If there's one thing Danielle Szymanski and her husband Dale have in common, it's a love of helping people. Danielle found an outlet for that love early on, when she got her cosmetology license after attending separate schools for hair and nails to reap the best education possible, worked backstage at a number of hair shows, and eventually opened Splash Hair Design & Spa in 2006. Dale took a little longer. As only a significant other could, Danielle knew that Dale had a real gift for massage, and repeatedly tried to convince him to attend school to hone his talent. After four years, he finally relented and registered for the Wisconsin School of Massage Therapy, where he earned the nickname Magic Hands, graduated, and soon began performing tension-melting massages for clients at Splash.
At their stylish salon and spa, Danielle and Dale oversee a team of independent contractors with a minimum of five years of experience apiece as they beautify, pamper, and soothe each client that walks through the door. On the sun-drenched stylists' floor decked in flowing window treatments and a hand-painted mural, clients kick back in cushy black chairs as hairdressers enhance locks with flattering cuts, vibrant color, transformative texture treatments, and formal styles for weddings and teddy-bear weddings. A cluster of tranquil treatment rooms beckon guests in for pore-purifying facials, waxing services, and of course, Dale's legendary massage treatments, which one client attests are enough to make her drool.
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.
Groom for Men is a 2007 Best of Citysearch Hair Salon guided by the expert eye and skilled hands of original owner Theri DeJoode, whose studies took her to Vidal Sassoon and back again. The salon's talented staff of barbettes take modern styles and apply them to classic men's heads with a detailed cut and styling (up to $46) compounded by the soothing treatment of deep shampooing and conditioning, scalp massage, a neck and shoulder rub, brow and ear trimming, and a smooth neck shave. Reinvention blossoms from the shoulders up as gentlemen's cranial silhouettes become eye-catchingly dapper and their cheeks become positively edible to the adoring kisses of household pets.
East Town Spa & Salon’s aesthetic teams regularly trek around the country to hone their beautifying expertise and study with experienced Bumble and bumble and Aveda educators. They then tote their refreshed skills back to Milwaukee, where they set to work inside a historic mansion painted in classic rose tones. The team's hair services range from simple trims for beards and mustaches all the way to smoothing treatments for 4-D strand textures. Facials improve complexions with Aveda techniques, and natural baking-soda crystals provide gentle microdermabrasion. A tangerine-tinged pedicure lounge features a cushioned chaise and footbaths, and waxing sessions leave skin surfaces smooth from head to toe.
Asian-inspired folding fans and hand-painted cherry blossoms adorn the walls of Options Salon & Spa, a destination for hair, body, and skin services available six days a week. To create silky smooth locks, the resident stylists reach for KeraCare and Paul Mitchell products as well as natural-looking extensions, which are intricately sewn, fused, or braided into the hair. During exfoliating body scrubs, aestheticians massage epidermises with a sea-salt or sugar mixture, which is blended with aromatic scents such as rose or cranberry pomegranate. The crew also caters to male clientele with personalized spa packages that include a men’s facial, an all-natural mani-pedi, a deep-tissue massage, and an optional celebratory chest bump.
The team at Roots Salon beautifies clients from head to toe with a full slate of services. Stylists revamp manes with trendy cuts and color, as well as add instant length with hair extensions. Inside private rooms, aestheticians tailor treatments to clients’ skin concerns—reducing sun damage with chemical peels and boosting collagen with phyto-stem technology. Soreness melts away beneath soothing massage kneads, and complexions are quickly enhanced with waxing treatments and makeup applications.