As part of Milieu C Spa, The Nail Bar is the place to pamper hands and feet. Along with standard mani-pedis, techs can further soothe hands with a conditioning almond-milk bath, or take feet to the tropics with a pineapple-mango pedicure. Long-lasting Shellac mani-pedis can be free of chips for up to 14 days. For a little extra flair, nail techs also can add glitter and painted designs.
Seated in one of Allure Salon & Spa's plush salon chairs, visitors look out over the bubbling brooks of the Milwaukee River as skilled stylists and aestheticians tend to their hair and complexions with a long list of beautifying services. Swathed in earth tones and adorned with rustic accents—from redbrick walls to wooden cabinets that hold the aestheticians’ very own additive-free products—the upscale salon attempts to capture the peacefulness of the river outside with exfoliating facials, soothing aromatherapy massages, and rejuvenating body treatments. Stylists design hair for men, women, and children, coloring or highlighting longer strands before arranging them into shapes inspired by the bold, fin-like structure of the nearby Milwaukee Art Museum.
Clipping, filing, and buffing nails are just the beginning of the mani-pedi experience at Kowalski's Polish. The real treat is watching the nail technicians turn their service into an art, painting everything from animal prints to bumblebees and piano keys on canvases of keratin. Digits are further enhanced with a pinch of glitter, or 3-D embellishments such as miniature gold balls or Avatar finger puppets.
The skin saviors at Q-ticles enlist natural oxygen and Bioelements products to revitalize dull or prematurely aging visages. As massages relax sore limbs and stressed faces, aestheticians launch into a one-hour process that includes a thorough skin analysis, deep cleanse, as-needed extractions, and a warm-up comedy routine. Enzyme-based exfoliants prep faces for a thorough scrubbing at the hands of a rotating brush, and Clarisonic’s Opal Sonic infuser carries anti-aging serum deep into pore’s recesses.
Aesthetician Sara Bohlmann has many tools at her disposal for making skin look its best, from the Image skincare products she uses to create custom facials to the cosmetics she applies during special-occasion makeup sessions. Sara often follows facials with advice on maintaining a proper skincare routine, a practice that helps clients get the most out of Sara's services and stops them from removing their makeup with paint thinner. Sara's successful practices have been noticed by Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee 2012 as she was nominated "Best Aesthetician" in the online publication's medical category.