Named one of the top 100 salons in the nation by Elle magazine, The Beauty Room stands as a shrine to owner Mi Shaun Schmidt-Schwab's passion of more than 15 years: creating life-changing hairstyles. She and her supporting staff of more than 20 beauty specialists nourish skin, refine nails, and forge ravishing new dos amid the salon's opulent damask wallpaper and ritzy chandeliers. Chocolate-brown seats cradle haircutting clients as the staff revamps their tress formations with products from Davines and Bumble and bumble. Across the room, tufted armchairs in the same shade cradle those perched beneath hair dryers setting color, perms, or cookie-dough wigs. Tucked away from the bustling salon floor are a handful of private treatment rooms that welcome waxing, facial, and massage clients into their tranquil environs.
Sonja Boatman, a licensed aesthetician and graduate of the Aveda Institute of Minneapolis, was the topic of conversation in Allure's 2013 Best of Minneapolis feature. “Her peels turn lackluster skin luminous,” said the magazine's writers. The same could also be said for her facials, including her 60-minute signature facial, a fully customized treatment that begins with a skin analysis and includes cleansing, exfoliation, a treatment mask, and a massage for the face, neck, shoulder, and hands. There’s more on the docket at this award-winning spa than just facials, though; Sonja and her team also offer tinting and eyelash perms, as well as full-body waxing for those on the professional banister-sliding circuit.
Visitors to BodyBrite are encouraged to adopt one simple motto: "Let your beauty shine." To help them achieve this goal, a staff of aesthetic professionals administers an array of noninvasive med-spa services. Permanent hair removal rids the body of unwanted fuzz thanks to intense pulses of light, while skin-rejuvenation treatments employ the same technology to target the fine lines and sun spots that come with age. For additional complexion care, oxygen treatments cleanse pores with herbal ingredients and oxygen sourced from free-range clouds. Ensuring no part goes unpolished, the clinic also performs teeth-whitening sessions to lift stains from smiles.
Edwina Phillips tends to her clients’ skin with great care. She utilizes calming and numbing products to take the sting out of Brazilian waxes and slathers skin with organic products during facials. She also calms tense feet and scalps during short kneading sessions added on to facials and waxing services.
Every staff member at ProSkin Esthetics and Laser Center boasts one of two titles: Aveda-trained aesthetician or nationally certified laser specialist. Some even tout both. Their dual skills allow the spa to offer clients both naturally derived and technologically advanced beauty services. Guests can opt to schedule a free consultation before any of these treatments, though the specialists require it before they will expose age spots, unwanted hair, or tattoos to the spa's FDA-approved lasers. Aestheticians also set a mandate with their facials?all clients will receive an upper-body, hand, and arm massage as skincare products nourish needy pores and directionally challenged skincare products nourish nearby pillowcases.
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.