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.
Ellehomme Holistic Med Spa soothes clients as soon as they step into its 4,000-square-foot realm, which is overseen by a medical director, registered nurses, and aestheticians. They specialize in cosmetic treatments, from injectables, such as Botox and Juvederm, to laser hair removal and other services that smooth skin and eschew sandpaper.
In one of the massage spa's five treatment rooms, licensed therapists plunder ligaments for stashes of stress, using more than five modalities such as reflexology and deep tissue. Terry-lined waffle robes and cozy spa slippers escort clients to treatments and the relaxation lounge, where they mentally prepare themselves for reentry into a society filled with stress and evil robots.
Natural light floods into the glass-paned storefront of Jewel Nail Spa. As soothing music wafts throughout the spa, nail technicians beautify the hands and feet of their clients during mani-pedis. In addition to drop-in and by-appointment clients, the spa opens its doors for private bachelorette parties, baby showers, and other celebrations, allowing guests to bring their own party favors and refreshments.