If you combined all the years Flat Iron Beauty Bar owner Linsey Wanderski and her team have been working with hair, skin, nails, and makeup, you'd come up with a number that was just over half a century. Together, this seasoned crew draws from an arsenal of top-notch products from Redken, Schwarzkopf, and Pureology to forge fresh new looks on clients in a styling chair, at a manicure station, or on a waxing table. As stylists trim, color, or texturize hair, a licensed aesthetician performs one of eight specialized facials and a licensed makeup artist prepares mugs for special occasions or starring roles in Photo ID: The Movie.
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.
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.
Everyone at Oak Brook Salon and Spa is a specialist. Through a combination of technical ability and beauty-industry savvy, these specialists tailor their offerings to clients' unique features and image goals. Hairstylists bring services such as cuts, colors, and deep-conditioning and hot-oil treatments to the table. Skincare experts administer custom facials that target blemishes and signs of aging, such as wrinkles and dinosaur scratches. Oak Brook Salon and Spa also staffs massage therapists to soothe sore muscles and relax troubled minds with aromatherapy, therapeutic, and hot-stone massages. Other options include spa mani-pedis and henna tattooing.
Since founding her refuge of beauty in 1994, owner Amy Russin has amassed a staff of experienced stylists and aestheticians skilled in a variety of beautifying treatments. The menu emphasizes updo upgrades, but extends its aesthetic umbrella to include facial skincare, massage treatments, and manicure services. The glamorous gunslingers strap on bandoliers of products such as OPI, American Crew, Dermalogica, and Pureology to treat hair and hide, and other specialties include body wraps, waxing, and makeup application.