Cathy Cano wants The Skin Division to set a new standard. Dedicated to her clients' concerns both big and small, Cano keeps weekend hours and offers complimentary consultations to ensure questions are answered. Her services are designed to address any complexion need, from exfoliating microdermabrasions and chemical peels to laser resurfacing that finally erases marker mustaches. She performs more lasting procedures as well, including laser hair-removal treatments and permanent-makeup applications.
Artist Jeffery Lyle Segal discovered his passion for drawing at age 12. By high school he’d mastered makeup application, and by college he found himself teaching makeup-application courses, eventually commanding the classrooms of Empire Academy in Costa Mesa and the Cinema Makeup School in LA. Along the way, the steady-handed professional worked as a special-effects makeup artist for film, theater, and print, honing his beauty-application techniques on models and willing key grips. It wasn't until 1991, however, that he found the perfect merger between his appreciation for fine art and love of beautiful faces in the world of permanent makeup. Today, he's renowned as an expert in the field and has served for more than 20 years as a certified member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals and as a fellow of the American Academy of Micropigmentation. He strives to help women look their naturally beautiful best and literally wrote the book on the subject, penning his design prowess into a highly regarded training program titled, The Shape of Permanent Beauty.
As the saying goes, "an artist is only as good as his tools," and so Segal favors high-end equipment such as the digital German cosmetic-tattooing devices from Harmonix and Nouveau Contour. Beyond making makeup routines easy for busy folks or those with poor vision or cosmetic sensitivities, his talents can also be used to help correct asymmetrical features, sparse hair or brow lines, scars, or discolored areolas following breast surgery.
For more than a quarter century, the image-consulting experts at Thomas West Salon have shaped manes into contemporary coiffures using products by Aveda, Bumble and bumble, and Sebastian. Inside their styling hub on the second floor of Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, more than 20 highly trained stylists flaunt specialties ranging from frizz-taming keratin treatments to Great Length extensions, as well as resumés that list training from institutions such as Vidal Sassoon, Frederic Fekkai, and Redken. Beyond excelling at texturizing cuts and applying cutting-edge trends such as hair tinsel or hair popcorn strings, the salon offers special-occasion styles and professional makeup for weddings or other special events.
In her Today's Chicago Woman blog, Living Well and Beautifully, Tiffani Kim shares her thoughts on eating well, maintaining healthy skin, and dealing with stress. At her River North medical spa, open since 1998, she transforms these thoughts into action. A true renaissance woman, she?s also a fashion designer and artist. She creates a spa-like environment in which her legions of devoted readers can actively follow her online advice. Her staff of professional aestheticians and massage therapists exfoliates complexions with facials and soothes sore muscles with massages geared toward men, women, and teens. Medical Director Dr. Steven Abdelmalak specializes in laser treatments with the latest technology, cosmetic dermatology, and internal medicine.
When she was an independent contractor styling for modeling agencies and photographers, Anita Arsova found herself working with many of the same beauty experts time and again. She worked so well with them and respected them so highly that the only logical next step was to open a salon where they could all work together on a regular basis. With that, she established Arsova Salon, where she and that same team of celebrity stylists work toward a single vision of beauty. They call on products from Aveda, Davines, and Moroccanoil to cut, color, and shape timeless hairstyles for their clients, and also perform voluminous updos and "bombshell" blowouts designed to make clients the center of attention at any formal gala or cramped movie theater. The salon staff might excel at forging outer beauty, but inner confidence is their central goal. "If you leave our salon and you're not smiling with bouncing hair and feeling swagger," says Anita, "then we haven't done our jobs right."