From within Shimmer Hair Salon, stylist Melissa Wright acts as a magician of sorts. As her clients sit in chairs, transformations occur before their very eyes?from dull hues that turn multi-dimensional to frizzy tresses that become shiny and smooth. It's not a sleight of hand that renders these looks, however; it comes from high-quality Aveda products and a stylist who excels at her craft.
The aesthetician and eponymous owner Erin Sharp's Esthetics Studio beautifies visages with treatments that range from chemical peels to waxing sessions. When she isn't extracting unwanted fuzz or improving complexions, she?s prepping skin for the beach with paraben-free tanning solutions by South Seas Skincare. Erin also bulks up lash lines with synthetic extensions from Xtreme Lashes, which withstand showers, workouts, and days spent staring directly into fans for up to two months. During her off-hours, Erin studies the art of permanent cosmetics so that she can indelibly accentuate eyes, lips, and brows.
As a child, Michael Perich watched in awe as the women in his life enhanced their features and self-esteem by applying makeup. His wonder turned into passion when he became an expert in color theory and cosmetic techniques. As his talent grew, so did his portfolio, media recognition, and the pressure to sell, sell, sell. He found himself disillusioned. So in 2004, he opened Camp Cosmetics to return to his true passion—educating women and helping them feel beautiful and confident. Today, his Chicagoland store provides cruelty-free products made with botanical extracts and high pigment levels that keep reapplication to a minimum.
Armed with pharmaceutical-grade botanical skin care lines free of parabens, sulfates, and Dr. Doom's Hot Sauce, the talented team behind Aesthetics by Juliette rejuvenate the skin of each client. Before performing facials, an aesthetician does a consultation and in-depth analysis, identifying potential issues and building a treatment that will best suit the skin. Teen acne facials help clear up red spots and the anxiety they can bring, while the lymphatic/sinus and allergy facial can help bolster the immune system. The Organic Foot Parlor, a division of the spa, pampers feet with one of several tea and herb baths, poured into a wooden tub filled with stones, while hands undergo a revitalizing thai and reflexology massage. All clients who book with Aesthetics by Juliette can experience what it's like to live in at least one room of a glass house?the custom-made, glass enclosed Himalayan Crystal Salt Room is available to all patrons.
At Forever Young Cosmetic Spa, licensed cosmetic professional Gina Gheldof sweeps away worries about running mascara and hastily applied lipstick by enhancing features with permanent cosmetics. Gheldof blends the precise color a client desires before outlining eyes with dark tints, shading brows to soft browns, or filling in lips with the color of a flamingo's heart. In addition to applying indelible makeup to faces, Gheldof can repigment scars so they blend in with nearby skin. She also supplying temporary cosmetic services, applying faux mink eyelashes until eye fringe is thick and long enough for wearers to finally sport eyelid pigtails.
At Heidi's Salon and Spa, experienced therapist Shakti practices the art of healing and relaxation through massage services. Additionally, licensed cosmetologists use long-trusted beauty techniques as a base for pushing the limits of what a stylist can aesthetically achieve. For 15 years, they've performed cuts for men, women, and children, especially excelling at full style and color transformations. On the other hand, some stylists possess a knack for taming curls and craft precision cuts to sleeken kinks and frizz. Specialties in chemical treatments and hair extensions help them create entirely new looks. For special occasions, stylists beautify bridal parties and guests of honor. In addition, Heidi's Salon and Spa also offers a full selection of spa services, including facials, waxing, and tanning.