Licensed aesthetician Kelly Gish slathers faces with skin-smoothing botanical extracts and gently shapes brows using client-preferred methods. During each 50-minute facial, Kelly cleanses pores before applying a papaya enzyme polish, which digests dead skin cells and washes them down with a glass of milk. Next, the pumpkin-papaya mask retextures and hydrates visages. Post-facial, Kelly employs soft-touch and artistic techniques to shape linear lid frames with old-fashioned Photoshop tools such as waxing and tweezing. Earth tones and zebra prints adorn Kelly's private studio space, and textured walls bear gilded letters and small, wood framed mirrors.
From within The Red House's elegant, relaxing atmosphere, Creative Cut Hair Salon has been beautifying nails for 35 years. A mani-pedi emboldens phalanges by first trimming and filing the nails, then cutting cuticles into dazzling uniformity. Before finishing everything off with an expertly applied layer of nail polish, the talented staff dole out a light hand and foot massage, making the whole experience a great gift for Mother's Day or a gratifying lunch-break activity with dad during Bring Your Daughter to Work Day. Like 30 back-to-back rides through the Tunnel of Love, the whole service should last around 90 minutes.
TAN'R YOU was voted the Best Tanning in Milwaukee for 2008 and 2009 by CityVoters, who cited its accommodating facilities and fully air-conditioned tanning beds. A gold-colored floor ushers pale hides down a hallway of individual bronzing rooms stocked with top-of-the-line pigmentation machinery. The High Pressure MATRIX bed is an import from Italy that tans in 12 minutes while treating clients to music from its CD player / stereo and using high-pressure negotiating tactics to send paleness packing. For those who have already positioned their real sleeping bed directly under their bedroom's sunniest window, the Cabana Mist tanning booth provides a convenient vertical service while evenly painting the body with smooth shades of spring and summer.
Waking up to a new outbreak of acne can put a real damper on a day. That’s why the aestheticians at Rachel’s Skin Suite specialize in both treating and preventing breakouts. Their anti-inflammatory salicylic-acid mask minimizes breakouts immediately, and their six-session treatment series gradually works on complexions using a blend of acne facials, chemical exfoliations, and stress relief, for long-lasting results. Once skin is in balance, the staff offers supplementary facials that maintain skin’s overall health using advanced ingredients such as collagen, vitamin C, and resurfacing agents. All treatments are customized with a combination of high-powered ingredients, antioxidants, and relaxation techniques, allowing the staff to help clients keep their skin healthy without resorting to face pushups.
Long before modern medical conveniences—such as computers and robot doctors—the primary form of therapy was massage. And it's still going strong. Working out of Shade Tree Massage, licensed massage therapist Kristin Schlosser can sideline ailments ranging from achy muscles to sports injuries with a diverse array of healing techniques. Guests may request flowing Swedish strokes to ease tension or focus on lower-layer aches with Kristin's signature deep-tissue massage.
Nail technicians give digits some va-va-voom using OPI and Creative Nail Design polishes in a kaleidoscope of hues. They also cover nails in long-lasting Shellac polish designed to withstand everyday wear and tear such as washing dishes or thumb wars with your pet rock. Mani-pedis include nail shaping, cuticle curtailment, and help with hangnails.