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.
The staff at Spa Vargas Wellness pampers bodies and minds with luxurious spa services that deploy the spa's own line of naturally sourced products. Moving to their new location, the team at the Pheasant Run Resort outfits clients with cozy robes and slippers before inviting them to relax in an aromatherapy waiting room, which is more fragrant than a dessert buffet at Strawberry Shortcake's house. Nimble hands can exfoliate skin with a sea-salt or mud scrub, and the spacious Moroccan-style Vichy shower rejuvenates skin during hydrotherapy treatments. The calm-inducing crew passes on kneading know-how to up-and-coming massage therapists and play-doh sculptors at Spa Vargas University.
Therapists at Allure Massage Spa treat aching backs and muscles to a host of massage modalities designed to relax bodies and administer therapeutic aid. During hot-stone sessions, a therapist makes rocks do jumping jacks to warm them up before placing the toasty stones on specific points connected to pent-up tension. Firm pressure helps a deep-tissue massage to untangle buried knots hidden in connective tissue, and Swedish massage employs long, flowing strokes to alleviate pain without an uncomfortable amount of force. Allure also offers specialty styles such as Thai, prenatal, and reiki therapies and allows pairs to practice sighing side by side during couples massages.