The phrase, "Those who can't do, teach," doesn't really apply to the salon industry. In fact, it's quite the opposite—only the most exacting, skilled stylists are invited to be educators for professional haircare brands. In her more than 15 years in the beauty industry, Abby Ealy has been an educator twice: formerly in color for Scruples, and currently with Brazilian Blowout. Needless to say, color and texture services are two of her specialties at Now and Zen, the salon she recently joined upon relocating to Madison. But, being a former salon owner herself, Abby's range of expertise is much broader—she's a specialist in precision cuts, body waxing, and spray tanning, too.
The aestheticians at Skin 2 Envy Studio follow the three Rs of beauty: Refresh, Rejuvenate, and Revive. Those words inform all of their services, which range from pampering care to advanced med-spa treatments. Classic facials purge dirt, oil, and confetti from pores, while microdermabrasion treatments and peels exfoliate away dull skin with diamond-tipped tools or chemical solutions. More dramatic resurfacing can be provided with the Fraxel pen, a device that employs laser light to promote the growth of new, fresh cells.
Absolute Relaxation Massage and Bodywork's licensed aesthetician, Nikki, brightens dull epidermal layers with a docket of spa services. Nikki resurfaces façades with refreshing facials, deeply exfoliating microdermabrasion treatments, and rejuvenating peels. Body wraps lure toxins away with seaweed extract and a carrot-shaped magnet, and massage sessions drive away tension with hot stones and apt hands. Hours in the evening and every other Saturday ensure convenient appointment times for people who work during the day or spend their nights scanning the skies, helping Orion find his belt.
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.
Named a Top Salon by Milwaukee Magazine in 2006, Bella Lei gives clients an upscale spa experience in an intimate setting. Take advantage of these environs and spend 60 minutes the Swedish way ($70 value), as trained massage therapists use firm pressure and complicated kneading techniques to untie knots and burst stress bubbles. Twitching muscles frequently relax after these sessions and show a marked improvement in standardized testing scores. For clients looking for a fresher front, the Vivo Facial ($70 value) uses a marine mask to create an even tone, while a full hand, arm, face, and décolleté massage carries the glow up through your neck and down to your fingertips like a carrier pigeon on a Fantastic Voyage.
Dermal expert Laurie Ritchie employs Bioelements skincare products to pamper visages with facials and whisk away fuzz with deft body waxing. Antioxidants, extractions, and alpha-hydroxyl-acids application renew complexions during skincare treatments as accompanying facial, hand, and foot massages evict stress more efficiently than a bouncer tattooed with Zen mantras. Ritchie also renews weary bodies with detoxifying mud and moisturizes dry skinscapes with hydrating creams during her spa treatments.