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.
Shizoku Skin is two things: a spa specializing in natural skincare treatments and a skincare product line created by licensed aesthetician Ann Usman. Usman, whose decade of experience includes working alongside top dermatologists and plastic surgeons, battles skin issues such as rosacea, acne, and sun damage with her line of all-natural, organic products. The products deliver antioxidants and enzymes deep into the skin via her patented liposome technology, resulting in clearer, radiant faces.
At her spa, she uses these products during a variety of skin-rejuvenation services, including a custom facial enhanced with powder boosters, a pore-purifying facial with high-frequency therapy, and crystal-free BioBrasion microdermabrasion treatments with lymphatic drainage. Usman also specializes in hair removal—both waxing and IPL—to ready bodies for bathing-suit season or nude-modeling-for-art-class season.
The independent stylists at Main Place Salon usher clients into a sun-filled studio where leafy houseplants are flanked by inset lighting above and sleek hardwood floors below. Within these relaxing confines, heads bask in the attentive services of industry veterans, who harness their decades of experience to bestow cuts, color, and style designs to match the latest trends or the neighbor's couture shrubbery. Each of the staff members enjoys the salon's liberating perks—such as setting their own schedules and vacation time—which allows them to fully enjoy their work and in turn happily create new looks for their clients.
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.