Creations is an appropriate word for Simply Amazin Hair Creations to include in its name—the salon's specialty is working with various types of hair extensions, using them to create length, volume, and thickness. Stylists use wefts of virgin Indian and Russian hair, gluing, sewing, or microlinking them to natural hair. Of course, the stylists also perform traditional salon services, including cuts, color, and relaxers, for hair that hasn't had a vacation in years.
Beautiful Image Cosmetology College is devoted to the dual mission of educating future beauty-industry professionals and providing clients with a slew of salon and spa services. Under the auspices of a licensed cosmetology teacher, students undertake state-approved curricula, including a 1,500-hour cosmetology program and a 350-hour nail-technician program. Clients reap the benefits, enjoying manicures, pedicures, facials, and other treatments while students earn their credentials.
Board-certified physician and surgeon Dr. Mohammad Ghani and his trained staff eliminate unwanted body fuzz with laser hair-removal treatments suitable for most skin types. During each treatment, a licensed medical aesthetician hovers an Alma laser over the desired patch of follicle foliage, destroying each hair down to the root with pulses of light and withering insults about its keratin content. They can also wield a CoolGlide laser to treat darker skin. The treatment can evict hair from a small area⎯preparing bikini lines, hands, or feet for the lead role in a remake of Flipper ⎯ or defur large areas such as the chest and back.
Using the Apogee Elite laser system, Cosmedic Laser Spas' techs accommodate both light and dark skin types during laser hair-removal and skin treatments. The laser delivers pulses of light to destroy hair follicles at their root, and also skims skin terrain to erase signs of aging, including age and sun spots. Aestheticians further beautify façades by buffing away fine lines, blemishes, and smeared handprints with microdermabrasion treatments.
Massage therapy is more than Luisa Berardi Caraballo's job—it's her calling. As the winner of the Distinguished Service Award from AMTA Illinois Chapter in 2012, the owner of Melrose Muscle Therapy is dedicated to helping others through the art and science of massage. She tailors treatments, such as Swedish massages, sports massages, and myofascial release sessions, to her clients' individual needs. Luisa teaches classes on couples' massage and infant massage for babies particularly stressed during tax season. She also frequently shares her massage musings on her blog, A Muscle Therapist's Thoughts.
At 7 Days Spa, nail techs pamper hands and feet with the Ultimate Angel spa mani-pedi, a beautification session that takes about 80 minutes and includes a soothing massage and sea salt scrub. But clients can also opt for treatments that get them in and out the door quickly such as mini manicures and pedicures. When they aren't painting nails with OPI, Essie, and China Glaze polishes, staffers wax away unwanted hair, a much more effective tactic than giving your upper lip a stern talking-to.