From the outside, Craig Berns Salon Spa?s broad porch, white fa?ade, and quaint chimneystack give the impression that the large historical house is someone?s welcoming home. Stepping inside, guests are greeted by a friendly receptionist in an elegant waiting area, replete with rich, wood floors and wainscoting, luminous candelabras, and walls lined with Aveda?s all-natural products. As the co-owners of the Aveda Concept salon and spa, Craig and Mary Beth Berns, along with their staff, treat clients with Aveda?s pure plant- and flower-infused essences. While team members receive consistant training on the latest cutting techniques, men and women alike luxuriate in a slew of services that span facials, massages, and haircuts. The salon and spa has been voted one of the best salons by Milwaukee Magazine in 2010, and one of the Top 200 fastest-growing salons six times by Salon Today, which has taken note of their ever-expanding list of services and lack of training wheels.
A trio of smiling metallic suns behind the reception desk welcomes visitors to Soleil Bleu hair salon. While waiting for their stylist, clients can sink into leather chairs, sipping a complimentary beverage as they admire a wall of gauzy curtains and flowering vases. In the back, stylists cut, color, and texturize hair next to burnt-ochre walls. Stylists collaborate with clients to define and amplify their personal aesthetic, creating multi-dimensional highlights or playful blowouts. Stressed hair can finally relax after a Moroccanoil restorative treatment or luxuriate in a clarifying treatment that removes long-term buildup of product, hard-water deposits, and decaying pencils once tucked behind one's ear. Below the hairline, makeup artists use custom-crafted mineral makeup and Besame Vintage Cosmetic products to give skin a rosy glow.
Warm chandelier lighting, golden-hued walls, and cherry-wood flooring surround patrons as they settle in the mocha salon chairs at Chris & Co. Salon. Stylists impart their expertise in haircuts and coloring, displaying skill lauded in issues of Milwaukee Magazine's Top Salons 2006 and Best Salons 2010. After appointments, clients can opt to purchase beauty products displayed on an extravagant ebony shelving unit amid colorful flowers and red velvety tapestries.
Four years ago, licensed barber Charlie Bianco decided it was time for men to get back to the basics of grooming. He harnessed all 25 years of his hair-styling experience to open his eponymous Charlie's Barber Shop, ushering clients back through time with his classic barber services.
Though clients may wander in looking unkempt, Charlie and his team of skilled stylists ensure they leave the shop with a flattering fresh haircut and smooth jaw or beard line. But the stylists can do more than just straight-razor shaves and haircuts. They keep things current by manicuring men with eyebrow shaping, deep conditioning treatments, and hair-braiding services. And they don't neglect relaxation as they pamper their clients, massaging shoulders and infusing hot-towel neck shaves with aromatherapy to coax out stress and make beard poltergeists smell fresh.
Since 1997, Salon East has been servicing clients with Aveda-approved looks and other beautifying services. The full-service salon specializes in haircuts for men, women, and children, along with coloring and nail services. An impressive team of aesthetic professionals bring their notable backgrounds to the floor, where they channel their talents to enhance their clients' nature beauty. Together, they render a full slate of hair services, from styles and color treatments to botanical therapy—and not the kind that involves a plant growing on a psychologist’s couch.