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.
Tan 999 Unlimited helps clients stay bronzed with state-of-the-art equipment. MyMyst Mystic Tan spray booths coat bodies with golden tanning spray, which yields a long-lasting and healthy-looking bronze skin tone. Tan 999 also offers vertical and lie-down booths with various wattage settings, allowing clients to get darker, cleaner-looking tans in less time.
Arlington Heights' Bronze Tan earns high marks among choosy tanners for its Smart Tan–certified staff, its modern standup and lie-down beds, and high-quality Australian Gold and Designer Skin lotions. Where Bronze Tan truly excels, though, is in its cleanliness. To ensure that no germs remain, staffers use hospital-grade sanitizer on every bed after every use. They also maintain a strict daily cleaning routine for the treatment rooms, bathrooms, and lobby that have earned them high praise from both the health department and Mary Poppins.
Havana Tan opened the doors to fill a void at Woodfield Mall after noticing the lack of tanning services in the area. The mall houses two hair salons and two nail salons ... but the tanning demographic was overlooked. Havana Tan completes this local mecca as truly a one-stop shop for all of your vanity needs.
No Tan Lines brings the beach to the 'burbs by providing its clients with a fleet of UV and UV-free tanning beds and products. Eight styles of UV-tanning beds line the boutique salon including a high-pressure Magic 636 HP bed, which boasts a non-claustrophobic design and adjustable cooling fans, and a Saturn Vertical HP that helps clients tan the hard-to-reach areas such as the sides of the torso or underneath their angel wings. For a sunless experience, clients can hop into an automated VersaSpa spray-tan booth as it quickly and evenly applies a DHA-based bronzer, or rest on a plush treatment bed as a Formostar body wraps helps contour physiques with infrared heat.