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.
While awaiting simple trims or hair-smoothing keratin infusions at Salon Orlin, guests lounge in comfy leather chairs and pipe in music through their smartphones from the salon's Internet jukebox. Skilled stylists nourish tresses with vitamin C, create stunning styles with flatiron curling or updos, and manicure brows and faces with waxing. Tanning beds add healthy splashes of color to skin, and "juicing" adds healthy splashes of color to hair.
In her more than six years in the industry, aesthetician Lena Golden has earned a loyal customer following as well as an esteemed nickname: the Skin Guru. Since solidifying her reputation as one of Milwaukee's distinguished beauty experts, Lena has repurposed herself under the new name of Golden Vanity. Here, she and best friend and resident hair stylist, Janelle Bonus, form a creative and aesthetic partnership that beautifies their clients from the inside out. A seven-year shearing veteran, Janelle uses her deft scissors to shape hair into stylish new looks while transforming strands with all-over color and strategic foil placement. With Lena’s art adorning the walls, the seasoned aesthetician specializes in skincare treatments including microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and a trio of specialty facials that she named after their intended spiritual target—heart, crown, and third eye. Lena can also customize each treatment with add-ons that enhance specific features such as anti-aging galvanic eye treatments, lip exfoliation, and clown noses.
With a mother who was a stylist and owner of two salons, Tyler grew up in the industry. He built his repertoire of styling techniques while training under Salon Thor’s senior stylists, and now spends his days cutting new 'dos. He also colors hair with highlights or an ombre effect, and smoothes frizz using keratin treatments.
Laura at Luxe The Salon wields top-shelf products to beautify clients. The spa’s stylist, Laura Filip, blends organic color and styling products as she dolls up tresses with precision cuts and coloring treatments. She saves the most organic product—her own hands—for her best work, expertly crafting updos abundant with curls and twists. By using these natural formulations, Laura helps maintain the overall health of hair as well as follicles' integrity without subjecting them to an ethics lecture. This dedication to quality service and products extends to spa treatments as well, deploying Eminence skincare products to brighten complexions and NovaLash extensions to define lash lines.