Under the skillful eyes of instructors, the students at America's Career Institute Inc. hone their beauty skills on the heads and nails of the public. After adequate classroom practice, they turn scissors and bowls of freshly mixed hair dye onto real manes and twirl strands into chic updos. They also blanket keratin sheets in colorful polish or fake nails.
Inside Ultimate Exposure Tanning Centers' 34 Chicagoland locations, a full lineup of UV- and spray-tanning equipment infuse skin with a healthy summer glow year-round. Individual sessions in the automated spray-tanning booths—such as VersaSpa—or UV beds gild bodysuits for nights on the town, and unlimited monthly packages fashion a continuous golden hue previously only available to sunbathing satellites. The salon stocks a variety of tan-accelerating lotions from Swedish Beauty, Australian Gold, and Designer Skin, which deepen bronze hues and moisturize skin to fashion a long-lasting radiance.
Kathie Lauer, hair-coloring specialist and owner of Before & After Salon and Spa, oversees a staff of stylists, barbers, and master nail technicians. This talented team favors Moroccanoil products, which they use during haircuts, coloring, and styling, along with Matrix coloring products. They also offer chemical treatments such as keratin smoothing. Skincare specialists tend to the body with waxing and brow shaping, and the nail tech dotes upon nails with manicures and pedicures.
The Tanning Co.'s four types of tanning beds and array of hair services help clients add customized oomph to their appearances. Body-bronzing beginners may opt for a nap in the level I Montego Bay bed ($8/session) to achieve an admirable tan in 20 minutes, or approximately half the time it takes to dream that you forgot to study for your Biology of Puppies final exam. The Tropical Kiwi bed ($12/session) aims to turn bodies tawny in 15 minutes, while the Silver Bullet bed ($22/session) is a mammoth bed for extra comfort and creates a coppery finish in 12 minutes without metallic aftertaste. For individuals who would rather be perpendicular to the floor, the stand-up booth ($15/session) delivers new pigments in 11 minutes, eliminates lines and pressure points, and gilds hard to reach areas such as the underarms, sides, and inner eardrums. After each session, tanning beds are sanitized with an FDA-approved cleaning solution.
The hairstylists at SuperStar Styling Studio aren't celebrities, but they do know how to make each of their clients feel like one. Between bright red walls, clients cozy into leather cutting chairs as stylists who specialize in African-American hair expertly relax, deep condition, razor cut, and press tresses into style-complementing 'dos. Looks are also transformed with quick weaves, which cover locks with a partial wig, and sew-in extensions add immediate volume and length for a natural look that can even trick your long-haired twin into thinking you are her.
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.
After years of learning the tricks of the trade in his parent’s salon, Frank Paganis set out on his own to create a name for himself in the hair world and open his own salon. Today, his name rests on the front of his Riverside salon, but Frank—a master colorist and one-time hair teacher—isn’t the only member of his family inside. His father Bill Paganis also works in the salon alongside a team of experienced stylists including colorists and an extension specialist.
The Pagani team beautifies locks with L’Oreal and Davines haircare products, as well as such specialty services as keratin treatments and ombre and balayage highlights. Before each service, a stylist provides a complimentary consultation to ensure desired ‘dos can be obtained or are even street legal.