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Minnesotans know extreme temperatures, so when it warms up, we’ve got to be ready to break out the peep-toe pumps, bare our skin for a run on the trails, and keep our hair healthy as we take a dip in the lake or spend a day on the boat. And who’s more prepared to help than our local salon and spa experts?
The hair trend of the season is balayage, natural-looking hand-brushed highlights rather than perfect streaks. “Balayage highlights are an economical and low-maintenance approach to summer hair color,” Denny Kemp of Denny Kemp Salon Spa says. “We can create anything from soft and subtle, sun-kissed, or a stronger, prominent result (think dramatic light and dark shades).” Balayage works great for most hair lengths, and adds a chic, bold boost to the season’s other trend: beach waves. Balayage treatments start at $120. 605 Central Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-676-0300, dennykempsalon.com
At Home: For effortless waves, try Bumble and bumble Surf Infusion spray ($29). Apply the oil- and salt-infused spray onto damp hair and let it air dry for naturally perfect (read: not snarly) beach waves. For that always-wet look, try Shu Uemura Fiber Lift gel ($38)—bonus, it also keeps the hair out of your face.
Book an Appointment: Periodic deep-conditioning treatments at the salon are essential for healthy locks. Also at Denny Kemp Salon Spa, stylists use Shu Uemura intensive and restorative deep-conditioning treatments, which include a new instant-replenisher rinse-out serum to keep all hair types shiny, strong, and soft. Be sure to pick up the coordinating at-home treatment by Shu Uemura ($58-$68) to keep your hair defenses up. Salon deep-conditioning treatments start at $35.
GETTING A GLOW
Wearing sunscreen (you’ve got some on as you read this, right?) protects skin from UVB rays, but skin also needs boosts from products containing vitamin C and vitamin E. Ann Marshall, cosmetic physician at Skin Rejuvenation Clinic, says, “Vitamin C serum brightens skin, [while vitamin E] aids in exfoliation and is a free-radical scavenger, minimizing sun damage to the skin.” 6545 France Ave., Ste. 165, Edina, 952-920-6545, skinrejuvenationclinic.net
At Home: For glowing skin, apply SkinMedica Vitamin C + E Complex serum ($98) every morning to face, neck, and chest.
Book an Appointment: If you’re looking for a deeper skin fix, Marshall says zero-downtime Broadband Light (BBL) treatments are ideal for banishing redness and sunspots. “I have a series of treatments every year. I swear my skin has gotten younger each year I’ve done it,” says Marshall. $375 for a full facial treatment. For a package of three, $956.25.
Ideal for spray-tan prep or removing dead skin cells and winter buildup, hydrafacials combine key components of standard facials—exfoliation and extraction—with hydration and photolight therapy. “Hydrafacials are hugely detoxifying treatments that target sun damage, wrinkles, oily skin, and redness,” says Jeffrey Caron of Studio 411. The 45-minute procedure is relatively painless and feels like a cool toothbrush running across your skin. Plus, your skin will look cleaner and brighter right away without pain and redness.
At Home: To maintain your new, healthy skin, or before a spray tan, Caron says body scrubs are necessary. Try Juvenate Body Scrub by Comfort Zone ($49)—the chia seed–infused scrub massages into skin to remove the winter buildup. Pair the scrub with Juvenate Body Cream ($65), it’s activated with caffeine, which tightens skin and provides an antioxidant boost.
Book an Appointment: Hydrafacial treatments start at $185. 411 Cedar Lake Rd. S., Mpls., 612-374-1477, studio411salonspa.com
The last thing you want to worry about before a summer beach vacation is unwanted hair. Waxing and laser services banish the fuzz for weeks at a time. And it’s not just for women. Lots of men are opting for back waxes, and even legs and arms, too. “Body waxing is ideal for summertime,” says Tamsen Johnson, aesthetic resource director at Rocco Altobelli Salons and Day Spas. “When you wax, you’re destroying the hair follicles, so if you get one every four to six weeks, the hair will come back softer and weaker, which means less hair and less pain per wax as time goes on.” Eight metro locations, including 3509 Hazelton Rd., Edina, 952-920-5006, roccoaltobellisalons.com
At Home: Remember to wait at least 24 hours after your wax before exfoliating the skin. Johnson recommends No-Trauma Momma! topical cream to reduce redness, hydrate, and soothe the skin ($12.50). A must-have for waxing is No-Scream Cream ($19.50), which is applied 30 minutes before a waxing appointment to numb the area—it’s ideal for bikini and Brazilian waxes, but not recommended for larger areas like the back or legs.
Book an Appointment: Wax services start at $10 for fingers and toes, and $63 for a full leg wax. Back waxing starts at $46.
CLEAR AND FRESH
No matter the occasion, clear skin is essential. But sometimes that’s easier said than done. Diet, genetics, and our environment can all impact skin. In the summer, when your skin is lathered with sunscreen and lotion, and exposed to sun and the elements, it takes an especially rough beating. Teresa Rogers, skincare clinician at Salon Entourage, recommends giving skin a reboot with a body facial. “Back facials feel so good and give the back a beautiful glow—super relaxing and therapeutic,” she says. 1133 Wayzata Blvd. E., Wayzata, 952-473-0053, salonentourage.com
At Home: Perfect to use after a professional facial, Good Karma Skincare Lux 7 oil ($42) is gluten-free and vegan, and blends a variety of oils that leave skin smooth.
Book an Appointment: Salon Entourage offers exfoliation and acne-busting facial treatments. Back facials start at $95.
Jen Tharaldson, nail technician and gel specialist at Denny Kemp Salon Spa, says natural-shaped nails and neutral polish colors are hot for summer. “A rounded square shape and shorter nails are most suited for the season—classic nudes, slight shimmer, and all-white manicures that pop.”
At Home: CND Vinylux nail polish is available in 90 colors, with fun names like Cream Puff and Cake Pop, which sound just like summer. $10 each.
Book an Appointment: For a treat, book a one-hour pedicure that includes an exfoliating foot and leg scrub and massage, and soothing hot towels. Service starts at $75.
FIRM AND TONE
Fighting cellulite and dropping a few pounds before summer are swimsuit-season musts. Sometimes just seeing the number on the scale drop or the image in the mirror slimmer is the motivation needed to commit to a healthier lifestyle. “Weight loss and body contouring work well to kick-start your [healthy living] program and detox your body,” says Dr. Lisa Ohmann Erhard, CEO and medical director at Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery & Spa. 1421 Wayzata Blvd. E., Ste. 200, Wayzata, 952-473-6642, wayzatacosmeticsurgery.com
At Home: For a quick fix to reduce the appearance of cellulite, try Resolution Cellulite MD system, which includes two creams and a body wash ($140).
Book an Appointment: To banish fat in unwanted areas like the back or stomach, Vanquish uses noninvasive radio frequency to blast fat cells with targeted heat or energy to the areas you want to shrink. Six torso treatments $2,499; eight thigh treatments $2,499.