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Pictured are Exhale Studio Salon & Spa owners/stylists Rachel Smith and Valerie Kincaid at their studio on Sept. 6 in Mattoon.

ROB STROUD, JOURNAL GAZETTE & TIMES-COURIER

MATTOON -- Exhale Studio Salon & Spa offers full service hair styling, a variety of spa services, and new spray tanning options.

Veteran stylists Rachel Smith and Valerie Kincaid opened Exhale Studio in 2010 at 1613 Charleston Ave., Suite 1, on the ground floor of the Trinity Tower building. Kincaid said their goal is to create an environment where guests can escape their hectic schedules for a few moments and "exhale" while receiving individualized, professional services.

Exhale Studio is a Paul Mitchell Focus salon. The studio is dedicated to continuous education and building enduring and rewarding relationships with its clientele and the community. Smith said customer service is important to everyone at Exhale Studio, so they recognize every guest as being their ultimate focus and being deserving of the highest level of service they can provide.

For example, the front desk and phone line at Exhale Studio is regularly staffed by Deborah Cowger. She is on hand to greet clients, answer their questions, and schedules appointments.

Since opening Exhale Studio, Kincaid and Smith have steadily expanded their service menu. They have added additional massage therapists, body waxing, skin treatments, nail services and hair extensions. Smith said having all of these services available together in one location enables clients to combine services together for a spa experience.

Kincaid and Smith also have become certified through Eyes on Cancer, an organization that seeks to advance the prevention and early detection of cancer through education in the beauty industry.

Exhale Studio's newest addition in professional services is offering BodiBronze Spray Tan. Kincaid said they had received several requests from clients for BodiBronze. Smith said they partnered with BodiBronze because it mirrored their philosophy of being customer service focused while providing consistent, reliable results.

"I just thought it is a great addition to what we already offer," Smith said.

BodiBronze products and solutions are vegan, gluten-free, paraben-free, and non-comedogenic. They are formulated using eco-certified DHA. Kincaid said BodiBronze technicians must complete training and testing to become certified and are evaluated every quarter to ensure flawless spray tan applications.

Exhale Studio is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday each week. Appointments can be made by calling the studio at 217-234-CUTS. More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/ExhaleStudio/.

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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