Rumor has it that stylist Kory Baker can french-braid hair with one finger. Rumor or not, she's that good. Amid the wood floors and marshmallow-white walls of Hello Beautiful Salon, Kory flawlessly sculpts layers and rewires hair circuit boards with L'anza color products. Guests also can request the salon's other beautifying services, which range from waxing and nailcare to specialty-makeup applications.
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.
Serendipity Hair Studio cultivates a family-like atmosphere with a staff of experienced and always friendly hair stylists and nail technicians. Tricia Theall is one of four hairstylists, and her expertise with Redken Centricity and her training with HotHeads hair extensions and Keratin by Coppola help her to beautify clients to their specifications. She is also always up-to-date on the latest trends and particularly enjoys working with clients trying the most recent looks. The salon in which Tricia and her cohorts ply their trade features elegant framed mirrors, artwork on the walls, and floors that, like lumberjacks' cell phones, are hardwood.
Hairstylist Jenn Velez fused the names of her two daughters, Melina and Alexus, to title Melxus Hair Studio, a salon that specializes in hair and makeup services. Jenn's stylists clean up the looks of men, women, and children with custom cuts and deep-conditioning treatments, adding length to clients’ manes with extensions, rather than fun-house mirrors. The beauty parlor’s modern tress treatments rely on trending products and techniques, which Jenn stays abreast of with continuing education.
As the name implies, Polished Hair and Nail Lounge keeps clients looking immaculate. Whether treating tresses or toenails, each service is performed using experience gleaned from decades in the beauty industry. Stylists masterfully create new dos with haircuts, doses of color, elegant updos, and smoothing keratin treatments, whereas the resident nail technician decorates digits with Gelish and CND Shellac polish and acrylic nails.
Amanda spends her time at Hi-Lites Salon & Spa beautifying clients' hair and complexions. She snips strands into stylish coifs and paints manes new hues with all-over color or highlights and uses Redken products to amplify the effects of her haircare services. In addition, she also creates hair and makeup looks for special occasions, such as weddings, proms, or talent shows for the salon aquarium's wide-eyed audience.