At De Riah Boutique Salon, exposed brick stands behind large mirrors reflecting stylists as they beautify their charges. Their salon services straighten, curl, and color hair, and they also embellish features with extensions, makeup applications, and ear piercing. Along with standard salon work, they perform luxury nail services and facials.
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.
Since becoming a certified stylist in 1997, Frances has been an educator for Matrix International and has worked international beauty shows and New York’s Fashion Week. Committed to continued education, she has also pursued advanced training with both the Aveda Institute and the Redken Exchange in Manhattan.
Frances continues to propel standards at her own salon, Belleza, particularly with her signature Brazilian blowout treatments. In an attempt to reduce clients’ contact with formaldehyde, she has modified her treatments in two ways—first, she offers clients the option of using Zero+ or lite formulas. The Zero+ solution is formaldehyde-free, and lite treatments are applied in an express time frame that minimizes exposure to the product. Secondly, Frances has invested in two modern technologies that reduce airborne pollutants: Izunami fume irons, whose built-in suction components draw fumes from the air, and the Pure Air chemical-fume extraction system, featuring a 16-inch hood that is positioned above a client’s head to oxidize chemicals while also suffusing her brain with new vocab words.
At The Colour Bowl Salon, licensed cosmetologists tend hair gardens with a variety of grooming services, including cutting, styling, and coloring. Customers can opt for a formal finishing treatment ($45) to increase strands’ health, shine, and empathy for Russian czars. A Brazilian Blowout (price varies) leaves follicles glossy and frizz-free, and a half ($70) or full ($78) head of beam-deflecting highlights can protect bikers on their nightly commutes. A one-step hair coloring ($52) turns blond heads into red heads and bald heads into Easter eggs, and most follicles can feast on nutritious products from Alterna, Enjoy, Simply Organic, and Moroccanoil during their treatments.
The Parlor Salon and Spa serves as the official styling center for the Milwaukee Bucks Energee! dance team, administering tress-to-toe glamor with a talented team of aestheticians and a full line of Aveda products. Haircuts ($16+) combine a shampoo and styling to condition and manage manes before teleporting them to the lighter side of the spectrum with highlighting services ($65+). Enhance digit decorum with a spa manicure ($29+) and pedicure ($44+), or bring epidermal terrain to infant smoothness with facial ($11+) or body waxing ($18+). A full list of facials rounds out the beautification menu with airbrush tanning ($16+) available for bronzing backsides and counterfeit Grammys.