Katie Meyer's scissors are very well travelled. After taking classes in New York City the Redken Exchange, she set her sites on Madison, Wisconsin, and in early 2008, kicked up new salon turf with her own Studio 608. While relaxing in a cozy styling chair, clients can solicit a face-flattering cut, subtle color highlights, or tame frizz with a keratin smoothing treatment. Studio 608's skilled aestheticians can also exile unflattering fuzz from brow outskirts with their signature waxing services.
Escential Massage’s licensed and insured massage therapists customize each bodywork session to address each client's unique therapeutic needs using relaxation techniques and organic aromatherapy. A series of relaxing strokes spread almond oil across the body to soothe dry skin while kneading tension from several levels of muscle. Each massage incorporates aromatherapy to enliven the senses and hot stones to send soothing heat deep into connective tissue or create obstacle courses for racing frogs. Clients lay on massage beds covered with silky sheets made with 100% recycled microfibers.
Fully insured and licensed massage therapist Liang Jun spent her childhood in China, where she first learned the techniques of ancient Chinese medicine from her healer grandmother. Her youthful interest and aptitude in restoring balance to off-kilter energy channels soon led to her to pursue a degree in Chinese medicine and, later, to open her own healing practice in Madison’s Quarry Arts Building.
Jun's nimble fingers now lead the way through traditional massages designed to stimulate the body’s natural energy lines. By focusing on these meridians––also known as the "twelve rivers"––Jun can energize and rebalance the body's yin and yang. When not stabilizing mojos, Jun employs skills learned under a fifth-generation master to teach students tai chi, a Chinese martial art whose methodical movements can help one block out stress and escape undetected from heated political debates.
Jewel-toned walls, metallic angel wings, and ornate mirrors create a luxe, royal setting at SoJoni Hair Studio. Here, the beauty experts perform a colorful spectrum of treatments for the hair and body. Stylists snip strands, weave twirling updos, and skillfully paint locks with ombre effects or vibrant stripes of pink and purple. Nail technicians add shimmer to digits with OPI polish while clients relax in massage chairs trained in cloud imitation. A skilled specialist leads bodywork sessions, and an aesthetician provides waxing services to keep skin smooth.
Helmed by a pair of passionate framers, Middleton Art & Framing takes pride in carefully protecting artwork from the ravages of time and sunlight through in-house constructed frames and glass that protects against UV damage. Local artwork adorns the walls of the cozy store, where guests confer with the knowledgeable staff to find the ideal frame to accent and protect any outlandish item, such as Turkish rugs, racing suits, or frame collections.
ANiU's savvy stylists tidy unkempt hair nests with top-notch aesthetic services, which got them voted Best Hair Salon by Madison Magazine readers. Each hair treatment massages a hair-healing mask into clean, towel-dried hair, helping replace dry and damaged locks with shimmering strands. Rehydrate parched pigtails with a moisturizing therapy or feed your brain's belfry with a scalp nutrition option. Next, the level 1 cut with style lets clients try a new look or maintain their radiance with a renewed elegance and a diminished ferret population. ANiU's artful, foresighted shears-wielders are armed and ready to take on any tangled dreams, turning unwieldy manes into sure-fire bobs or any style the client desires.
Tucked inside Divine Image Salon is the nail studio Cool & Cute Nails, where resident tech Ary utilizes advanced technologies, including no-chip Shellac polish, to groom clients’ paws. She engages with ongoing training to stay abreast of the latest techniques, which she then uses to beautify adult digits or craft whimsical polish designs for children.