Despite refining her skills in major metropolises like Chicago and New York, fourth-generation Sheboygan resident Lisa Schnell has always returned home to practice her craft. Along with occasional gigs at pageants and on MTV's Made, Lisa runs Groove Salon, which was named "salon of the year" by Salon Today in 2003. Lisa and her team sculpt hair into whatever style best suits each client's look, be it perms or updos, as well as artfully brighten strands with coloring treatments. While Groove's stylists focus on the tops of heads, the salon's resident licensed esthetician concentrates on everything else, from manicuring nails to waxing away unwanted hair or ill-advised glue-on mustaches.
Lori Baumann, owner of Tangerine Hair Salon, and her experienced staff mold manes with products by Alterna, Redken, and Sojourn. The spacious salon achieves a trendy, urban feel with slate-blue walls, black polished floors, and track lighting. When guests arrive, plush zebra-print chairs greet their backsides while a coffee pot cheerfully percolates beneath an orange and gold floral painting. Stylists craft new 'dos at stations equipped with full-length mirrors and topped with exotic flowers. When they aren't performing haircuts, adding highlights, or curling locks, they subdue frizzy tresses with smoothing treatments and commands shouted in German.
The licensed massage therapists at Renew Day Spa smooth organic oils over backs during stress-mollifying massages. Significant others lie side by side or backflip between beds in the dedicated couples' room before the massage evicts stress with flowing Swedish strokes. Afterward, a paraffin-wax treatment works to soften and moisturize feet as hands grip complimentary chocolates.
The staff at Great Lakes Relaxation Center has one goal: help people relax. The center's practitioners view the relief of physical and mental stress not merely as a luxury, but as a potentially transformative experience that can positively impact clients' well-being. Their services include alternative therapies such as massage and reflexology, far-infrared-sauna sessions, and flotation therapy.
Youthful Endeavors' staff, licensed aestheticians, and board-certified surgeon drive away and aesthetician drive away signs of aging with a menu of cosmetic services and advanced skincare analyses. The team emphasizes open communication and education, working with each client to form an individualized treatment plan that achieves and surpasses his or her goals for revitalized, healthy skin.
Complexion experts man the computerized VISIA skin-analysis system, which employs ultraviolet and polarized light to capture images of sun spots, wrinkles, and shoplifting blackheads. The results of this exam inspire many to partake in radio-frequency tightening, laser facial skin rejuvenation, photo-facials, anti-aging facials, microdermabrasion, or chemical peels to soften their complexions and address correctable imperfections. Permanent hair-removal with lasers, IPL, or electrolysis leaves fuzzy areas silky smooth, liposuction helps reduce love handles and other problem areas on the body, and Botox, skin fillers, face lifts, and neck lifts reduce wrinkles and fill out glowing skin.