Since becoming a certified stylist in 1997, Frances has been an educator for Matrix International and has worked international beauty shows and New York’s Fashion Week. Committed to continued education, she has also pursued advanced training with both the Aveda Institute and the Redken Exchange in Manhattan.
Frances continues to propel standards at her own salon, Belleza, particularly with her signature Brazilian blowout treatments. In an attempt to reduce clients’ contact with formaldehyde, she has modified her treatments in two ways—first, she offers clients the option of using Zero+ or lite formulas. The Zero+ solution is formaldehyde-free, and lite treatments are applied in an express time frame that minimizes exposure to the product. Secondly, Frances has invested in two modern technologies that reduce airborne pollutants: Izunami fume irons, whose built-in suction components draw fumes from the air, and the Pure Air chemical-fume extraction system, featuring a 16-inch hood that is positioned above a client’s head to oxidize chemicals while also suffusing her brain with new vocab words.
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.
Vero's menu silences the chatters of sweet teeth with sugar-laced treats such as Venetian-style fried dough, decadent hot and cold specialty drinks, and more than 60 flavors of homemade gelato and sorbet. Dessert definitions are challenged with bowls of frosty spaghetti and meatballs ($4.99), which feature noodle-shaped vanilla gelato festooned with coconut shavings, a strawberry topping, and two spherical scoops of chocolate ice cream. Mouths can celebrate the union of divergent temperatures as they nibble through the warm fried-dough base and unwarm gelato ceiling of the hot-and-cold sundae dough ($5.99), or revel wholly in frozen flavors with a fresh-squeezed lemon shaky ($2.49), both refreshing and sweet, like a school teacher who dispenses discipline with a super soaker. Pep-deficient steps might opt for one of Vero’s coffee-based libations, such as a black eye ($2.49 for a single) that slugs exhaustion with a one-two punch of fresh coffee and two espresso shots.
Featured by the Consumer Guide to Plastic Surgery, Solaris Medical Spa harbors a staff of professionals well versed in age-battling skin treatments. Patrons seeking a newly polished opera mask can entrust their countenances to the adroit hands of board-certified physician and pharmacist Dr. Marsha Davis. The anti-aging facial smooths skin and discourages wrinkles caused by squinting at the pool-noodle-riddled surface of Loch Ness (a $90 value). Opt for a one-hour deep pore facial to ferret out obstinate blackheads (a $90 value), or choose an exfoliating facial (a $90 value) to eradicate patches of desert from the visage biome. Personalized chemical peels can curtail the signs of acne, sun damage, and fine lines ($70–$90). Depending on the type of peel, clients may need little to no downtime before they can test their results by joining a local porcupine-nuzzling tournament.
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.