Somewhere in a desert cavern in Arizona, mineral-rich ionite clay is being harvested from the ground in smooth, silky batches. It's destined for exclusive Pavay services and take-home Pavay organic exfoliating cleansers and essential-oil-imbued cleansing bars, sold exclusively at Salon Avé dayspa • medspa. The day spa's aestheticians use the spa’s signature line of all-natural, organic skincare products during custom facials, body wraps, and relaxing mani-pedis. According to a 2009 Press Publications article, the Pavay product owners and formulators earn enthusiastic high-fives from Mother Nature by producing the line locally using recyclable and partially biodegradable packaging materials.
But skincare isn't the only thing the Salon Avé dayspa • medspa team does well, as evidenced by their 2013 Talk of the Town News Customer Satisfaction Award. They also design new hairdos and loosen muscles with hot-stone massages, and relieve lines and wrinkles with full line of injectables. To enhance beauty from the inside out, they offer body-slimming Zerona treatments. One client’s Zerona success story was even featured on Twin Cities Live and in her mom’s Christmas letter that year.
Author and Juut SalonSpa owner David Wagner channels a childhood spent watching nature’s beauty into his Aveda salon’s eight locations. The studio stylists and other staff members, many of whom benefit from the company’s extensive training program, perform services beneath shelves laden with Aveda products. The botanically sourced elixirs repair and sculpt hair naturally without subjecting it to other products’ unpleasant chemicals or a robot hairdresser’s endless questions about love.
Inside OMG Nails LLC's tidy salon, clients kick back with a complimentary drink as meticulous nail techs file away ragged edges. Restorative pedicures unfold in comfy chairs with built-in footbaths, where sea salt and a foot mask rejuvenate piggies before nails welcome coats of colorful polish. Manicures add evocative shades to hands, keeping things simple with a basic polish change or adding extras including french tips, acrylics, or sheaths for retractable claws. The salon’s technicians also specialize in nonnail treatments, melting away tension with hot-stone massages, coaxing out impurities with mud facials, or boosting wink effectiveness with eyelash extensions.
Leigh Adams may have 20 years of experience in the world of nail artistry, but her reputation isn't built upon longevity alone. She also has the credentials to back it up, including certifications from CND dubbing her a master sculptor of Brisa gel and a master painter of shellac, color, and effects. From simple, lightly buffed manicures to extra-pampering pedicures with seasonally inspired lotions and scrubs, Leigh's repertoire is as flexible as her shellac manicures are strong, and her services can even be tailored to suit men, teens, and the giant foam fingers of sports enthusiasts.
Mes Amis's experienced cosmetinauts and hairsplorers will work with you to craft a look that not only says "you" but says "hey, you beautiful thing, how you doing?" After your cut, salve the jealousy your feet must be feeling with a soothing pedicure. Soaked in silky emollients, your feet will drink deeply and then lie limply during their subsequent cuticle conditioning, exfoliation, and callus removal. Like any good Bollywood movie, there's a happy ending: a calf massage, nail polish, and a last-minute wedding.
Owner and proprietor Denny Kemp started his career in styling as one of the first students of Horst Rechelbacher, founder of Aveda. Amid playful depictions of personified planets, a brigade of artistically minded stylists, each with at least five years of experience, spritzes clients with such professional-grade products as Bumble and bumble and the French-developed Kérastase. Clarisonic dual-brush sonic oscillation uncorks pores during facials, and Dermalogica skincare products eschew irritants, artificial fragrances, and laugh tracks. In hair services, stylists smooth frizz with keratin formulas or, through the pinch-braid technique, weave natural hair with extensions while boosting volume.
Stylist and life-long Twin Cities resident Stephanie Perez honed her skills at the Scot Lewis Paul Mitchell Partner School before setting up shop at The Chair on Fire. Now with eight years of experience, she expertly transforms tresses with cuts, color, or Keratin Complex treatments. Stephanie also directs her attention below the hairline with waxing services, and keeps nails gleaming with bright coats of OPI and CND polish.