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Though Gene Pletzer boasts nearly a half century of working with hair restoration, today his salon team puts their talents into a full array of hair, skin, and nail services. Whether clients seek a new style, highlights, or help getting over a fear of blow dryers, the majority of Gene’s stylists bring more than a decade of expertise to each careful snip. As early adopters of keratin treatments, stylists are also thoroughly trained in using Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy, a semipermanent formula that combats frizz and curls to ease daily styling. Elsewhere in the salon, Gene’s nail technicians groom digits with spa manicures and pedicures and aestheticians remove unwanted facial and body hair with waxing treatments.

5502 University Ave
Madison,
WI
US

The stylists at Glo Salon are always happy to help clients transform their looks, whether that's in the form of a simple haircut or a dramatic pop of color. Owner Tracy Palmer leads the group, which offers cut, color, and styling services that utilize professional products from Kevin.Murphy and Sexy Hair. She and her crew also perform Keratin Complex hair-smoothing treatments, which can eliminate up to 95% of frizz for three to five months. Meanwhile, the Babe hair extensions—100% human-hair extensions—come in 25 colors and can be curled, flat-ironed, and used to store post-it-note reminders, just like your natural hair.

8333 Greenway Blvd
Middleton,
WI
US

From facials to couples massages, all of Bedazzled Salon and Day Spa's services focus on revitalizing clients' bodies and spirits. Beauty and wellness—like peas and carrots in a bag of frozen-vegetable medley—go hand in hand at the salon, where the staff strives to beautify and relax clients using only environmentally conscious practices.

11708 Main St
Roscoe,
IL
US

In the late 1920s, the Great Depression was rendering most Americans professionally and financially paralyzed. But in a small California kitchen, Merle Nethercutt Norman was putting a plan in motion to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, knowing that by getting them on as many faces as possible, she would develop a following of customers. She was right—within a few years she and her nephew were opening their first studio in Santa Monica, and they eventually unveiled a series of independently operated stores that enabled women to take ownership during a time of gender-based limitations such as men-only restrooms.

Today, in approximately 2,000 stores across three countries, the three basic principles of Merle's original vision still apply. Each studio is independently owned and fosters an in-depth knowledge of the company's own line of makeup and skincare products. Just as Merle shared her creations with close friends and sallow mannequins more than 80 years ago, today's aestheticians embody the business's "try before you buy" philosophy. A menu of complimentary studio services—from foundation checks to express facials—allows patrons to sample the lauded brand before committing to the purchase of products or full spa treatments.

95 N Moorland Rd
Brookfield,
WI
US

The stylists and aestheticians at the full-service Salon West and Body Works Spa aim to make clients feel beautiful, empowered, and worthy of every minute of pampering. They perform a variety of services to help purge minds and bodies of impurities, from microcurrent facials to acne-clearing scrubs. The salon?s master stylists shampoo and blow-dry hair before sculpting it into busts of George Washington, and steady-handed nail technicians tend to hands and feet with luxurious manicures and pedicures.

16985 W Bluemound Rd Ste 200
Brookfield,
WI
US

While awaiting simple trims or hair-smoothing keratin infusions at Salon Orlin, guests lounge in comfy leather chairs and pipe in music through their smartphones from the salon's Internet jukebox. Skilled stylists nourish tresses with vitamin C, create stunning styles with flatiron curling or updos, and manicure brows and faces with waxing. Tanning beds add healthy splashes of color to skin, and "juicing" adds healthy splashes of color to hair.

13315 Watertown Plank Road
Elm Grove,
WI
US