Skin Alive and its aesthetician school, Mequon Thiensville School of Esthetics, are devoted to the study and practice of skincare. Clients can choose to visit the hands-on student-learning center for aesthetic services performed by students under instructor supervision, or head to the Skin Alive spa for services performed by a licensed professional. Both offer basic beauty services, such as facials, peels, and waxing, but the licensed aestheticians at Skin Alive can also slough off dead skin cells with diamond-tip microdermabrasion, rejuvenate skin with lasers, and vanquish unwelcome hair with laser hair-removal treatments that leave skin smoother than a cue ball smothered in olive oil.
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.
• For $37, you get a one-hour massage (up to a $60 value) and an eye treatment (a $15 value) plus complimentary aromatherapy (up to a $75 value). • For $52, you get a one-hour massage (up to a $60 value) and an express facial (a $45 value) (up to a $105 value).
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.
Jean Schneider-Saul is a licensed aesthetician and certified body-contour and detoxification specialist. She started Milieu C Spa to help others find relief from dermal issues with specialty aesthetics and beauty products and to encourage clients to try detoxifying treatments that promote overall wellness. The GlyMed Plus skincare line helps reduce dirt, fine lines, and acne during facial, chemical exfoliation peels, and microdermabrasion treatments. The M'lis product line helps detoxify bodies, as do treatments such as red-light therapy and trips into the infrared sauna.
Inside the tranquil office, the experienced massage therapists at A Touch of Heaven employ personalized handiwork to unwind burdened bodies. Professionally trained in a variety of techniques, from Swedish massage to trigger-point therapy, the muscle mavens tailor 60-minute massages to each client’s needs and particular areas of concern. Aromatherapy soothes senses with pleasing aromas, and a revitalizing eye treatment diminishes fine lines and reduces puffiness, dryness, and any bothersome issues related to peering into the ninth dimension.
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