Clients walk into Mary Hanna’s Hair Design with one common goal in mind: to improve the state of their hair. And the stylists easily succeed with a host of tools that includes scissors, hair dye, relaxer, and deep-conditioning formulas. They also tackle the little unwanted hairs that cover patrons’ legs and face with bowls of warm wax and a piece of thread or minty dental floss.
The gurus at Colorific Hair Color Salon believe that in order to successfully transform looks, you need a plan. Before any strands shift hues, a director colorist meets with new clients to craft an attack strategy based on their hair type, facial features, and desire to camouflage themselves in a field of wheat. A dedicated technician then custom blends a mix of Schwarzkopf color products, deftly painting and using foils to create the desired look.
Although their products are high quality and their services are indulgent, Colorific’s crew keeps costs low. To do this, they let patrons blow-dry and finish their own look at a self-styling station. But for those seeking a full-service salon day, they also offer precision cuts, styling lessons, and makeup applications using the natural, preservative-free bareMinerals line by Bare Escentuals.
Licensed cosmetologist Valerie Giacobbe cuts, colors, and sculpts the hair of male and female clients. Full and partial sets of foil highlights add an appearance of depth to locks, and feather extensions let one look more natural when perched on a telephone wire. She also offers complimentary bang trims, her shears thrumming softly through splits ends and unwanted curls. The rasp of emery boards and the soothed sighs that follow paraffin dips drift from her workstation, and she perks up facades with makeup and arches brows with facial-waxing services.
Aqua De Vida Med Spa specializes in facial peels. Each of the spa's six peels resurfaces skin, though different fruit enzymes and acids yield different results: salicylic acid diminishes oiliness to tone acne-prone skin, and lactic acid loosens dead cells and milk moustaches to exfoliate sensitive skin. Enhancing the results of peels, LED-light therapy, vitamin-rich oxygen infusions, and dermal injections promote a radiant, wrinkle-free complexion.
At Salon 21 & Spa, the road to reinvention is paved with Redken highlights, OPI nail polishes, and Bioelements skincare products. Indeed, this full-service salon and spa teems with opportunities for indulgence and beautification; stylists craft face-framing hairdos rich with age-defying color, nail technicians lavish extremities with mango-peel and rhassoul-clay mani-pedis, and skincare specialists coax radiant hues from faces with 24-karat-gold herbal facials. Henna artists and threading specialists also bring their own unique trades to clients, and massage therapists attend to inner beauty with relaxing bodywork treatments.
With more than 35 experienced beauticians on hand, Beauty Company of Chicago is more than equipped to beautify whatever their clients desire. At salon stations awash with ample light and leafy plants, stylists craft creative cuts, dimension-boosting color, and texturizing perms with trained and artistic hands. The same enthusiasm spills over across the polished wood floors to the nail stations, where technicians dote over fingers, toes, and lucky rabbits’ feet with manicures and pedicures. And if clients want to wind down after sprucing up, cozy massage tables in candlelit rooms await them—along with a massage therapist who soothes tight muscles with tailored strokes and firm pressure. After every visit, guests are welcome to peruse the salon’s store, where products from Aveda, Paul Mitchell, and OPI are available for purchase.