“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.
The technicians at Natural Cleaners revivify garments while respecting the earth's delicate ecosystem, eschewing traditional petroleum-based solvents for GreenEarth, a nontoxic formula made of silicone derived naturally from sand. Five Milwaukee-area storefronts bustle free from fumes and pollutants as suits, dresses, and coats shake off dirt during dry or professional-grade wet cleanings. Wedding-dress cleaning and preservation primes gowns for years of heirloom storage or Miss Havisham costume contests, and an in-house seamstress alters hemlines and cuffs to create dashing silhouettes. Household textiles also kowtow to Natural Cleaners' expertise as draperies, bedspreads, and feather pillows return home spic and span.
Licensed massage therapist Reeyanana Cha eases muscle tension and promotes blood circulation during 60-minute Swedish massages. In the comfort of a private room, Reeyanana channels Olympic doggy paddlers to loosen tight muscles with five styles of long, flowing hand strokes. Skilled fingers knead into biceps and beneath shoulder blades to release hard-to-reach knots, and hand vibration techniques cultivate blood flow deep in sensitive muscles. Before Reeyanana sends clients back into the world, cross-fiber friction produces therapeutic warmth in appendages and rhythmic tapping to the tune of the Star-Spangled Banner instills bodies with an invigorating sense of freedom.
Bored with a corporate job pushing paper, KC Mecklenburg opted to pamper guests with the warm, personal touch of custom spa services. The trained and certified aesthetician holds court at Salon a Bella, where she greets visitors with tailored skincare services. Along with sugar scrubs and enzyme masks, KC's facials include a gentle massage and the warming touch of a heated treatment table. She also administers chemical peels and waxing services, and is always ready to gush about her English bulldog, Jackson, and his never-ending doctoral thesis.
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.