Named a Top Salon by Milwaukee Magazine in 2006, Bella Lei gives clients an upscale spa experience in an intimate setting. Take advantage of these environs and spend 60 minutes the Swedish way ($70 value), as trained massage therapists use firm pressure and complicated kneading techniques to untie knots and burst stress bubbles. Twitching muscles frequently relax after these sessions and show a marked improvement in standardized testing scores. For clients looking for a fresher front, the Vivo Facial ($70 value) uses a marine mask to create an even tone, while a full hand, arm, face, and décolleté massage carries the glow up through your neck and down to your fingertips like a carrier pigeon on a Fantastic Voyage.
Oh Heavenly Tan meticulously bronzes color-hungry skin with a selection of airbrush and UV tanning options. The Level I airbrush tan coats the client's island-aspiring epidermis with a hydrating, color-enhancing spray to create an equator-dwelling appearance without spending hours in the sun or buying a pirate ship. To complement the airborne body glow, a Level I stand-up tan saturates skin with dermis-darkening UV rays. The nine-minute session is conducted in one of Oh Heavenly's spacious stand-up tanning beds, featuring a digital timer, advanced body-cooling system, and two stereo speakers for piping in radio hits or recordings of Sam Elliott reading a Judy Blume book.
At the age of 11, Peggy Newlan began sculpting her mother's hair into beehives and french twists. She practiced on friends and family members, her fingers becoming more and more adept as she styled manes and picked locks. Despite her innate talent for hairstyling, Newlan pursued a career in accounting and banking. Eventually, she returned to her true calling, joined ooh la la Salon, and purchased the company in 2003.
Newlan now leads a team of stylists, as well as a massage therapist and a skincare expert who is an educator at Florida Academy. The beauty specialists perform a variety of services, from cuts, highlights, and ionic hair straightening to nailcare and spa services such as facials, massages, waxes, and spray tans.
When licensed massage therapist Sarah Rodriguez performs a massage, she draws from her experience as a former physical-therapy aid, and on her body-mapping skills. That's why she incorporates stretching and other therapeutic techniques in her Swedish and deep-tissue sessions, helping muscles relax and recover from injury. Using body mapping, Sarah locates trigger points that indicate pain patterns within the body. With this therapeutic bent in mind, she gears her massages to help guests overcome a range of ailments, from headaches and trouble sleeping to lower back pain, and she is often referred by doctors, physical therapists, and chiropractors.
Le Bijou Salon & Spa helps clients find inner tranquility while enhancing their exteriors. The salon’s stylists shear tresses into new ‘dos and alter colors in front of gold-framed mirrors. Aestheticians perform facial treatments with seaweed and essential oils, customizing products to banish crow’s feet or renew cheeks worn out from communing with puffer fish. They also lavish hands and feet with spa treatments and wax away unwanted fuzz from any area—even ears. Meanwhile, the spa’s massage therapists invite aching bodies into private treatment rooms, where they knead muscles in modalities that range from prenatal to craniosacral.
Serendipity Hair Studio cultivates a family-like atmosphere with a staff of experienced and always friendly hair stylists and nail technicians. Tricia Theall is one of four hairstylists, and her expertise with Redken Centricity and her training with HotHeads hair extensions and Keratin by Coppola help her to beautify clients to their specifications. She is also always up-to-date on the latest trends and particularly enjoys working with clients trying the most recent looks. The salon in which Tricia and her cohorts ply their trade features elegant framed mirrors, artwork on the walls, and floors that, like lumberjacks' cell phones, are hardwood.