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.
Chic youngsters fulfill trend-setting cravings at Tadpole’s storefront, which blossoms with a colorful array of name-brand attire. The house of habiliments stocks such fashionable garb for gals as the Charlie Rocket owl thermal tee ($35) and the Florence Eiseman multi-patterned sweater dress ($94). Parents can outfit lads for fall with the Charlie Rocket endzone thermal ($36) and swaddle pocket-sized progeny in a dress and tights by Hartstrings ($50). The Tadpoles staff also corrals a selection of accessories for moms as well as lovable, self-unaware stuffed animals ($13.95–$32.95) for kids.
From the outside, Craig Berns Salon Spa’s broad porch, white façade, 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.
In a sleek, modern space, alternating red and brown walls provide a bold backdrop to pastel-yellow seats and hanging teardrop-shaped ceiling lamps as Anton's Salon & MSpa's talented staff greets customers. Looks are transformed and bodies receive potent doses of relaxation via a full slate of services, including haircuts, massages, makeup applications, laser hair reduction, and Botox injections. Stylists happily snip off 9 inches of patrons’ ponytails or pet ponies’ tail hair so strands can be donated to Locks of Love before offering a trendy haircut free of charge. Additionally, the team of trained professionals helps churn out tomorrow’s beauty pros in Anton’s Academy, which features an apprentice program and workshops.
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.