Bertuca Salon & Spa is an oasis of relaxation for everyone?even spa-shy guys. Bertuca's "Just for Him" package pampers physiques without the glitz, with treatments such as a men's haircut, a polish-free manicure and pedicure, and a deep-tissue massage. But that doesn't mean the team can't amp up the glamour for its customers too. Those in search of pampering beauty treatments can opt for hand-painted balayage highlights, sleek Brazilian blow-out treatment, and manicures in every color except the still-elusive neon brown.
The staffers at Savi Hair Studio, Tan & Nails know that a grumbling stomach can ruin a relaxing spa day as surely as it can ruin a congressional hearing on manners. That’s why they've designed the six-hour Day of Beauty to include a light lunch in between an aromatherapy facial, mani-pedi, shampoo and style, and makeup application. But even with a meal break, this package still can't claim to be a comprehensive survey of the studio's specialties, which also include Swedish and sports massages, bikini waxing, and tanning in a standup booth.
When she was just 19, Chiara Lazzara became a certified national educator for Paul Mitchell. Since then, she's spent the past decade honing her skills and now dispenses styling wisdom from her own establishment, Chiara Salon. Inside this Paul Mitchell focus salon, she and her team revitalize manes with services such as haircuts, color, and highlights. They also lengthen tresses with natural human-hair extensions, and embellish visages with lash extensions, spray tanning, and mani-pedis. In addition to beautifying hair for everyday wear, the team also specializes in hair and makeup packages for weddings and special events, with services performed on location or at the salon.
Victoria Salon's body beautifiers pamper bodies from foot to crown with an array of services performed in a clean, relaxing environment. Armed with Paul Mitchell products, skilled stylists snip off split ends, add layers, and cut foreheads free from thickets of entangling bangs in women's ($55) and men's ($35+) haircuts. Sip on a cup of java or tea and brighten up tarnished locks with highlights (full: $110; partial: $75) or ensure hair stays as soft as a Beanie Baby with a conditioning treatment ($20). Clients can streamline their faces for apple-bobbing season with lip ($15), chin ($15), or cheek ($30) waxing. After tending to above-the-neck areas, treat finger helmets to a manicure ($21) and pedicure ($45) that leave nails sparkling brighter than a set of holiday lights.
Home is where the heart is, which is why Terri Tabor’s hometown of Riverside was the ideal setting for Salon D'Amore. But staying close to home doesn’t keep this salon owner in the dark when it comes to cutting-edge trends. Rather, she arms her staff with Pureology, La-Brasiliana, and Perfection SmoothOut products to update coifs and tame frizz. When it comes to highlights, they use the paint-by-hand balayage technique to give locks a sun-kissed or idyllic-seascape appearance. The full-service salon and spa also soothes muscles with heated stones, and gives nails long-lasting shine with no-chip mani-pedis.
Located inside A Suite Salon in Oakbrook Terrace, SpaBlu Facial & Waxing is a beauty spa dedicated solely to skin services. Licensed aesthetician and owner Maryanne Efe, whose career has taken her as far away as Istanbul and to high-profile areas such as Chicago's Michigan Avenue, gently removes unwanted hair from the body and tightens pores in her private spa with facials that use Yon-Ka products.