The mom-and-daughter team behind Zoeys Hair Salon boasts 12 combined years in the beauty industry. But they hardly rest on their laurels––they make sure to stay one step ahead of changing styles by keeping up with trends, technology, techniques, and mirror trickery. That way, when they craft a new cut, add some color, and conduct a blowout, the results are fresh and head-turning. The staff also offers waxing and cuts for men and children.
The beauticians at Salon City enhance clients' looks with a regimen of services that goes beyond typical salon fare. In addition to haircuts, styling, and coloring, the staff applies intricate henna tattoos, performs eyebrow-threading services, and beautifies brides before their weddings.
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.
Dr. Vlada Nakhlis has seen two hemispheres through the eyes of her patients. A graduate of Illinois College of Optometry, the doctor of optometry practiced in hospitals from Denver to Melbourne, Australia, before returning to Chicago to set up her own practice, VZN Eye Care. Along the way, she?s become a speaker of English, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, and Spanish to help her accommodate as many patients as possible and periodically check whether the English speakers are paying attention.
International Salon Spa’s skilled technicians exfoliate extremities with soothing mani-pedis, while attentively catering to the wants and needs of each customer. Each 20–30 minute manicure begins by shaping the nails and primping the cuticles with skin-sprucing maintenance. Next, beautysmiths massage each hand with lotion before adorning keratin cubes with a choice of polishes from OPI collections, including the Texas collection, Katy Perry collection, and Don Rickles collection. During the half-hour pedicure—performed in sanitized resin tubs with immaculate equipment—perambulators attain maximum pamperization with a complete nail sculpting, cuticle treatment, and a soothing footbottom pumice rub. A creamy buttermilk and apricot kernel scrub exfoliates stilts from sole to shin, before a lower leg massage and toenail polishing cherry-top each procedure.
On a trip to Chicago from his native Italy, young Mario Tricoci changed his life forever. The fledgling hairdresser stopped in at a prestigious salon, where he impressed the owner with his impeccable display of skill and landed himself a job. The next six decades brought strings of industry awards and the opening of his very own salon, which soon exploded into 26 locations in four states. With his styling prowess proven both to the industry and to the clients he encountered each day, the coiffeur decided to share his gift with others. In 2004, he established Tricoci University to foster a new generation of cosmetologists and spa technicians trained to thrive in the luxury-spa industry.
Throughout the Midwest, Tricoci prot?g?s study a rigorous curriculum in high-end salon and spa surroundings to learn how to create beautiful hairdos, choose skin-flattering cosmetics, and beautify nails and skin. A team of experienced industry professionals readies pupils for the beauty world with in-depth classes, and outside education arrives via video demonstrations and guest-artist lectures on Vidal Sassoon's Wedge-Bob Postulate. More advanced students get a preview of their career to come by beautifying real people during instructor-supervised treatments, which lend the stylist essential experience as the client enjoys a pampering session at a discounted rate.