Insider Beauty

Elizabeth Dehn answers reader questions on the best of the best when it comes to local beauty.

Spot Spa in Minneapolis
Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Q. What’s the best place to get a hot stone massage?

A. A lot of spas offer “hot stone massage,” but I much prefer the approach to bodywork at Spot Spa Boutiques, where therapists customize the Spot Massage to whatever your body needs. That could mean energy healing, lying on smooth hot stones to loosen up tense back muscles, or a therapist gently walking on your back, shiatsu style. I’ve found that some of the best therapy comes when we are open to receiving it. 21 SE 4th St., Mpls., 612-331-4182; 1600 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-823-7768,

Q. Where can a girl get a good blowout on the east side of town?

A. Almost perfect timing: Blast Blow Dry Bar, which already serves up big hair at its downtown Minneapolis, Mall of America, and Shops at West End locations, is scheduled to open a fourth outpost at Woodbury Lakes in August. If regular blowouts are your idea of bliss, go for Blast’s monthly membership.

Q. What is a keratin treatment and how is it different from a Brazilian blowout?

A. Good question! Both treatments are game changers for thick, frizzy, unruly hair, giving it the look of a sleek, professional blowout. Both last three to five months and cost several hundred dollars. The difference, according to the pros at HAUS Salon (which offers a Keratin Complex Treatment for $300 to $450), is in the ingredients and process. The Brazilian blowout is more powerful, using formaldehyde to physically change the curl pattern and straighten it. You’ll see more dramatic results, but you’ll also expose your hair to more chemicals. Keratin, which is found naturally in the hair, doesn’t change the structure of your hair, so results wear off gradually without creating a regrowth line. 4240 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-827-4287,

Q. Do you know any good personal Pilates instructors?

A. Yes, this was a real reader question. And yes, I have an answer! Jenn Weldon, who has an underground following of fitness disciples, recently opened a Pilates and personal training studio in the Citadel Building in Uptown. Armed with custom-built reformers that aren’t nearly as scary as they look, a cute-as-a-button personality, and a can-do attitude, Weldon has a gift for transforming bodies without intimidation or drudgery. Tapping her graphic design training, she also creates the cutest visual lesson plans to motivate you between sessions.

Starting at $55, Jenn Weldon Pilates & Fitness, 1516 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-354-2840