooing, and used their new Kerastase products on my hair. These products smelled so nice and really left my hair feeling smooth and tangle-free. She also did a complimentary hair mask which felt luxurious. She did an amazing job at cutting my hair and the results were exactly what I wanted – still as long as possible but with no split ends. Now, days later, my hair still feels amazing from the products, and I’m seriously considering buying the shampoo she used on my hair: Kerastase Bain Magistral. (Tip: if you get this shampoo, you really only need a small amount. A little goes a really long way, so the container will probably last quite a while).

The salon as a whole just had a really nice ambiance. Everything seemed warm and inviting. The space itself was so clean and well-lit. They are really reasonably priced (my haircut was $40). They sell Paul Mitchell and Kerastase products as well as Jane Iredale makeup. Everyone there seemed so friendly. Their website states, “Our guests leave the salon as a member of the Lunatic Fringe family, with the knowledge and tools needed to recreate their style at home. We serve the community by going above and beyond to provide exceptional service and quality results during every guest experience.” This was absolutely true. I felt so comfortable at this salon, and I’m thrilled with the results. If you need a haircut and are in the Greater Cincinnati Area, I highly recommend this place. You won’t be disappointed!


The Tea Parlor 

If you’re looking for a fun, chic thing to do with a friend (and you live in the greater Cincinnati area), I highly recommend The Tea Parlor in Liberty Township.

This is such a lovely place with the most relaxed but fancy ambiance. My friend Katie and I visited last month for the full tea, and we savored every single bite. They make everything themselves, and it really shows because the food was so incredibly delicious!

Each month, the menu for full tea changes to reflect the theme for that month. You can also choose to just have a dessert tea, cream tea, or savory tea if you don’t want to get everything on the menu. The portions are small but I still felt very full afterwards because there was so much included still in the full tea, plus we were sipping tea and water the whole time.

This adorable place is run out of a woman’s home – it’s sort of annexed to one side of her house so you won’t feel like you’re infringing on someone’s personal space. There’s also plenty of parking available which is great. They’ve been open for 12 years, which is an incredible feat for any small business. They’re open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from noon to 5, and it’s preferable that you make reservations to ensure there is room that day.

Katie and I went on a rainy day and we were sat right by a window, and it just felt so lovely and cozy. I definitely want to go back with my mom because she would love this too. The full tea is $23 a person, but it is absolutely worth the splurge!

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Lines of Sight

I typically blog about makeup, and occasionally about fashion, but since my website is “Cincy” Couture, I think I want to start including some information about fabulous cultural and artistic events in the greater Cincinnati area. Right now, I’m currently obsessed with lineillism – a new style of painting developed by local artist Jim “J. C.” Hall who is also the subject of a new documentary Lines of Sight. This technique, similar to pointillism, is comprised of tiny vertical lines, and the artist developed the technique after suffering a stroke and spending months where there were lots of vertical lines impeding his vision.

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Right now, the Sharonville Cultural Arts Center is exhibiting a retrospective on Hall’s lifetime of art, including many of his lineillism pieces. Last Friday, they held a special screening on the documentary, and hopefully they’ll be showing it again before the exhibit closes at the end of May.

While the art is phenomenal and absolutely brilliant, the personal details about Hall’s past make the whole exhibit come together. He focuses so much on sharing his experiences of grief and struggle: he tragically lost his beloved wife a few years ago, he has struggled with substance abuse in the past and is a fervent AA devotee, he has battled and continues to battle health issues. It’s clear that, more than anything else, Hall’s mission is to bring hope to others. His art is meant to inspire and encourage those going through similar difficulties. He is truly a remarkable man, and I’m so glad that he was given a grant through ArtsWave to be able to share this traveling museum exhibit, the documentary, and teach others the exquisite lineillism technique.

If you’re going to be in the Sharonville area in May, be sure to stop by the Sharonville Cultural Arts Center’s Westheimer Gallery to see this retrospective. They are open Thursdays from 3pm-7pm , Fridays from 3pm-7pm , and Saturdays from 10am-2pm.