Seated in one of Allure Salon & Spa's plush salon chairs, visitors look out over the bubbling brooks of the Milwaukee River as skilled stylists and aestheticians tend to their hair and complexions with a long list of beautifying services. Swathed in earth tones and adorned with rustic accents—from redbrick walls to wooden cabinets that hold the aestheticians’ very own additive-free products—the upscale salon attempts to capture the peacefulness of the river outside with exfoliating facials, soothing aromatherapy massages, and rejuvenating body treatments. Stylists design hair for men, women, and children, coloring or highlighting longer strands before arranging them into shapes inspired by the bold, fin-like structure of the nearby Milwaukee Art Museum.
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.
Dermal expert Laurie Ritchie employs Bioelements skincare products to pamper visages with facials and whisk away fuzz with deft body waxing. Antioxidants, extractions, and alpha-hydroxyl-acids application renew complexions during skincare treatments as accompanying facial, hand, and foot massages evict stress more efficiently than a bouncer tattooed with Zen mantras. Ritchie also renews weary bodies with detoxifying mud and moisturizes dry skinscapes with hydrating creams during her spa treatments.
Dr. Christopher J. Knuth merges his 23 years in the medical community with a dedication to mending skin and soft-tissue injuries and the expertise of his skilled, friendly staff to grant clients effective cosmetic treatments in relaxing, spa-like confines. Wielding pharmaceutical-grade products such as Latisse, SkinCeuticals, and Obagi, the physician and his staff sculpt ravishing exteriors through a range of services.
Microdermabrasion and chemical peels rediscover the face's hidden youth by wiping away dull outer cells, and vein therapy fades unsightly blood vessels that are visible through skin. The Lumenis AcuPulse CO2 laser helps treat superficial and deep fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and acne scars. Clients revel in the care, heaping accolades upon the staff and declaring their experiences at Aspen Medical Aesthetics and Laser Clinic as "nothing but a pleasure" and "definitely worth it."
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.