Monika Porter, owner of Wax On Wax Off, taps into an arsenal of natural cosmetic products to enlist Mother Nature in fights for personal beauty. All of her treatments are designed to help clients appreciate their bodies through waxing services, nail care, and facials. She keeps an ear to the stylish ground to stay up-to-date on contemporary treatments such as Japanese and Brazilian straightening and more traditional approaches including threading. A believer that beauty exists in everyone, Porter also works to reveal her inner beauty by giving back through giving back the Wishing Well Foundation and A Safe Haven Foundation.
Whether a client wants their hair cut or their eyelashes lengthened, Wax on Wax off Salon and Spa's talented aestheticians have them covered. Breaking away from their namesake service, the beauty haven not only waxes legs and faces, it also threads eyebrows and colors nails. Their full line of facials, meanwhile, leaves skin looking young enough to be ineligible for "adult swim" at the pool. And the venue for this beautification? A studio in the heart of the University of Illinois at Chicago, where the floors are dark hardwood and the walls looks like wrapped presents.
Within Whitening Bright Studio, Ritzy Blue Spa and Salon’s team of aestheticians and stylists work to complement the studio’s main services—teeth whitening—with a line-up of all-natural skincare and hair services. The experienced aestheticians reveal youthful-looking complexions as they whisk away dead skin cells with an organic pineapple exfoliator and contour figures with a cinnamon- and caffeine-infused infrared body wrap.
By the time they enter one of six private treatment rooms at Azul by ElleHomme Holistic Spa, guests have already started flirting with serenity. Before appointments, clients cozy up with a cup of hot tea while relaxing in a robe and slippers. Restful music lilts through the space as staffers carry out their signature services. Licensed massage therapists and aestheticians deliver a pampering trifecta of treatments, sorted into massage, skincare, and healing therapies such as reiki. The staff brings brightness back to faces with Revision Skincare products, delves into aches with deep-tissue massage, and puts pairs at ease in the master couples' suite, whose soundproof walls create a cozier space for two than a pair of tandem footie pajamas.
Tucked away in a nook of Thread Away Salon, clients of Wink Beauty Bar recline on a padded table as aestheticians reinforce their lashes with eye-enhancing extensions. Led by a master trainer in eyelash extensions, stylists add synthetic mink extensions to existing lashes, which can help clients blow out their birthday candles with just a few quick winks.
Recognizing that hair loss occurs for myriad reasons, Hair Trauma Center's specialists tailor their hair restoration treatments to suit each individual case they encounter. They fill in thinning scalps with laser therapy, thickening formulas, and custom hairpieces, prefacing each treatment with a thorough consultation and the advice of affiliated medical professionals. For existing strands, stylists also color, cut, and style hair, or relax unruly locks by tickling them under the chin.
Decisions about health care should not be made in haste. Consultation required as all candidates may not be eligible. Eligibility will be determined on an individual basis applying the accepted and prevailing standards of practice. Non-candidates will be refunded.