Named a Reader's Choice salon by the Daily Herald in 2012, the Nelson Group Salon staffs skilled stylists who groom clients' locks, skin, and nails using products by Aveda, Bumble and bumble, and Schwarzkopf. Many of the salon's stylists boast more than a decade of experience and professional training from such coiffure heavyweights as Vidal Sassoon and Aveda, which they apply to their services as they snip and color locks in modern styles.
Built in 1890, the salon's charming interior once housed a hospital, which was then subsequently repurposed into a bakery and next into a zombie factory, before finally transforming into its present state more than 20 years ago. Salon owner Nelson, a stylist for more than 23 years, still prefers "old-school German shears" to style ever-evolving haircuts. He emphasizes keeping up with trends and mastering new techniques, saying, "it's not just a job, but a craft."
While there are many styles of massage to choose from, the licensed massage therapists at Elements Therapeutic Massage blend a medley of kneading techniques to ease away tension. Their four-level approach helps to cater sessions to each individual client. Patrons looking for a light and relaxing massage receive a level 1 massage, whereas those with more muscle tension can opt for the medium pressure of a level 2 or 3, and clients bearing especially tangled muscle fibers or especially heavy jetpacks can find relief with the deeper manipulations and trigger-point work of a level 4.
Brow threading may be the raison d'être of the aestheticians at Eyebrow Expressions, but the team also ably branches out to de-fuzzing other parts of the body, including services for legs, face, and intimate areas. Inside the salon, which is located within Meijer, the aestheticians can also remove hair with threading, an ancient Indian technique that uses a long, wound cotton thread to zip hair away in precise lines without irritating the skin. Because the process is so gentle, the team can thread lips, chins, necks, and delicate vestigial wings.
The owners at Salon Mmm each boast more than 25 years in the cosmetology industry, using their aesthetic expertise to oversee a staff of talented wig whisperers. Hair revampings begin with a wash, before a resident hair sculptor trims, snips, and sings the hair nest into a face-flattering trance, setting the newfound shape with a blow-dry styling. Stylists then accent natural 'dos with a selection of three small feathers or one large and one small feather, weaving the pretty plumage into the natural locks. While ensconced inside the tranquil salon, guests seep in relaxing vibes from mocha-hued walls and a soothing water wall.
The staff at Satori Massage Spa harnesses the powers of unique muscle-mending techniques and massage styles to knead away stress and chronic body aches. The Swedish massage incorporates a systematic series of gentle strokes, circular pressure, Morse-code tapping, and straight-faced tickling performed by an experienced therapist, resulting in increased blood circulation and relaxation. The deep-tissue massage uses focused strokes to knead across muscle grains and break up knots dwelling in skin and connective tissue, releasing chronic tension developed from straining muscles during tissue-box-throwing competitions. Whichever one-hour session clients choose, they can let their muscles unwind and endorphins release as skilled hands precisely rub bodies and put on shadow-puppet shows.
hough it was developed more than 1,000 years ago in India, threading has found a modern niche due to its eco-friendly reputation and gentle treatment of sensitive skin. Practicing this method for the last 24 years, the trained threaders at Eyebrow MakeOver use a three-step technique to ensure brows flatter each client’s face shape and default emotion. Technicians start by outlining a desired shape for patron approval, then use a thin cotton thread to capture stray hairs at the root, yielding results that are more precise than with waxing and less likely to produce ingrown hairs. Technicians then train their clients in the use of eyebrow products, so brows continue to look full and even between threadings.