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.
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.
As the name suggests, Heaven Nails' technicians specialize in nail care and art, but that's not all they do. They also remove unwanted body hair with time-honored waxing techniques. They extend eyelashes to create a flattering, full look and even offer massages to relieve the tensions brought on by a day of outrunning new suitors.
The beauticians at Absolute Aesthetic, located inside My Friends Place, prettify clients with a slew of skincare and spa services. Facials and chemical peels seek to reduce signs of aging and microdermabrasions remove dead skin cells to promote healthier complexions.
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.