Aesthetician Shelley Sharp has seen a multitude of skin issues in her career, which has ranged from managing the spa at The Grand Hotel to being named the official aesthetician for the Miss Minnesota and Mrs. Iowa pageants. Shelley now puts her skincare knowledge to work at her namesake spa, tucked within the Lifespan Clinic. Five facials for women and men target dehydrated, acneic, and aging skin types, while exfoliating microdermabrasion and AHA chemical peels foster complexions and keep faces smooth enough to glide right down any bowling lanes they come into contact with. Clients can doll up eyes with a lash-tinting service and whisk away stray strands with facial waxing.
From the outside, Cut it Out Salon looks like any other storefront. But nestled between a dry cleaner and Redwing Shoes, the unassuming shop conceals a vibrant, charmingly cartoonish vision of the countryside. Themed murals cover the entire interior, transforming drywall into bay windows with shutters opening onto imaginary seaside breezes.
Surrounded by this tableau, Sandi Crawford and Beth Phillips revamp headscapes with classic cuts, intricate updos, tightly wound perms, or various coloring services. The two also turn their attention to faces, waxing brows, lips, or Mt. Rushmore Chia pets, and blasting away fine lines and uneven complexions with microcurrent facials.
The experienced staff at Twiggs Salon, lauded as one of the top 100 salons in the United States by Elle, transforms follicle farms with salon and spa services. After an in-depth consultation, talented scissor-wielders sculpt manes into fashionable coifs with stylish snips, keratin treatments, color services, or toupees from the Golden Age. The staff also revamps mugs with a professional makeup application and four types of facials, and creates gleaming phalanges with nail services. To target unwanted foliage, aestheticians swiftly remove unsightly hair from faces, limbs, and crannies with waxing treatments.
At Mary Page Esthetique, lash specialist Mary Page enhances gazes with the synthetic or mink length of semipermanent E’lan lash extensions. Before applications, complimentary consultations explore clients' fashion tastes with a spread of lashes in different lengths and curves, allowing eyes to flash styles that suit their shapes and freestyle wink technique. During each two-hour application, the lash technician affixes faux fringe to closed lids, latching each strand individually to existing lashes. Extensions endure for up to six weeks, depending on lifestyle and tendencies to kiss butterflies. Mary Page recommends pretreatment tinting for very light lashes and a trial run for sensitive peepers.
One look around Seidou Salon Spa tells clients what level of luxury they can expect to find there. From the mounted flat-screen TV that hangs in front of the black leather styling chairs to the porcelain footbaths that squat at the foot of two padded pedicure thrones, the setting suggests a dedication to pampering rarely seen outside of an Olympic cooing match. The private treatment rooms where massages take place even feature a corner tub, in which clients can indulge in hydrotherapy treatments that either relieve soreness with camphor or soften skin with mango, lime, and aloe.
The center's treatments range in nature from clinical to holistic, sometimes incorporating solutions of lactic or salicylic acid—chemical peels—and sometimes favoring Eastern healing methods—acupuncture and chakra-balancing massages. As an Aveda salon, Seidou Salon Spa has access to popular hair-color and conditioning products, and it upholds this standard by also carrying nail polish from OPI, skin creams from PCA Skin, and appointment books made of recycled newspaper clippings of the first moon landing.
Inside a tiled sanctuary, puffs of perfumed steam swim through the air, hovering just above the surface of a Japanese soaking tub. This is no ordinary bathtub. It’s the site of Fusion LifeSpa’s curative bath, a treatment that helps clients unwind in tinctures of hot mustard, spicy ginger, or lavender. Inspired by holistic Asian medicine and therapeutic European techniques, services such as curative baths embody Fusion LifeSpa’s eclectic influences.
In the front waiting area, staff members welcome clients with warm cups of organic green tea, a fitting complement to the spa’s feng shui decor. Inside the treatment rooms, European spa treatments—such as massages and facials—contrast Asian-inspired services, including the jasmine facial mask, which makes use of the spa's proprietary skincare line. Other services, such as a footbath inspired by a Moroccan hammam, cleanse the body with natural assistance from organic coffee, tangerines, and figs. And for holistic care, the spa’s acupuncture services can realign energy lines faster than an electrician trained in heart surgery.