Sine Qua Non Salon has been called a Salon of Distinction by Salon Today, the home of the city's Best Highlights by Refinery29, and "the place with the hairy donuts" by a confused old man. For more than 20 years, the salon's four locations have upgraded hairdos with new colors, texturizing treatments, and expertly trained stylists. They also sling products from Bumble and bumble, Aveda, and Éminence Organic Skin Care.
Sonia Salon’s aestheticians draw on Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Indian health and beauty treatments as they pamper clients with contemporary facials, massages, and waxes. Ayurvedic treatments draw on 5,000 years of herbal healing tradition as they aim to balance the body’s internal energies and enhance beauty, and henna tattoos ornament skin on special occasions such as weddings or driving-school graduation ceremonies. Waxing and threading services rid clients of unsightly strands and leave eyebrows fit to hang in an expression of incredulity for hours, facial treatments keep mugs radiant, and massages melt stress with up to 10 modalities.
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.
Time is of the upmost importance for the stylists inside this Lincoln Park sanctuary. Although they practice speed when masking men’s grays with a five-minute camouflage treatment, other treatments require more time and consideration. They painstakingly paint highlights by hand, for instance, utilizing the balayage technique, as well as twist, pile, and pin curls into elaborate updos. However long they take, each treatment turns luxurious with high-end products from Goldwell, Nioxin, and Bioelements.
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.
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.