Most people wouldn't see the artistic similarities between a building and a face, but Bisi at Crystal-Eyez Makeup & Beauty Lounge sees it every day. She experimented with makeup long before she was old enough to vote or have a skyscraper named after her, but went on to receive a master's degree in architecture from the University of Illinois. The call of the kit remained strong, though, and Bisi soon found herself the principal artist at Crystal-Eyez. There, she bases her approach to makeup on her previous design experience, decorating faces with graceful shadows, bold colors, and geometric shapes.
Along with experienced makeup artists Lena and Jasmine, Bisi tailors her services, which include traditional and airbrush makeup, hairstyling, eyelash extensions, and eyebrow shaping, to match both special events and everyday needs. Though they currently serve clients in their Pilsen studio, they've traveled across the country and internationally to do makeup for weddings, graduations, and Skype sessions with long-distance boyfriends. They train others to do the same in hands-on private and group makeup lessons, during which they discuss artistic techniques, tools, and products.
PranaFlo Holistic Therapies’ licensed massage therapist and aesthetician, Toni, beautifies and relaxes clients with an array of holistic therapies for the face and body. From waxing to reflexology and sports massage, Toni strives to enhance every element of her clients' bodies and spirits.
Inside a dynamically designed orange-and-brown space, Chocolate For Your Body’s techs summon the skin-polishing power of cocoa when performing facials, manicures, and pedicures. They mix natural ingredients such as raw cacao, fruits, and spices to concoct revivifying elixirs that they then paint onto skin, recruiting Éminence organic skincare products to further enhance epidermises. A roster of thoughtful seasonal treatments tackles specific woes associated with each season, such as the winter-specific dry skin and temporary tattoos left by snowmen.
The staff can also crown freshly cleansed façades with permanent makeup or eyelash extensions, and they harness Wella and Schwarzkopf products for hair services, which include cuts, coloring, and conditioning treatments.
The hair artisans at Tease Salon & Spa transform limp locks into shiny and bouncy bouffants through stylish yet easily maintainable haircuts and lessons in home care. Tress pampering begins with a sudsy MoroccanOil shampoo to remove grime and dried paint, and then a luxurious, 15-minute MoroccanOil hot-oil treatment infuses strands with strength and moisture. Finally, a master stylist snips and clips strands into the client's desired shape with an attention to detail normally only exhibited by artists responsible for painting zebras' coats. Tamed tresses fall smooth and silky under the heat of a blow-dryer, transforming 'dos into magnets for coworkers' fingers.
Passionate about fashion and beauty, stylist and salon owner Danyel Nicole studied hairstyling at the Matrix Academy, earning an apprenticeship at a top-200 salon before opening her own doors. Her South Loop salon pampers and beautifies clients with a slew of haircut and color services. Danyel’s specialties include retexturizing treatments, including Brazilian blowouts, as well as hair extensions, which range from Dreamcatcher, to Malaysian, to virgin Brazilian sew-in varieties. A zeal for education regularly lures the busy entrepreneur back into the classroom where she has learned to thread, do fake bake spray tans, and perform body wraps. She shares her savvy on a friendly blog that chats about sundry topics such as summer hair health and Halloween costumes, as well as answering readers’ questions about cutting-edge treatments and how Treasure Trolls' hair repels gravity.
My Escape Spa and Tan stays true to its name by inviting guests to escape from the stressors of everyday life and relax within an environment punctuated by tanning and spa services. Patrons can gain bronze tones in UV tanning beds or with UV-free airbrush or spray tans. Other services include body wraps, hydration therapy, and massage beds.