Inside the full-service family haircare salon, beauty professionals groom nails, remove tension, and snip away split ends with hair, nail, and massage services. Stylists add color or sweep curled strands into fancy updos. Meanwhile, nail technicians not only decorate nails, but also soak feet and remove dead skin cells with a mask scrub.
The professional pamperers at Amplify Tanning, Nails, & More impart long-lasting shine to fingertips and toe-tips with mani-pedis performed using polishes from CND Shellac. After shaping nails and caring for cuticles, nail techs revive worn-out appendage ends with an exfoliating scrub, which reveals fresh, soft skin and removes hastily scrawled to-do lists. Hot towels envelop hands as calluses are swiftly evicted from each softened slipper-stuffer, and manicurists move to unknot muscles from both extremities with a relaxing massage. Finally, each newly groomed digit is capped with a colorful swipe of CND Shellac polish, which is formulated to resist chips, scratches, and TV infomercials for up to 14 days.
Cleopatra's Health and Wellness Spa's multitalented director, Monica Janus—a renowned folk and ballroom dancer, certified aesthetician, and massage therapist—leads an army of beauty experts in treating clients like royalty. Staffers present pre- and post-treatment beverages such as a Polish mineral tonic or goji juice, prepping guests for pampering with a comfortable robe and slippers. A Hydrotone thermal capsule hosts various body treatments and baths including the Isis purification mud bath, which aims to alleviate arthritis or injuries from transporting oversize limestone chunks. The team caters to youngsters with a kids' menu of pintsize spa services, and aestheticians can dye eyebrows or lashes using the age-old process of henna application. Inspired by ancient traditions, the spa appropriately boasts golden-plated pillars, colorful paintings of Egyptian deities, and bas-relief hieroglyphics that warn patrons of the dangers of wearing too much eyeliner.
Vacationers can enjoy a couples massage before renting the facility's motel or cabin rooms to celebrate a special occasion. An array of fitness and dancing classes such as swing, country, and five levels of children's ballet keep out-of-town guests and local residents entertained.
Amid soothing violet decor befitting the salon’s name, High Violet Salon & Spa’s artistic stylist, expert aesthetician, and therapeutic masseuse use a three-pronged approach to help clients feel beautiful inside and out. Their menu of services is carried out within a newly renovated space accented by wood floors, soft lighting, and a separate spa-treatment room. Hair is colored and conditioned with products such as Moroccanoil, whereas nails are decorated in polishes from OPI. Facials and peels help rejuvenate skin, and Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue techniques release stores of tension and stores acorns hidden under the shoulder blades.
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.
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.