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 Nail Bar?s experienced nail technicians sculpt finger and toe fashions in a modern salon that features minimalist furnishings and lush, steel-gray wallpaper. Clients can slide briefly into crisp, white mani-pedi chairs for express nail shaping Essie or OPI polish, or opt for signature treatment with an exfoliating scrub and application of soothing botanical lotion. Nimble-fingered nail techs also offer long-lasting Shellac gels, which cling flawlessly to nails for up to 14 days or the duration of roughly 81,000 consecutive high fives.
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.
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.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular service: Any color service and cut
Brands Used: All Nutrient hair color (organic color), and Pureology hair products (also organic)
Pro Tip: Before your appointment, grab a coffee or tea
at the The City Market on the corner, three blocks from the lake.
Longtime stylist Elizabeth D'Acquisto opened Salone with her mother Penny and has since expanded it twice to accommodate a 14-person staff and shelves of Aveda products. The salon's staff draw on backgrounds in individual styling and aesthetics as they pamper the coiffures, skin, and nails of clients with Aveda products made from earth-culled botanicals. Whether trimming tresses, massaging away muscle aches, or waxing eyebrows to match favorite Flash Gordon villains, stylists produce sleek, professional results.