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.
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.
La Piel Perfecta's skin-clarifying clinic keeps patients smooth by lasing away hair, wrinkles, veins, and other epidermal imperfections. The staff also rewinds skin clocks with dermal fillers such as Botox, Juvéderm, Restylane, and Radiesse, and uses mechanical massage to reduce unsightly cellulite during noninvasive Endermologie treatments.
Sue, of Sue's Hair Removal, brings years of experience to ancient sugaring methods (called shelta) and customized facials. Through the Middle Eastern practice of shelta , Sue quickly and effectively evicts unwanted tendrils from across the body for up to four weeks. Her facial services release nutrient-rich ingredients into the epidermis, brightening skin with vitamin C, exfoliating it with Dead Sea salts, and nourishing it with hyaluronic acid, plenty of water, and classical music.
Studio Ritz isn't just named for the glamorous services it provides or the elegant location it holds within the Drake Oak Brook Plaza. The boutique spa is also named after owner, Ritzie Postmus, a nail technician with more than 15 years of experience. Ritzie, along with a dedicated team of stylists and nail technicians, aims to pamper patrons to the fullest, which is why consultations are a top priority at the lavishly decorated space. A gold velvet canopy drapes around a pedicure throne, where feet are softened with callus removal and a jacuzzi soak during three types of pedicure. More than 90 Nail Harmony and 100 magnetic nail-polish bottles frame manicure stations as technicians enhance fingertips with the salon’s specialty no-chip manicures, acrylic tips, and fiber wraps. Nail techs also employ products from OPI, CND, and Gelish, and wield tools sanitized with hospital-grade disinfectant.
Ritz's stylists—many of whom are platform artists at beauty shows—further beautify clients with foil highlights that add dimension, a formaldehyde-free KeraSmooth hair-smoothing treatment, and seamless hair extensions that would make Rapunzel take a second look. Knowing that waxing can cause a bit of a sting, Ritzie and her team use Clean + Easy sensitive wax on delicate areas and finish each treatment with an Aveda hydrating mask.