Innovation is the guiding principle at Sil'Vie Hair Studio. Using original balayage coloring techniques, stylists hand paint hair with custom highlights that can range from bold, chunky streaks to subtle, narrow stripes. For all-over color, stylists use odorless, ammonia-free INOA products, which can cover 100% of white hair, allowing clients to look years younger without the traditional camouflage of a sombrero. Infinity Sun airbrush tans bronze skin to a custom, natural-looking glow. Sil’Vie Hair Studio also offers Great Lengths human hair extensions, makeup applications, facial waxes, and products by Davines and Moroccanoil.
Aesthetician Shelley Sharp has seen a multitude of skin issues in her career, which has ranged from managing the spa at The Grand Hotel to being named the official aesthetician for the Miss Minnesota and Mrs. Iowa pageants. Shelley now puts her skincare knowledge to work at her namesake spa, tucked within the Lifespan Clinic. Five facials for women and men target dehydrated, acneic, and aging skin types, while exfoliating microdermabrasion and AHA chemical peels foster complexions and keep faces smooth enough to glide right down any bowling lanes they come into contact with. Clients can doll up eyes with a lash-tinting service and whisk away stray strands with facial waxing.
From the outside, Cut it Out Salon looks like any other storefront. But nestled between a dry cleaner and Redwing Shoes, the unassuming shop conceals a vibrant, charmingly cartoonish vision of the countryside. Themed murals cover the entire interior, transforming drywall into bay windows with shutters opening onto imaginary seaside breezes.
Surrounded by this tableau, Sandi Crawford and Beth Phillips revamp headscapes with classic cuts, intricate updos, tightly wound perms, or various coloring services. The two also turn their attention to faces, waxing brows, lips, or Mt. Rushmore Chia pets, and blasting away fine lines and uneven complexions with microcurrent facials.
The experienced staff at Twiggs Salon, lauded as one of the top 100 salons in the United States by Elle, transforms follicle farms with salon and spa services. After an in-depth consultation, talented scissor-wielders sculpt manes into fashionable coifs with stylish snips, keratin treatments, color services, or toupees from the Golden Age. The staff also revamps mugs with a professional makeup application and four types of facials, and creates gleaming phalanges with nail services. To target unwanted foliage, aestheticians swiftly remove unsightly hair from faces, limbs, and crannies with waxing treatments.
One look around Seidou Salon Spa tells clients what level of luxury they can expect to find there. From the mounted flat-screen TV that hangs in front of the black leather styling chairs to the porcelain footbaths that squat at the foot of two padded pedicure thrones, the setting suggests a dedication to pampering rarely seen outside of an Olympic cooing match. The private treatment rooms where massages take place even feature a corner tub, in which clients can indulge in hydrotherapy treatments that either relieve soreness with camphor or soften skin with mango, lime, and aloe.
The center's treatments range in nature from clinical to holistic, sometimes incorporating solutions of lactic or salicylic acid—chemical peels—and sometimes favoring Eastern healing methods—acupuncture and chakra-balancing massages. As an Aveda salon, Seidou Salon Spa has access to popular hair-color and conditioning products, and it upholds this standard by also carrying nail polish from OPI, skin creams from PCA Skin, and appointment books made of recycled newspaper clippings of the first moon landing.
When Lori Scharmann founded Hair Proz Salon in 1991, she didn't expect it to become the institution it is today. More than 20 years and a new partner later, the salon's staff comprises many of the original stylists present at its opening, and they draw on those decades of experience when performing each of the salon's varied services. They revamp both men and women's looks with a lineup ranging from facials and manicures to haircuts and full-coloring treatments. To keep their transformation skills current, all stylists undergo continuing education classes and sit down for regular interviews with the most innovative 'dos. They carry products from brands such as Skinceuticals, Moroccanoil, and OPI to help clients maintain their new looks outside the salon.