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.
Hair Feather Styles’ festive and fashionable extensions vary in length up to 8 inches, and appear in a wide selection of designs, from natural hair colors and textures to a colorful spectrum of eye-catching complexions. A professional stylist consults with each client to discuss placement and proper care before a brief 10-minute application (per feather), applying feathers with silicone-lined microlinks designed to not cut or damage follicles, unlike attaching extensions through aluminum crimps or iron welding. Once safely adhered to the hair, extensions may be safely removed in seconds, or can stay in place for months, enduring washing, curling, straightening, coloring, or hosting a hair-gel slip ’n slide.
At Lora's Skin Touch, meticulous skin analyses and consultations pave the way for custom treatments. Facials swaddle skin in exfoliating alpha-hydroxy acid, rejuvenating ocean-sourced ingredients and, in the case of microdermabrasion, diamonds. Combined with hot basalt-stone massages and attentive aestheticians, these treatments rejuvenate exteriors and dispel stress.