Asian-inspired folding fans and hand-painted cherry blossoms adorn the walls of Options Salon & Spa, a destination for hair, body, and skin services available six days a week. To create silky smooth locks, the resident stylists reach for KeraCare and Paul Mitchell products as well as natural-looking extensions, which are intricately sewn, fused, or braided into the hair. During exfoliating body scrubs, aestheticians massage epidermises with a sea-salt or sugar mixture, which is blended with aromatic scents such as rose or cranberry pomegranate. The crew also caters to male clientele with personalized spa packages that include a men’s facial, an all-natural mani-pedi, a deep-tissue massage, and an optional celebratory chest bump.
Polished’s all-out manicure soothes skin and smoothes gnarled nails. A citrus exfoliation treatment washes out dead skin cells and unclogs packed pores, while a paraffin dip bathes hands in a warm wax to relieve stiff joints and muscles. Nails are filed and styled, and an orange-perfumed hand and arm massage refreshes like a cool breeze whispering through an Ocala orange grove.
Exposed ductwork and an installation piece made of twigs hang over racks teeming with colorful OPI polish. It’s within this sleek, modern environment that aesthetician Alix quickly transforms patrons—not with polish, but with wax. She leads clients into private treatment rooms, where she deftly removes unwanted hair from the face and body.
Oana Schultz, the experienced manicure technician of Fringe Salon's Perfectly Polished Nails, decorates finger-claws with a full slate of nail services. Keep talon upkeep to a minimum with a Shellac or Gelish manicure, which employ gel polish that paints on like its non-gel counterparts but eludes damage like the star of a four-part action-movie franchise. Manicures are available in an eye-popping spectrum of resilient, smudge-free solids and glittery shades. Vibrant keratin coatings last for up to two weeks, and since the manicures require no drying time, the application only takes between 45 and 60 minutes. This Groupon can be used over the course of two separate visits, unless customers spontaneously grow a second set of hands during their first appointment.
East Town Spa’s aesthetic teams regularly trek around the country to hone their beautifying expertise and study with experienced Bumble and Bumble and Aveda educators. They then tote their refreshed skills back to Milwaukee, where they set to work inside a historic mansion painted in classic rose tones. The team's hair services range from simple trims for beards and mustaches all the way to smoothing treatments for 4-D strand textures. Facials improve complexions with Aveda techniques, and natural baking-soda crystals provide gentle microdermabrasion. A tangerine-tinged pedicure lounge features a cushioned chaise and footbaths, and waxing sessions leave skin surfaces smooth from head to toe.
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.