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Katie Starns, a graduate of the Vici Capilli Beauty Institute, worked at multiple salons before starting to practice her face-rejuvenating techniques at Harmony Salon and Spa. Each treatment deploys Dermalogica products, a set of cleansers and masks that can be adjusted to personalize facials. Katie takes particular pride in her ability to help clients overcome skin troubles, whether they stem from acne, rosacea, or an unfortunate tattoo of a favorite vice president.

2312 N Lefeber Ave
Milwaukee,
WI
US

At Hot Heads Salon, “Keep It Up!” isn’t a motivational phrase. It’s the name of the root re-touch treatment, a title that’s exemplary of Hot Heads’ Salon cheeky service menu. Stylists, including the mother-daughter duo that runs the salon, cut locks but do not blow-dry them during “Shape Up…Ship Out!” sessions and straighten ringlets with “I Hate Curl” straightening treatments. Aside from hair services—which also include highlights, Brazilian blowouts, perms, and conditioning treatments—they also perform waxing and manicures.

6008 W Vliet St
Milwaukee,
WI
US

“C’est la vie” is a French phrase typically used to describe an unfortunate, yet inevitable outcome. The stylists at C'est La Vie Salon flip that phrase on its head, cutting and coloring hair to ensure that their clients never accept lackluster style as just another part of life. In addition to conditioning hair with MoroccanOil treatments and products from Kaaral, Abba, and Silis, the salon’s staff coats nails with chip-resistant CND Shellac polish and brightens skin with 90-minute Eve Taylor facials.

1913 S 60th St
West Allis,
WI
US

Most popular service: Shellac Manicure and Pedicure

Brands Used: CND Shellac and OPI gel polish

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Established: 1997

Staff Size: 1 person

Parking: Parking lot

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Pro Tip: Let me know when scheduling if you currently have gel polish on their nails.

Q&A with Melisa Hensley, Independent Contractor, Nail Designer

What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?

I do acrylic nails mixed with glitters of all shapes and sizes to add a lot of sparkle. I call these confetti nails.

Do you offer your customers any extra perks?

Coffee and magazines.

The interior of a business can affect how its customers feel. What kind of decor do you use to help make your clients feel pampered and at ease?

[I decorate using] modern blues, teals and neutrals.

9227 W Beloit Rd.
Milwaukee,
WI
US

Old-school detailing meets new-school styling at Groom For Men, where a staff of well-trained, passionate barbettes morphs mops and unwieldy locks into eye-catching coiffures. Form and function stand as the pillars of each artisan's training, enabling them to execute low-maintenance, easy-to-style cuts that fit snugly to individual head shapes and fidgety shadows. Follicle services stretch past standard snips and into more daring territory, including full coloring and highlights, and straight-razor shaves and beard trimmings complete makeovers by smoothing facial veneers. Traditional manicures are also available for hands that have lost their luster thanks to demanding jobs, such as checking the insides of baseball gloves for wasps' nests.

330 E Saint Paul Ave
Milwaukee,
WI
US

Asian-inspired folding fans and hand-painted cherry blossoms adorn the walls of Options Salon & Spa, a destination for hair, body, and skin services available six days a week. To create silky smooth locks, the resident stylists reach for KeraCare and Paul Mitchell products as well as natural-looking extensions, which are intricately sewn, fused, or braided into the hair. During exfoliating body scrubs, aestheticians massage epidermises with a sea-salt or sugar mixture, which is blended with aromatic scents such as rose or cranberry pomegranate. The crew also caters to male clientele with personalized spa packages that include a men’s facial, an all-natural mani-pedi, a deep-tissue massage, and an optional celebratory chest bump.

142 E Capitol Dr
Milwaukee,
WI
US