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.
Combining a background in elementary education and more than 30 years of experience in massage, Profoundly Peaceful Massage's licensed therapist, Mary Beth Rezek, balances minds and bodies with customized massage treatments amid a stress-free environment. Minds are unwound with an one-hour Swedish massage as long, flowing strokes are sent gliding across the body, helping to improve circulation and kneading out aches. Bestowed from the deft hands of Kahuna Auntie Maile Napoleon, Rezek deftly enacts an ancient Hawaiian lomi lomi massage by commencing with a healing chant. Blending vibration, elbow, and deep-pressure work, the massage style aims to relax muscles during the one-hour session while releasing stress faster than a cheetah drives a getaway car. The session concludes with a hot-stone application and a tapping of bamboo sticks lightly across the skin.
Esthetics by Liliya's sanctuary houses aestheticians who administer regenerative beauty treatments, such as facials, peels, and waxing services. The 80-minute complexion facial starts with a skin analysis, which informs aestheticians on how to properly implement customized cleansing measures, before an enzyme exfoliation mask opens pores, necessary extractions are made, and an additional mask is designed based on your skin type and Halloween costume. The treatment concludes with a moisturizer application and soothing face, shoulder, hand, and head massage.
Top Styles Salon owner Mary Steffan is a licensed cosmetologist and medical aesthetician. She freshens up women’s looks with haircuts and highlights, and keeps men looking dapper with eyebrow trims and mustache and beard shaping. Skin gets some face time with Mary during 10-minute glycolic peels that remove the damaged outer layers, as well as during makeup applications for weddings and shopping trips to the fancy grocery store in town.