“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.
The beauty mavens at PHD Salon & Spa have been refreshing clients’ visages with waxing services and facials for more than 30 years. During the enzyme facial, technicians coat faces with specialized serums whose proteins help expel dead, dull skin cells and steadily brightening visages over the course of 30 minutes. Posttreatment, a conditioning moisturizer with SPF wards off dry skin and unwanted advances from amorous sunlight. Opt for the spa package, and follicles will relinquish the fruits of their labor to professional hair pullers, who deftly depilate brows with minimal pain.
Owners and licensed massage therapists Carla and Sandi treat sore muscles and relieve tension from head to toe with relaxing massages inside one of Wauwatosa's longest standing massage therapy businesses. Soothing kneads and gliding strokes loosen rigid muscles and disentangle tightly knotted tissue, limbering the body for contorting their way through crowded ghost towns. Clients unwind as various manipulations alleviate soreness and improve circulation. A plush purple treatment bed shrouded in warm lighting welcomes clients into a relaxing state, while neutral tones accent a waiting area dotted with artwork painted by Carla, jewelry designed by Sandi, and facial imprints created by dazed clients tranquilly walking into walls posttreatment.
Though the Swedish massage is performed on a clothing-free soul sac, clients' modesty remains intact with a sizeable towel gently draped over all un-massaged areas. As your muscles melt under the massage therapist's nimble knot-kneading, dim lighting and curtained windows turn privacy into a local vacation experience. Each 60-minute massage utilizes a full range of gliding techniques, kneading manipulations, and percussive pitter-patters, as well as the alternating of light and medium force to relieve uptight major muscle groups and help the mind relax. Custom-blended oils make the bone box a smooth surface to prevent uncomfortable friction while subterranean streams of blood and oxygen circulate more freely as a benefit of the massage.
At Relaxation Station, an attentive staff caters to clients by offering the total body experience. Guests enter a quiet, intimate setting accented with simple decor, muted colors, inviting temperatures, and select teas or wine upon request. Once inside, a team of therapists unfurl tension through several types of massage including craniosacral massage, an alternative-therapy form of bodywork. Each session aims to help guests unwind, breathe, and relax–all while healing tension and pain.
Lynn Duncan is a proud perfectionist. “In this business, I’d have it no other way,” she says. At Lynn Duncan Permanent Cosmetics, the multicertified practitioner makes sure her clients' makeup is flawless—and permanent. She also offers microdermabrasion, teeth whitening, and eyelash extensions.