Cathy Cano wants The Skin Division to set a new standard. Dedicated to her clients' concerns both big and small, Cano keeps weekend hours and offers complimentary consultations to ensure questions are answered. Her services are designed to address any complexion need, from exfoliating microdermabrasions and chemical peels to laser resurfacing that finally erases marker mustaches. She performs more lasting procedures as well, including laser hair-removal treatments and permanent-makeup applications.
For more than a quarter century, the image-consulting experts at Thomas West Salon have shaped manes into contemporary coiffures using products by Aveda, Bumble and bumble, and Sebastian. Inside their styling hub on the second floor of Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, more than 20 highly trained stylists flaunt specialties ranging from frizz-taming keratin treatments to Great Length extensions, as well as resumés that list training from institutions such as Vidal Sassoon, Frederic Fekkai, and Redken. Beyond excelling at texturizing cuts and applying cutting-edge trends such as hair tinsel or hair popcorn strings, the salon offers special-occasion styles and professional makeup for weddings or other special events.
The aestheticians at Che Sguardo commence the 90-minute rejuvenating signature facial by dripping aromatherapy oils onto the back to ease guests into the pampering session and evaluate their skin. Then, Decléor deep cleansers ferry away dirt, impurities, and lost keys hiding in the philtrum. Steam dilates pores, a massage relaxes frown cramps, and while the facial mask percolates, a skin savant hydrates hands and arms with luxurious lotions and balms.