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 consistent 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.
Client comfort and hygiene are top priorities at Pure Nails and Spa. The former is achieved through mani-pedis, aromatherapy footbaths, and massages, as clients are offered free vitamin shakes to sip on and the staff plays meditation music to keep the mind from busying itself by firing synapses at random brain cells. The staff is trained and certified in hygienic practices, making each treatment a clean, safe, and rewarding experience that results in a new look and renewed state of mind.
In Domani Salon and Spa's foyer, a chandelier among earth tones exemplifies the feelings the staff wishes to inspire: lavish beauty mixed with a pure serenity. On the left, a café dispenses coffee, smoothies, juices, and sandwiches, and on the right, rows of beauty products stand at the ready. And directly in between, a front-desk coordinator awaits to lead clients to a styling chair or treatment room. Owner and master stylist Tricia Voigt—alongside her team of hairstylists and spa technicians— pampers women, men, and children alike with services including haircuts, coloring, massages, and facials. Domani also curates a variety of wedding packages so brides can focus on the moment instead of worrying about hair, makeup, or glitter stains.
Juanita Sell, Healthy Image's resident aesthetician and nail technician, tends to the beauty needs of clients with an eclectic mix of services. Several facials offered aim to calm and beautify the skin, extract blemishes, and slough off stuck masks via exfoliation. Candling evicts excess earwax, and footbaths attempt to neutralize toxins in the entire body. Extremities emerge meticulous from manicures and pedicures, and waxing services oust unwanted hair.:m]]
Many of the team members at The Scizzory Hair Design can boast more than a decade of salon experience, and all of them can claim a professional dedication to staying on top of trends in their field. This allows them to create stylish cuts and creative color treatments from a collection of John Amico organic colors. The skincare and bodywork experts perform skillful waxing treatments, and mani-pedis, which leave hands and feet ready for special events, vacations, or a big night out.