Smooth basalt stones steep in warmth. Aromatherapy oils blend slowly into massage lotions. The massage therapist at Quality Time works busily to prepare for each client. During sessions, she increases circulation to sore muscles with the soft kneads and soothing strokes of Swedish massage techniques. Amid thin curtains of steam, she also heats paraffin wax to a comfortable 125 degrees, warm enough to ease tension and soothe skin, but still more comfortable than being fed hot fondue by The Three Stooges.
The skin saviors at Q-ticles enlist natural oxygen and Bioelements products to revitalize dull or prematurely aging visages. As massages relax sore limbs and stressed faces, aestheticians launch into a one-hour process that includes a thorough skin analysis, deep cleanse, as-needed extractions, and a warm-up comedy routine. Enzyme-based exfoliants prep faces for a thorough scrubbing at the hands of a rotating brush, and Clarisonic’s Opal Sonic infuser carries anti-aging serum deep into pore’s recesses.
When Caroline Kreitlow opened Luxe the Salon, she made a conscious decision to use only all-natural and organic products so that her customers could leave looking good and feeling good knowing their new look didn't come at the environment's expense. Social consciousness isn't the only benefit, though––the chemical-free products are also safer for her clients, including expectant mothers and people with allergies and other skin conditions. Pureology, Moroccanoil, and All-Nutrient are just some of the brand names the salon professionals reach for as they create new haircuts for women, men, and teens, which are made all the more relaxing with the addition of a soothing scalp and neck massage. Sacred Nature products are organic and range from eye cream gel to protective face masks.
Laura at Luxe The Salon wields top-shelf products to beautify clients. The spa’s stylist, Laura Filip, blends organic color and styling products as she dolls up tresses with precision cuts and coloring treatments. She saves the most organic product—her own hands—for her best work, expertly crafting updos abundant with curls and twists. By using these natural formulations, Laura helps maintain the overall health of hair as well as follicles' integrity without subjecting them to an ethics lecture. This dedication to quality service and products extends to spa treatments as well, deploying Eminence skincare products to brighten complexions and NovaLash extensions to define lash lines.
Nestled amid the shops and café's lining Shorewood's Capitol Drive, Scenario Hair Design’s contemporary confines invite customers to take a break from retail therapy and seek relief for stressed strands. The salon's rich purple walls, sleek black furnishings, and sleek pendant lamps create an atmosphere that is both modern and timeless, matching the hairstyles that spring to life under the hands of stylists who undergo regular ongoing training. High-quality styling products from Pureology and Redken help seal in each new style, and each appointment ends with stylists sharing their best tips, tricks, and secret mousse recipes to help clients re-create their style at home.
Even when the cold winds howl across icy winter streets, clients who emerge from Sun Seekers By Rosie look as though they've just returned from a tropical vacation or a long nap on an overpass in Florida. Guests stock up on glow in the salon's five levels of professional tanning beds, each equipped with powerful UV bulbs. Others credit their bronzed bodies to the salon's Mystic Tanning booth, which uses a UV-free spray solution to cast a natural-looking tan. To help clients care for their newly tanned skin, the salon peddles a variety of advanced lotions from top brands such as Ed Hardy and Devoted Creations.
Warm facial towels, aromatherapy oils, and heat therapy are a few of the supplemental services the therapists at VidaTherapy Massage Center use to relax clients. They stir these add-ons into an array of Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages to further pamper clients. After a massage, clients' blood circulates better, sleep comes easier, their headaches can vanish, and the digital self-destruct timer on their back stops counting down.