A cozy salon in the heart of Madison, Norma’s Hair Styling caters to all things beauty related with space for haircuts, mani-pedis, and waxing. Men, women, and children can settle into one of the salon’s six styling chairs for a chic haircut, deep-conditioning treatment, or foil highlights sponsored by John Amico Italian hair color. Overgrown cuticles and hangnails meet their demise in the mani-pedi corner, where skilled technicians buff and shape nails as meticulously as a ship captain buffs his glass eye every night. A layer of colorful OPI polish or chip-resistant gel—the latter of which lasts for up to two weeks without chipping—leaves nails glimmering and clients feeling confident enough to high-five themselves in public.
When Olivia Konn administers a massage, her hands are guided by more than 400 hours of education. In that time, she's mastered many different modalities: therapeutic massages to reduce stress, deep-tissue massages to relieve chronic pain, and myofascial release to improve range of motion. Olivia also works with expectant mothers during prenatal massages.
As clients enter the earth-toned domain of Angelique LaBoo's eponymous massage center, they smell the scent of sweet basil. Angelique claims this helps to clear the mind, readying the body to rid itself of the emotional and mental stress that can throw it out of balance. In private treatment rooms, she whisks tightness and tension from each muscle, using an oil and lotion combination that enables her to harness the best properties of each. Though she specializes in holistic cranio-sacral and reiki techniques, Angelique also takes therapeutic approaches to help relieve symptoms of musculo-skeletal problems, such as plantar fasciitis, carpal-tunnel syndrome, and stiff backs from filling in for an Olympic ring taking a lunch break.
The estheticians at Aesthetic Essentials help clients look their best with skin and body treatments such as facials, Zerona, and Dermarolling, which is much more skin-friendly than its distant cousin—Zamboni rolling. Aesthetic Essentials exclusively uses dermaviduals physiological skin care products which are free of emulsifiers, preservatives, perfume, mineral oils, silicones, and dyes. Waxing sessions whisk unwanted hair away from nearly any area, and beauty injections ward off wrinkles better than a whole bottle of spray starch.
Crush Salon and Spa's diverse services run the gamut from beauty to relaxation, including hot-stone massages, keratin straightening treatments, and a full-fledged spray-tan business. The staff cuts hair for women, men, and children, applies professional makeup, and rejuvenates complexions with deep-cleansing facials. In addition to these conventional salon services, Spray U Tan—located inside Crush—focuses exclusively on airbrush tanning, bronzing clients' bodies from head to toe, conjuring golden skin tones the way alchemists conjure excuses for why they seem to never actually turn anything into gold.
At Radiance Laser & Aesthetics Spa, laser technicians with more than 20 years of experience harness the light spectrum's most therapeutic wavelengths to bolster epidermal youthfulness. Their FDA-approved hair-removal laser boasts a cryogenic cooling system, which keeps skin comfortable as beams inhibit hair growth. Other devices are tailored to target wrinkles, sagging skin, or vascular lesions with the aim of keeping telltale signs of aging or living 12,000 feet below sea level at bay.