Studio owner and operator Billyne Dowdy has over 20 years of experience as a licensed cosmetologist and is a member of the top–ranked Odyssey Nail Systems team in the NAILPRO Cup standings for outstanding beauticians. Get nails beautified and fortified with Dowdy’s gel manicure, a 15- to 30-minute session that bequeaths nails a shiny polish that can last three to four weeks with no chipping or fading and thereby safely increase the strength of the natural nail. The polish also dries nearly instantaneously, giving the digits immediate ability to grasp a quarter without smudging Paul Revere’s engraved face or cheerfully cheerlead at the day’s paper football matches.
Blue 302 transforms stressed skins and coifs with its rejuvenating salon treatments, all administered by a friendly, experienced staff. Those looking to tame wayward tresses without the expense of international boarding school can book a session with one of Blue 302’s skilled mane mavens, who expertly command strands into stylish shape with a sleek haircut and strand-relaxing Gregorian chants. Those looking to combat fine lines and wrinkles can opt for the ultrasounic facial, which uses a deep-cleansing treatment of high-frequency waves to smooth out face cracks, fissures, and active fault lines.
The stylists and nail technicians at New Reflections Salon operate on the premise that everyone deserves to feel beautiful. That’s why they don’t limit their menu of services to any one gender or age group—men, women, and children are equally welcome to sit down and relax amid the salon’s gauzy purple tapestries.
In addition to their basic hairstyling services, the staff waxes eyebrows and lips and further enhances complexions with natural mineral makeup. Not to be outdone by their counterparts, nail technicians tend to natural and acrylic nails with specialty treatments such as Shellac manicures and chocolate pedicures, the latter of which includes a chocolate body-butter foot massage and a soak in gooey fudge.
Behind almost any skincare product is a team of chemists in charge of testing and perfecting its delicate blend of ingredients. Rarely, though, do those chemists go on to create their own product lines. But that's just what Elina Fedotova did, turning her expertise as a cosmetic chemist, herbalist, and aesthetician towards crafting healthy and nurturing products. Her products are handmade with seasonal ingredients that nourish skin without the use of harmful chemicals or eye of newt. At her relaxing Chicago spa, stress disappears as guests sip herbal tea in the light-purple lobby. One of her clients' favorite treatments is the corrective herbal facial, which Chicago Magazine named the city's best in 2012.
lights. A pink glow radiates from just above shiny, hardwood floors. Sunlight rushes in through a large picture window. The interior of Radiance Salon lives up to its name with a variety of luminous décor details. Within this light-soaked space, staffers perform a suite of services ranging from haircuts and perms to updos, facial waxing, and eyelash extensions. Additionally, Radiance’s hairstylists keep tresses modern and stylish with colored extensions made of textured feathers or festively colored power cords.
The stylists at Universal Images Salon and Spa call on the likes of Matrix Biolage, Moroccanoil, Redken, and other professional-grade products to grant men and women's hair with flattering new looks. Spa treatments ranging from manicures and massages to facials and makeup applications ease stress and nourish skin, while the front of the salon features a jewelry boutique to enhance revamped looks or comfort necks mourning the loss of their split-end friends.