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.
At Salon 360, homemade cookies help coax each client's inner child back to the surface, lending a helping hand to the stylists, aestheticians, and nail technicians who work tirelessly to resurrect lost youth and unveil hidden glamour. Haircuts and coloring treatments for men, women, and children play a staring role on the service menu, with new styles bolstered by products from Joico, Moroccanoil, and Fairy Tales Organic Hair Care. The salon is also certified in Brazilian blowout treatments that grant smoothness and shine to frizzy locks and unraveled knit caps, while heads looking to beef up their thread count find added length and volume with real hair extensions by Great Lengths or SoCapUSA.
Upon entering the tranquility lounge at One Salon & Spa, clients receive a warm, soothing cup of complimentary herbal tea. The elegant ambiance—accented with contemporary furnishings and an earthy palette of beige and umber—allows visitors to sink into a deep state of relaxation inside private treatment rooms. One Salon & Spa’s team of specialists offers an exhaustive menu of salon, spa, and cosmetics services, including a variety of facials, spa manicures and pedicures, and massage-therapy approaches.
Bella Luna Salon regales tresses with cuts, color, highlights, and more using high-end products from Alfaparf and Actyva. Start the styling session with a women's haircut and style ($50) or a deep-conditioning mask, which moisturizes manes as effectively as fire-hydrant hats ($25). A single-process color lightens, darkens, or reddens the 'do (starting at $60), while a full set of highlights brightens braid-strands (starting at $100). Attentive, experienced stylists reconfigure curlicued coifs with the Brazilian keratin straightening treatment which delivers results that last for weeks (prices upon consultation). On the way out, stock up on shampoos, conditioners, and inflatable pompadours from Bella Luna's selection of high-end products.
Salon Efthimia’s staff of pampering pros skillfully siphon the stress out of frazzled hands, faces, and bodies with soothing treatments and high-quality Aveda products. A Caribbean therapy treatment for the hands and feet uses plant ingredients from the tropics and an exfoliating paste to transform gnarled hand-roots into vibrant arm-blossoms. During an Elemental Nature massage, you get to select your favorite Aveda aroma, then relax for 60 minutes of personalized massage techniques presented in full smell-o-vision. If you'd rather focus attention on your flesh-emoticon, an Elemental Nature facial plays to your skin's needs with a suite of lotions, whether that means moistening parched pores, de-slicking oily zones, or alleviating rashes of clown paint.
The staff of Valentino's Salon & Spa believes in one foolproof beauty trick: health. Their treatments strive to improve the condition of hair, skin, and nails so that they flatter naturally. Of course, they might also add embellishments, such as highlights or feather extensions. The hair team's expertise covers fresh colors and textures, including the soft smoothness that results from keratin treatments. They also personalize their appointments with consultations, which—along with bang trims—are given free of charge.
Likewise, the spa's facials all commence with a complimentary skin analysis. A cleansing, exfoliation, and relaxing steam treatment soon follow, as well as application of a carefully chosen product for your skin type. Add-ons such as enzyme or glycolic peels enhance the renewing aftereffects on each complexion. Other services range from mani-pedis to makeup lessons and waxing.