During more than 20 years as a nail artist, Maureen Donlan has encountered dozens of women. She noticed how busy many of her clients were and how difficult it was for them to fit in a simple manicure during a hectic day. When she discovered permanent makeup, she knew it was the answer to many of these women's troubles—something that could let them get through an entire day without once checking their lipstick in the mirror. Maureen became certified in permanent makeup in 2004 and never looked back.
At Amazing Faces, Maureen offers today's women an alternative to traditional cosmetics. With safe and meticulous techniques, she adds permanent flair to lips, eyes, and eyebrows and performs corrective work and scar camouflaging to conceal evidence of past accidents or surgeries. She also boosts blinks with eyelash tinting and extensions to provide defense from lecherous butterflies. In addition, Maureen calls upon her past to shape and groom nails before coating them in standard or gel polishes.
Although the hair, makeup, and eyelash-extension services that Lati and her team of stylists perform at The Bridal Beauty Salon are geared toward blushing brides, they’ve also gone beyond the aisle to grace the glossy pages of ChicagoStyle Weddings and Inspire magazines. Whether in preparation for a wedding or a just-because service, the staff crafts their media-worthy styles in an elegant studio surrounded by dappled taupe walls and gold-framed mirrors, giving clients a more relaxing beautification session than napping in a butterfly preserve while doused in nectar. True to their bridal focus, the team also emerges beyond the salon walls to perform on-location beauty services. Each appointment serves a greater purpose, as the business donates a portion of all proceeds to PAWS Chicago, a no-kill animal shelter.
Always with one eye focused on the evolving techniques and trends of hairstyling, Robert Jeffrey's haircare professionals help clients design a flattering new look that complements their features as well as their sense of style. A simple trim can add layers and shape to a hairdo, although highlights, deep conditioners, and texturizing treatments can create more dramatic changes by adding depth, dimension, and healthy luster to the strands.
Beyond hairstyling, Robert Jeffrey caters to its clients' needs by offering a variety of classically indulgent spa services, including personalized facials, waxing sessions, and makeup-application lessons that teach patrons how Fun Dip powder can double as rouge in a pinch. The staff members' passion for effective care also extends to the product-display shelves, which feature the salon's exclusive, eponymous line of shampoos and conditioners designed for simple at-home use.
Inside Salon Envy, orchids stationed by cushy chairs mix their fragrance with the clean scents of Bumble and bumble, K'rastase, L'oreal Professionnel, and Dermalogica products. A modern look complements clean styling stations, soft lighting, and anti-gravity waxing chambers.
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The skilled staff of Curls and Company fashions trendy and vivacious hairstyles to match the high standards of both their customers and the salon. Each elite strand teaser was personally selected by owner Cally Raduenzel based on expertise, professional demeanor, and ability to recite the hairstyles of every U.S. president. Kimberly McMahon, Curls and Company's MAC-trained eye-shadow slinger, paints countenances in vibrant, elegant hues and imparts beauty know-how through the salon's tips page, "Ask the Artist." When not taming curls with the Devachan dry-cutting method or scouting for local talent to entertain clients a few times a month, the staff also exceeds expectations by brewing fresh pots of gourmet coffee, offering tasty snacks, or practicing their shears techniques while blindfolded atop a balance beam.
Within her space in the earth-toned VCRSpa, Jill VanVooren deftly shears new hairstyles for women, men, and kids. Her services include highlighting and coloring, natural hair extensions, and deep conditioning to rejuvenate parched strands. She also straightens curly strands with both original and Brazilian Blowout Zero treatments, which boast the same straightening properties as their original counterparts but without the harsh effects of formaldehyde. Jill styles final looks with premium products, including Moroccanoil, Kenra, and Brazilian Blowout’s line of açaí-infused aftercare products, which enhance the smoothing effects of straightening treatments more effectively than sleeping with hair pressed between the pages of an encyclopedia.
Chicago is known for its access to outdoor activities near Lake Michigan and its friendly Midwestern charm, but that doesn't mean its residents don't care about looking their best. The frequent winds and harsh weather can take their toll on the hair, creating split ends and dryness. Chicago hair salons specialize in treating hair that has been exposed to the elements, so customers can feel comfortable in the city's fast-paced professional and social environments.
The long winters in Chicago bring with them cold temperatures and damp weather, which can damage hair. A visit to a Chicago hair salon can help customers revive their hairstyles. At Mixed Co. Salon, the stylists are known for their ability to listen closely to customers to design the perfect haircut. They are friendly and approachable, and the facilities are welcoming, even for people who are intimidated by the salon environment. The salon is known for its balayage highlighting but also provides cutting, styling, hair extensions, keratin treatments and professional makeup services.
For people in Chicago who need extra guidance and styling tips, the staff members at FM Hair and Skin Studio can provide advice and support. The stylists don't rush through the process, opting instead to take time to find out what type of style will fit into each client's lifestyle and time availability. They walk each client through the process of drying and styling the final result, so customers can recreate it at home. For people who have problems with Chicago's weather, the salon offers deep-conditioning treatments designed to restore moisture and reduce flyaway hairs. The salon also offers waxing services for those who want to take care of all of their grooming needs in one place.
Whether customers are looking for a quick trim or full hair coloring services, Chicago hair salons have an option for every preference and budget.