When guests come in for Center Nails’ signature manicure and pedicure, they’re in for a treat. The spa’s nail specialists begin by immersing their clients’ hands and feet in an organic aromatherapy soak, which softens skin while treating the senses to intoxicating aromas. Next, they alternate wrapping hands and feet with lavender paraffin and warm towels, massage skin with an organic moisturizer, then color nails with coats of non-toxic polish. These treatments are only the beginning of an extensive list of nail services that also include no-chip manicures, nail art, and silk wraps.
Center Nails and Spa also flaunts signature facials for women and men, the former boasting extractions and a custom mask and the latter focusing on easing razor burn and revamping hydration levels. Advanced skin treatments such as diamond microdermabrasion and lactic-acid peels make skin look younger without resorting to invasive facelifts or harsh dimple-implantation procedures. The spa doesn’t skimp on the rest of the body, either, as their massage therapists knead muscles with custom strokes and waxing specialists swiftly remove hair from men’s and women’s bodies.
As he reported to Sheridan Road Magazine, Charles Ifergan took the first steps toward establishing his hairstyling empire at the age of 13, when he talked his way into a job at the chic Paris salon where his older brother worked. Just a decade later, he settled down in the Chicago area to establish the first of four salon locations and try to convince the John Hancock building to do something about its two glaring cowlicks, and his work has since garnered media features in publications such as Vogue and Marie Claire. Charles's continually educated stylists keep their deft fingers on the pulse of fashion trends, which they transform into edgy hairstyles for women and men. In addition to drenching hair in deep hydration with moroccan oil and texturizing coifs with Redken products, aestheticians venture to other corners of the body with a concise menu of spa services that includes facials, waxing, body wraps, and mani-pedis.
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.
Within the chic, brick-and-hardwood confines of Salon O Sixty-Five, transformations reach almost magical proportions. Whether snipping with scissors, lengthening with extensions, smoothing with keratin, or dyeing by wringing out a rainbow, stylists grace heads with all-new looks. The artists' range of skills makes them an ideal match for O Sixty-Five clients, who have come to expect magazine-worthy looks that fit their personalities. A high level of naturalism pervades each 'do?extensions are seamless, and even specialty colors look like they sprouted naturally from the scalp.
By eschewing harsh chemicals, drills, and blades in their nail services, the professionals at Essential Nail Spa set themselves apart from other nail care establishments. In addition to classic nail services, they also offer no-chip gel manicures that give nails a flawless look for up to two weeks. These services and their dedication to safety, cleanliness, and personable customer care has also earned them a top spot on Guidespot’s Best Manicures and Pedicures list in 2008 and the praises of happy customers.
A jewel in the crown of Chicago's Gold Coast for more than 40 years, Colin of London beautifies both men and women with timeless haircuts and lavish nail treatments. Sunlight dances through the glassy storefront, elegantly framing stylists as they deftly dispatch split ends, touch up highlights, or weave ponytails into a warm winter coverlet. Not content to let new coifs steal the spotlight, nails sport new shine with applications of glossy polish, which protect fingertips with luxurious coats of product from OPI, Bio, and Shellac.