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.
For nearly 40 years, the Civic Opera Barber Shop has offered straightforward men's grooming services inside the Civic Opera building, with all its gold-leafed art-deco finery. A red, white, and blue barber pole outside the salon beckons potential customers while representing the three colors of human hair. Within, plush burgundy thrones elevate heads to the ideal styling height, giving the veteran barber full sway over every strand as he shaves stubble with straight razors and hot lather, cuts hair into no-nonsense styles, and trims back beards to distinguish man from wolfman.
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.
E! News anchor and Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic was born in Italy but she has strong ties to Chicago—namely, her husband Bill, the Trump-approved entrepreneur and restaurateur behind RPM Italian. In the My Chicago by Giuliana Rancic collection, the star of Giuliana & Bill gives the scoop on her favorite local spots to get glammed up, be entertained in style, and even shop for Bill.
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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.
As a full-service outfit, Mirror Mirror Salon Spa boasts a roster of expert stylists and aestheticians to preen and pamper bodies with services for men and women, including body wraps, perms, manicures, and facials. Hair stylists make over 'dos with Aveda deep-conditioning treatments, tress-taming keratin, and expertly applied extensions, and also shampoo, condition, and style locks during every haircut. For pampering below the hairline, aestheticians perform facials using Bioelements products to revamp skin with organic botanicals and massage arms and shoulders to relieve pain and tension.