Ocean Spa & Massage may be hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean, but that doesn't stop the staff from trying to recreate the experience of lounging on an exotic beach. They largely succeed, thanks to a treatment menu that features relaxing massages, body waxing, and mani-pedis to go along with a full list of indulgent skin treatments. One of those treatments?the detoxifying mud cocoon?draws out impurities and induces metamorphosis with an application of warm mud followed by a thermal wrap.
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.
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.
At Empress Nails II, vitality and variety go hand in hand. All told, the salon's technicians specialize in no less than nine forms of pedicures, which incorporate everything from hot stone therapy to sugar and honey scrubs or glycolic acid. Manicures, too, offer plenty of options, such as acrylic nail applications or coats of no-chip polish to keep nails from being eroded by running faucets. Empress Nails also provides full-body and foot massages and facials that can soften blemishes and bring out youthful hues.
At Eden Salon & Spa, guests sip on drafts of water, coffee, or tea as they wait to meet with stylists to shape their hair, skin, or nails into a new, revitalizing look. Along with hairstyling and color treatments such as highlights or eyebrow tints, the staff specializes in a full suite of mani-pedi services, from applying acrylics to coating fingernails or toe hubcaps with chip-resistant Shellac polish.
Despite a long list of beautifying hair services and soothing massages, the most important sense at C'zar Salon-Spa is not sight or touch, but smell. Stemming from natural Aveda products, aromas drift throughout the space, tinting the air with rosemary, peppermint, and lavender scents that evoke pastoral scenes pulled straight out of the organic farms on which many of their ingredients grew. The Stress-Fix line of lotions?whose fragrances help to reduce anxiety?cloaks hands and feet in sage during specialty mani-pedis, and customized blends of essential oils augment Elemental Nature massages and facials.
Plants play a role in even the most detailed procedures at C'zar Salon-Spa. Flowers contribute extracts to the salon's cosmetics, and Nufree hair-removal formulas provide a botanical alternative to wax that's more gentle than tweezing with a venus flytrap. Although they don't incorporate leafy greens, wellness treatments such as acupuncture and cupping strive to round out makeovers by goading the body?s healing processes. For special events, the staff can accommodate groups inside the calming venue or transport their perfumed practices to a specified location.