Not all the expertise on staff at LD Nails & Spa is visible in its clients' bright manicures. Opened in mid-2014, the second-floor oasis near Union Station counts as founders the head of a hospital's sterilization department and beauty-college instructors. Talent and strict hygiene converge with relaxation in a full menu of nail services, skincare, and body waxing.
Citrin Spa's expert nailsmiths buff away wear and tear from finger and toe shields during the spa's classic mani-pedi combo. Cuticle caretakers start by knocking nail beds back into shape, chipping away finger foulness created by rough play, environmental damage, and high fives from Captain Hook. Hands and arms will both receive soothing succor with a lotion-aided massage before talented talon technicians seal the treatment with a precise polish. Next, panting dogs can lap up luxury during a stress-ceasing soak in the pedicure pool. The tootsie treatment then moves to invigorating exfoliation as the spa's skin scrubbers scrape away rough layers to reveal the moisture-rich pads and forgotten tattoos of Edward James Olmos hidden just underneath. The entire treatment concludes as nails get clipped, buffed, and polished to the height of human hoof health.
Each service at Marietta's Day Spa seems to have a different purpose. The petite facial exfoliates and massages faces, whereas the Man for All Seasons facial nourishes the skin of men and the weather patterns that love them. Elsewhere, paraffin applications lock moisture into dry skin, and Swedish and deep-tissue massages work the kinks out of tired muscles.
Kayleigh, Kristina, Anna, and Joanne make up the team of stylists at Salon 150, an exclusive Aveda boutique salon that recently took the place of Hartford Plaza Hair Designs. The skilled hairdressers stay up-to-date on current hair trends for all seasons, offering edgy haircuts and the latest coloring and texturing treatments. The salon also carries Tony Odisho Fusion Extensions for clients looking to add length to their hair without sacrificing the hair of 100 of their Barbie dolls.
Many people think that if they need to get serious work done?a therapeutic massage, microdermabrasion?they have to sacrifice a spa environment for something more clinical. Spa Space defies that notion by offering an extensive menu of results-oriented treatments in a relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere. Their approach has been lauded by many: Lucky magazine called the space "pure bliss," while Allure honored their Pacific Paradise body treatment with one of their coveted Best of Beauty awards.
As one of their signature services, the Pacific Paradise treatment follows with Spa Space's philosophy. Not only is it a 30-minute mango scrub that softens skin and relaxes the body, but it also includes a one-hour massage that reduces tension. Most of their treatments are this way?there's also a pedicure with almond oil to treat dry, itchy skin, and a Sonya Dakar fitness facial with massage to tighten facial muscles. Services are administered with products from brands such as Kiehl's and SkinCeuticals, and clients can arrange to order lunch from Pastoral between services for their hungry bike waiting outside.
Celebrity hair stylist Larelle Johnson, protege of AJ Johnson, cuts, coifs, and does custom hair color at AJ's of Chicago, treating her clients like celebrities themselves with her stellar customer service skills. AJ Johnson himself is the celebrity stylist behind AJ's of Chicago. He's appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Style Network's Chicagolicious, and Steve Harvey, where he doles out style tips and tricks as a beauty advisor. AJ's expertise is not just restricted to the hottest way to use a pair of scissors, a blow dryer, or a squirt gun—he also has his own signature line of haircare products as well as his own clothing line. At his salon, he oversees a crew of stylists, barbers, makeup artists, and nail technicians whose primary goal is to make their clients beautiful.