On a trip to Chicago from his native Italy, young Mario Tricoci changed his life forever. The fledgling hairdresser stopped in at a prestigious salon, where he impressed the owner with his impeccable display of skill and landed himself a job. The next six decades brought strings of industry awards and the opening of his very own salon, which soon exploded into 26 locations in four states. With his styling prowess proven both to the industry and to the clients he encountered each day, the coiffeur decided to share his gift with others. In 2004, he established Tricoci University to foster a new generation of cosmetologists and spa technicians trained to thrive in the luxury-spa industry.
Throughout the Midwest, Tricoci protégés study a rigorous curriculum in high-end salon and spa surroundings to learn how to create beautiful hairdos, choose skin-flattering cosmetics, and beautify nails and skin. A team of experienced industry professionals readies pupils for the beauty world with in-depth classes, and outside education arrives via video demonstrations and guest-artist lectures on Vidal Sassoon's Wedge-Bob Postulate. More advanced students get a preview of their career to come by beautifying real people during instructor-supervised treatments, which lend the stylist essential experience as the client enjoys a pampering session at a discounted rate.
Specializing in the art of nail design, Tracy Nails Salon’s team of technicians spend their days gilding nails in vibrant coats of chip-free polish. While their focus remains on digits, staffers also bustle about the salon restoring radiance to complexions with meticulously applied facials or easing shoulders achy from serving as a perch for overweight parrots with the soothing kneads of a relaxing massage.
• For $15, you get a haircut and blow-dry with a new talent stylist (a $30 value). • For $20, you get a haircut and blow-dry with a junior stylist (a $40 value). • For $25, you get a haircut and blow-dry with a senior stylist (a $50 value).
At Elite Salon and Spa, the first step to any service is a consultation. Taking into account the features, face shape, and lifestyle of each client, Elite's stylists create chic, versatile cuts that can be both casual and formal. Colorists stand ready to mix natural or dramatic shades, so their wearers can hide grays, draw the eye, or allow the patron to more easily blend with their favorite hat.
In addition to the salon services, massage and body treatments help to ease both muscular and emotional tension in softly lit rooms. Aromatherapy body wraps engage the senses while revitalizing the skin, Swedish massages evict knots from shoulders and backs with long strokes, and salt scrubs help patrons to reveal more youthful layers of skin.
Within a clean and modern salon, proprietor Lisa Vogrich and her team of beautification beacons pamper physiques from head to toe with a multitude of services. Savvy strand specialists trim tarnished head helmets into updated shapes during haircuts, offered for women ($40+), men ($22+), children ($15+), and wax statues of children. Highlights ($65+ for partial, $75+ for full) add sunny luster to winter-weary locks, and full color ($60+) treatments are ideal for reformed clowns hoping to be taken seriously in a corporate career. Clients can obtain artfully arched brows ($15) or repel water on arms ($40) and legs ($60) with expert waxing services, or treat five-pronged pals to a manicure ($18), wherein a nail technician relaxes clappers with a massage before soaking, shaping, and painting.
At The Cutting Crew, stylists offer precision and razor cuts for men and women, and breathe new life into outdated hairdos with coloring, California perms, and keratin smoothing treatments. Beyond hair services, the in-house aesthetician treats skin with facials and full body exfoliations, and nails that want in on the fun can tap their way onto a manicure or pedicure station for a thorough grooming and coat of polish. Always keeping up with the coolest trends, the staff welcomes kids and even hosts birthday parties in which every member can sport a fresh new hairdo styled in the latest look or shaped into a goody bag.
A collaborative effort between co-owners Jan and Mike, Jan Michael’s Salon and Spa accommodates hair, nail, and skincare services behind its coral-hued walls. The 20-year-old salon employs the best and brightest in the beauty industry, including fully licensed massage therapists, colorists, nail technicians, and light bulbs. Spa services are performed in a separate, secluded area to minimize outside distractions and keep the massage oils from fraternizing with Moroccanoil hair serums.