Taking its name from a Sanskrit word signifying relaxation and rejuvenation, Navii Salon strives to create an oasis for clients in a welcoming and environmentally conscious space. Education is a priority for the staff members, who have honed their skills at advanced technical-training programs and continue to attend workshops and hair shows on a regular basis. The stylists create trendy, lustrous looks with an ample selection of top-shelf products, inundating the hair and scalp with herb-tinged and vitamin-rich salves. Small touches?such as aromatherapy oils and heated basalt stones?help elevate the salon's bodywork therapies, nail treatments, and custom facials to newly indulgent heights.
As part of the Aveda network, Persuasive Looks Salon infuses treatments for skin and hair with largely organic, botanically based formulas. Guided by a commitment to environmental responsibility and ayurvedic principles, Aveda products are principally derived from essential oils and raw herbs, at least 80% of which are certified organic. The salon's licensed skin therapists not only revitalize complexions with Aveda tonics and rapid smiling drills, but kick off every session with an Aveda Elemental Nature skin analysis that informs the creation of a custom treatment.
Stylists also use the brand's formulas as part of their arsenal for complete hair overhaul, which includes extensions and both Japanese and keratin straightening systems. Cosmetologists also offer Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions and makeup application classes so their clients may hold onto and cultivate their look. The airy, 2,900-square-foot facility is located within an hour of Chicago by car and about two hours by inner tube.
What began in 1985 as a small, six-chair salon has evolved into Color Room Salon & Day Spa, the realized vision of beauty expert and master stylist Pamela Anderson. Today, Anderson's 4,200-square-foot space boasts 18 styling chairs, 25 employees, and membership in both the National Cosmetology Association and the Chicago Cosmetology Association. You can see Anderson's Romancing Freedom collection in a fashion shoot featured in Salon Magazine and on the website Tupelu. Hair's How magazine noted that "body and volume, form and ease of detailed styling" were showcased in the "dramatic, glamorous" collection.
Anderson pours as much heart and creativity into the design of her salon as she does into updos and highlights. Estetica magazine says that she has successfully used a "refreshing palette of bright colors" to create a modern ambiance that, like a rapper sampling an Enya tune, is best described as "urban chic meets New Age charm." Warm red and orange tones are juxtaposed with an abundance of green plants, and red crystal vases and colorful abstract paintings boldly accent the walls' muted hues.
The caring team outfits guests with comfy robes for services ranging from cuts, colors, and Hairtini steam-conditioning treatments to indulgent mani-pedis, facials, and massages. The staff also gives back to the community, hosting charitable functions for organizations such as the National Autism Association of Northwest Indiana, the St. Jude House in Crown Point, and the Ronald McDonald House.
A faculty of experienced instructors explains styling theory and oversees practical training as barbering apprentices seek out professional licenses through Success Barber Schools, LLC's two-part curriculum. After mastering textbook material and acing pop quizzes from Rapunzel, students receive their wings to test skills on clients in the 10,000-square-foot facility. Attendants apply fine-tuned sheer, clipper, and straight-razor methods to male and female manes of all ages. Tress decorators demonstrate their grasps on highlight and coloring techniques to round out their aesthetic educations.
Ongoing education keeps Studio 4 staff up-to-date on hair and makeup trends, as well as safe products and techniques. Stylists spritz hair with gentle sulfate- and paraben-free products from brands such as Kevin Murphy and Unite, and aestheticians custom-blend skincare concoctions to pamper acne-prone or menopausal skin. In addition, feather extensions supply locks with avian flair, and Brazilian-blowout keratin treatments smooth frizzy strands by up to 90%, with results visible on Studio 4’s before-and-after page or in bowls of suspiciously flattened rigatoni noodles.
As a skilled stylist chops sleek layers into a head of hair, a network of hanging spotlights illuminates the stylist's work as well as the salon's suede furniture and polished wood floors. Decorative mirrors further add dimension to the space, framing clients' results after stylists rewire their tresses with products by Paul Mitchell or Brocato. Since opening the salon in 1999, owners and stylists Julie Compton and Joanne Lane have made it their mission to offer clients a respite from life's chaotic moments by tailoring hair services to each person's distinct needs. The salon also offers an array of special-occasion treatments such as the Clean Me Up face wax and the Be Strong hair-conditioning treatment, which compliments the size of your biceps while fortifying your hair.