When a stylish hairdo walks out of Blowdry! Blowdry Bar, witnesses might be surprised to know that it was fashioned without scissors or dyes. Instead, the salon’s stylists use round brushes, curlers, irons, and gentle bursts from blow dryers to beautify manes. Their styling techniques have earned the salon many honors, including a mention in Minnesota Monthly's Best of the Cities 2012. After lathering of shampoo and soothing scalp massages, coiffures undergo a choice of six blow-out services, such as the Boho, which imbues hair with loose curls, or the Boudoir, which emulates the styles of old Hollywood with soft waves and a sidewalk star for each glamorous strand. The salon’s multitalented team also removes unneeded bodily fleece with face and body waxing, applies alluring makeup, and tints brows and lashes.
The two board-certified dermatologists who anchor Uptown Dermatology & SkinSpa can claim some impressive credentials: Dr. Rehana Ahmed earned her MD from the University of Minnesota after completing her undergrad studies at Johns Hopkins University, and Dr. Jaime L.W. Davis is a graduate of Mayo Medical School. Now at Uptown, they lead a staff of clinically trained assistants in the ongoing struggle against blemishes. It's no surprise, then, that the center's services, like the complaint cards at a raw-meat restaurant, are frequently medical in nature. Biopsies of the skin, hair, or nails aid in diagnosing diseases, and photographic mole mapping monitors changes in the skin's topography. The center is also home to more cosmetic treatments, several of which employ lasers for one reason or another—resurfacing aging skin, removing hair, or eradicating vascular lesions.
For more than 20 years, the experienced naturopathic doctors, registered nurses, aestheticians, and colon hydrotherapists at Calhoun Natural Medicine & Aesthetics have rebalanced minds and bodies with holistic treatments and alternative med-spa services. The staff invites clients to the sleek minimalistic office, tucked away in the Lake Calhoun Executive Center on the shore of Lake Calhoun, a white oasis where professionals foster optimal body well being through life coaching, food-allergy testing, and detoxification treatments. A trained tech couples the power of a BBL BroadBand light system with the ancient art of death-metal screaming to permanently remove unwanted body hair.
The aesthetic professionals at The Salon at Get Lazed shower guests with an array of services, including laser treatments, airbrush tanning, waxing, microdermabrasion, skin care, and a full slate of hair salon services. Inside, stylists consult with clients prior to crafting 'dos into desired looks. Additionally, technicians wield a laser to oust unwanted hair, break down dark veins, or etch “wash me” notes onto smudged jewelry.
Wax Kitten has smoothed the skin of all kinds of clientele, including men, women, and stars of the WE show Bridezillas. Skilled technicians remove unwanted hair from the full body—from brows to back, nose to navel, and upper lip to derriere. To reduce pain along the bikini area, they use hard wax instead of strips and divulge aftercare instructions to reduce irritation. The business also hosts waxing parties, where five or more friends may lessen waxing inhibitions by sipping from a complimentary bottle of wine or nibbling on waxed fruit.
Though each of Sanctuary Salonspa's four locations offers more than 100 services, clients should not feel overwhelmed. That's because the salon's stylists and aestheticians help clients to determine which treatments they need most. The staffers may recommend an Aveda hair treatment to restore balance to frizzy hair and dry scalps with essential oils. Or they might point to one of Sanctuary's eight facials, each of which are customized to the client's skin type to ensure the complexion shines brighter than a glowworm walking away from an explosion in slow motion. Clients can also enjoy eight types of massage, applications of a gel polish that resists chipping for up to 10 days, and a detoxifying body treatment that consists of a seaweed mask and a steam treatment.