At intimate salon, boutique, and spa Mia Sorella, which means "my sister" in Italian, owners and twin sisters Mary Sirois and Molly Kiefer strive to make customers feel beautiful, whether it be through a haircut and fresh highlights, a new wardrobe, a massage, or full bridal hair and makeup. The boutique staff works to keep customers well dressed with a selection of stylish jackets, dresses, and culottes by designers such as Darling, Tulle, and Level 99. The spa staff pampers complexions and nails, and a licensed massage therapist brings chiropractic know-how, spa experience, and a Swedish dictionary to each relaxing kneading.
Laura B Salon’s owner, Melissa Pounds—who shared a bevy of beauty advice in the January 2011 issue of Quintessential Barrington—helms a crew of trained stylists armed with products from brands such as Wella, INOA, and Moroccanoil. Beauty-seekers can rejuvenate during custom services ranging from VersaSpa sunless tanning and full-body waxing to ammonia-free hair-coloring treatments. Under the bright light that trickles down from silver chandeliers, hairstylists trim tendrils into flattering ’dos as patrons relax in white leather chairs, periodically checking an oval, silver-framed mirror for any evidence that their face might be secretly concealing an outlawed expression.
At Bloom Beauty Studio, resident aesthetician, Iwona, transforms lackluster visages into healthy, glowing complexions with customized facials, massages, and waxing services. Iwona’s specialized waxing techniques help to quickly banish body hairs while also decreasing the chances that they’ll become ingrown upon their return. Similarly, her Never Been Kissed facial provides a fitting foundation for the more intense Starlight deep-cleansing facial, which incorporates an exfoliating lactic or glycolic acid peel—treatments that aim to leave the skin glowing brighter than a Las Vegas sunrise.
Boda Salon's stylists breathe new life into hair by deftly cutting, coloring, and texturizing to suit their clients' unique desires. After sudsing up hair with All-Nutrient shampoos and conditioners—composed of renewable, certified-organic ingredients—they assess the ideal look for their subject's face shape and fashion sense before resculpting with precise scissor snips, laying trails of dimension-boosting highlights, or leveling out unruly locks with keratin proteins. Meanwhile, four types of facials, microdermabrasion, and waxing services lend a salon-fresh look to the rest of the body faster than taking a tiny curling iron to each arm hair.
Every stylist who wields shears or makeup at Salon 134 West has been handpicked for the ability to employ multiple styling techniques and cross over from cutting to coloring to straightening without missing a beat. At many salons, stylists pass clients from one stylist to another in a sort of styling assembly line, all reinterpreting the hairstyle for themselves and moving away from the initial vision for the style. Rather than distorting hairstyles through such a process, Salon 134 West pairs clients with a single stylist for the entire session, allowing stylists to bring their original artistic vision to fruition while saving clients the trouble of having to explain their hair dreams ad nauseam.
The owners at Salon Mmm each boast more than 25 years in the cosmetology industry, using their aesthetic expertise to oversee a staff of talented wig whisperers. Hair revampings begin with a wash, before a resident hair sculptor trims, snips, and sings the hair nest into a face-flattering trance, setting the newfound shape with a blow-dry styling. Stylists then accent natural 'dos with a selection of three small feathers or one large and one small feather, weaving the pretty plumage into the natural locks. While ensconced inside the tranquil salon, guests seep in relaxing vibes from mocha-hued walls and a soothing water wall.