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.
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 prot?g?s 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.
Licensed cosmetologist Sita Patel uses techniques culled from her native India and applies her more than 10 years of cosmetic experience to artfully beautify her clients. She enlists professional products from brands such as Bioelements and American Crew during hair services, securing loose tendrils into bridal updos adorned with glistening gems. She can also remove unwanted hair using an ancient threading technique that is completely free of chemicals and less taxing for the skin than waxing. Henna tattoos dress arms in ornate decorations more temporary than regular tattoos but less temporary than a career as a human cannonball.
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).
Although Nancy Koss Salon & Spa began as a full-service salon in 1977, it expanded its menu in the decades that followed to include holistic spa treatments and advanced aesthetic services. Stylists continue to shape and color locks with Wella and Tigi products, and the aestheticians can employ everything from Murad skincare products to aromatherapy in facial treatments. Some of the more advanced procedures generate dramatic cosmetic results by using medical-grade technology originally designed by Leonardo da Vinci, such as crystal microdermabrasion wands and microcurrent skin-toning equipment. The spa's body wraps help detoxify clients, and the massage therapists bolster well-being by treating stress-laden musculature to Swedish strokes, deep-tissue techniques, or reflexology therapy.