Specializing in threading—the ancient technique of hair removal using thin cotton threads—the staff at Thread Away also is versed in a variety of beauty services, from facials to henna. Thread Away’s interior buzzes with staff expertly rolling and twisting thread to remove unwanted fuzz from the eyebrows, upper lip, and face, as well as offering temple massages to calm the mind and the mind’s pet genie. Meanwhile, tucked away in private rooms, aestheticians perform body-waxing services, and a host of facials use top-shelf Dermalogica products to care for all skin types. Each treatment is performed according to Thread Away’s core philosophy of “beauty through nature and healing,” which is reflected in the spa’s serene decor and organic, fresh ingredients used in its therapies.
Monika Porter, owner of Wax On Wax Off, taps into an arsenal of natural cosmetic products to enlist Mother Nature in fights for personal beauty. All of her treatments are designed to help clients appreciate their bodies through waxing services, nail care, and facials. She keeps an ear to the stylish ground to stay up-to-date on contemporary treatments such as Japanese and Brazilian straightening and more traditional approaches including threading. A believer that beauty exists in everyone, Porter also works to reveal her inner beauty by giving back through giving back the Wishing Well Foundation and A Safe Haven Foundation.
Whether a client wants their hair cut or their eyelashes lengthened, Wax on Wax off Salon and Spa's talented aestheticians have them covered. Breaking away from their namesake service, the beauty haven not only waxes legs and faces, it also threads eyebrows and colors nails. Their full line of facials, meanwhile, leaves skin looking young enough to be ineligible for "adult swim" at the pool. And the venue for this beautification? A studio in the heart of the University of Illinois at Chicago, where the floors are dark hardwood and the walls looks like wrapped presents.
iBrow's aesthetician and fine-arts buff Anna turns a creative eye to brows, sculpting customized arches that flatter unique facescapes. Anna surveys bone structures and consults with clients or in-house fortunetellers to design forehead fringe conducive to respective personalities and profiles. Tweezers zero in on individual bristles, precisely uprooting strands one by one to ensure balanced brows unattainable by waxing or threading. Youthful fuzz frames vault over peepers after an initial shaping, with follow-up maintenance sessions tidying up smudged eyelid haiku and reemerging tufts, maintaining original contours. Anna recommends allowing brows to flourish freely for 6–8 weeks before first visits.
Recognizing that hair loss occurs for myriad reasons, Hair Trauma Center's specialists tailor their hair restoration treatments to suit each individual case they encounter. They fill in thinning scalps with laser therapy, thickening formulas, and custom hairpieces, prefacing each treatment with a thorough consultation and the advice of affiliated medical professionals. For existing strands, stylists also color, cut, and style hair, or relax unruly locks by tickling them under the chin.
Decisions about health care should not be made in haste. Consultation required as all candidates may not be eligible. Eligibility will be determined on an individual basis applying the accepted and prevailing standards of practice. Non-candidates will be refunded.
Nestled inside Spa Di La Fronza, in the East Tower of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Magdalena’s Facial Studio is helmed by skincare specialist Magdalena Hadzhieva, who believes a facial can go a long way toward making people feel better about themselves. A former acne sufferer herself, Magdalena originally explored the world of aesthetics part time while working a high-stress job as a broker. Soon, though, she found that her hobby helping friends and family uncover fresh, glowing skin gave her a sense of fulfillment that the corporate world never could. She decided to put her aesthetician's degree to good use and make skincare her full-time passion. Today, she evens complexions by creating custom facials and peels designed specifically to cater to each face's unique needs and the type of pie they most like to be hit with. Specific facials are formulated to help fight acne or calm redness, while microdermabrasion helps sweep away dull, dead cells and reduce the appearance of fine lines and uneven tone. For faces that are already radiant on their own, eyelash extensions help draw attention to flawless features and flirtatious winks, and waxing treatments help unearth smooth skin both above and below the neck, creating silkier feeling lips, chins, legs, and backs.