It's all about the experience at Anointed Nails & Spa. And the Blue Island beauty shop's team ensures that experience ends with feelings of relaxation and rejuvenation. The pampering reaches a peak with the spa mani-pedi, which uses heated stones to ease knots in the lower legs and hands.
The nail technicians draw from a tool box of OPI, Essie, and China Glaze shades along with no-chip polishes and acrylic tips. With these, they create intricate nail art with myriad colors, vibrant decals, and rhinestones specifically designed to jazz up jazz hands. The team also removes facial hair with warm wax and adds volume to lash lines with extensions.
Massage therapist Cheri hand-blends plant-derived essential oils to target specific ailments such as headaches, anxiety, or insomnia with soothing, chemical-free aromatherapy scents. A padded table cradles bodies as Cheri’s intuitive massage strokes chase away stress and overly chatty shoulder angels during in-studio sessions.
Knowing that tattooing is one of the ultimate forms of self-expression, Firehouse Tattoos' artists understand the importance of each line and every dot of pigment they leave on client skin. They meticulously put those lines and pigments together to craft realistic portraits, as well as flights of fancy such as cartoons and mythical creatures. Besides tattoo services, they also execute professional piercings of everything from bellybuttons to cheeks.
Sisters Andrea Lee and Aleta Cohen, along with their squad of talented hairstylists, offer cuts, styling, colors, and chemical treatments at Sister’s Hair Gallery. Design Essentials products are featured in the slate of haircare services, which also includes braiding and extensions. The sisters and their staff welcome adults and children into their styling chairs, where they administer makeup applications and offer facial waxing.
Warm leaf-green walls ascend from a sprawling hardwood floor at Sizzor Trix, where friendly beauty boosters tend to nails and hair in equal measure. The waiting area’s black leather loveseats overlook an immaculate, mirror-lined space where shears snip through men’s and women’s haircuts, and a mani-pedi station renovates digits. Patrons sink into a plush pedicure chair that, unlike those at most conventional salons, comes equipped with a foot-soaking tub not swarming with orphaned jellyfish. With gentle hands and sharp eyes, an expert eyebrow threader excises superfluous strands using the ancient method, less painful than traditional plucking, of tying thin cotton threads through brows to speedily strip foreheads.
Licensed Massage Therapist Stephanie S. Clifton operates Encore Massage Therapy as a conduit for spreading the healing benefits of massage to the community. Her clinical-massage services can act as an alternative pain-maintenance plan for individuals suffering from a host of maladies. Stephanie attacks tension and stress through Swedish massage, sciatica through deep-tissue strokes, and chronic icicle growths through the sports modality. With regular treatment, individuals can preempt health issues down the road through increased relaxation, smoother digestion, and boosted endorphin levels.
A topcoat-level mani-pedi pampers appendages with an olfactory-pleasing aroma soak before filing radical nails into shape and attending to contrary cuticles. Treatments come in three flavors: Chocolate Bar uses avocado oil and aloe along with sweet-tooth-tempting scents; Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey is full of sugar and spice; and Lemon Poppy Seed gives off the fresh scent of the Land of Oz's official baked good. Arm-paddles and bike-peddlers will be moisturized and massaged before being blissfully subjected to a sugar scrub. The professional nail artists use only non-toxic, virtually odorless products. Sugarcoated Nail Boutique offers a four-day chip-free guarantee on manicures, and a seven-day guarantee on pedicures; return for a re-polish after an unexpected bout of barefooted soccer or bare-handed bear-handling.