Sasse Nails’ appointment-only policy fits in with the salon’s overarching philosophy. Owner Kristine Koenker’s team of nail technicians take all the time they need with each customer, soaking, scrubbing, and polishing toes for a full hour without feeling rushed. The relaxed, serene atmosphere doesn’t stop there: Kristine makes sure each station has a comfortable amount of space, and a leaf-shaped mirror reflects warm, earth-toned hues meant to inspire tranquility.
As techs apply long-lasting Gelish polish or dip toes into warm paraffin wax, clients can peek through the windows and glass door that separate the nail salon from Kristine's adjacent full-service hair salon. The glass dividers open up the space visually, but keep noise to a minimum, and the quiet is only interrupted when clients express their gratitude for well-treated feet with tap-danced Morse code.
Each of the four types of UV tanning beds at Relax n Tan Inver Grove Heights is expressly designed to keep clients comfortable. They have integrated cooling systems and music docks, and their ergonomic shape sports an arrangement of lamps that focus additional energy on the face and shoulders, which simulates an outdoor tan or the effects of tackling the sun. Alternatively, spray-tan technicians can help clients pick out appropriate shades before airbrushing them with natural DHA, paraben-free bronzers that develop over eight hours.
In addition, the Relax n Tan team helps to stave off wrinkles and sagging skin with red-lamp therapy beds and botanical body wraps. Certified massage therapists clear away stress and bodily toxins with a menu of 12 modalities.
Darque Tan's arsenal of beds, booths, and nourishing lotions infuses visiting bodies with sun-kissed color. Along with at least 20 tanning beds, each location brims with tan-savvy staff members—each certified through the International Smart Tan Network—who can work with you to customize a program based on your tanning goals, skin type, and relation to black-and-white movie starlets. A dedicated full-time cleaning staff regularly runs through a 50-point inspection process between sessions, helping to create a sanitary tanning experience and keep clients from warming up 6-foot-long paninis during appointments.
Trained massage therapist Sharon Madison incorporates more than 20 years of experience—including time spent working for the University of Minnesota Athletic Division—into each treatment she performs at Heart and Soul Bodywork. Offering custom massage, energy-work, and spa-detox treatments, she is well versed in myofascial-release, trigger-point, and hot-stone therapies as well as acupressure and reflexology. Madison also brings bodies back into balance with the reinvigorating powers of reiki energy work, and sports massages reduce the pain and swelling athletes may experience after doing arm curls with the Stanley Cup.
65th Street Salon & Spa's team of friendly beauticians, which ranges from Great Lengths Extensions–certified stylists to massage therapists, unites a variety of specialties to pamper a diverse clientele. Salon staff consults with clients to provide top-notch haircut and color services and hair-removal treatments. The facility’s spa hosts such indulgences as manicures, pedicures, and facials, and the resident beauticians apply makeup for brides-to-be, whether they're getting married that day or just fixing a leaky pipe under the kitchen sink.
Salon Fusion’s team of six stylists tends to tresses with luxurious products from Brazilian Blowout, Moroccan Oil, and Aquage. Deft scissor hands shape unruly locks into custom ’dos, lengthen tresses with Babe extensions, and smooth strands with advanced Brazilian blowouts, which boost shine more subtly than a teaspoon of mirror shavings. To complement head-hair services, seasoned techs can also wax away unwanted stubble throughout the body, bronze physiques with Fake Bake spray tans, and enhance facial features with expertly applied makeup.