For Antonette Johnson, beauty runs in the family. Her earliest training came from her mother, a licensed cosmetologist and salon owner. Now a licensed aesthetician herself, Johnson glitzes up clients at Face2Face Spa Studio. She specializes in makeup, laser hair removal, and skincare—revitalizing skin with facials and glycolic peels and creating luscious looks with eyelash extensions.
Monica Harris began her career in the beauty industry as a makeup artist, even developing enough expertise to design and teach a college course on makeup artistry. After spending countless hours working on models, she realized that even the most makeup-savvy girls struggled with their skincare. Inspired by this experience, Monica became a licensed aesthetician to educate clients and improve the quality of their skin. Today Monica runs several successful spas, where she works directly with her clients to clear up skincare woes and develop results-oriented home regimens to whip skin into shape without the use of restrictive pore girdles. At Monica’s Skincare Boutique, she delivers a host of skincare treatments along with a full menu of makeup, nailcare, and waxing services.
New Health Centers consists of more than 300 health-care practitioners across the country, each working to alleviate corporeal discomfort with natural techniques. Doctors work in conjunction with experienced practitioners to soothe aches, pains, and lawn-gnome infestations.
Owner and licensed massage therapist Robin Kroupa relaxes and uplifts weary bodies with eight available massage modalities. Essential oils in the aromatherapy massage promote natural healing, aim to strengthen the body's defenses, and make breakfast in bed as tightly wound muscles succumb to soothing strokes and gentle kneads. Sports massage helps athletes perform better by providing a deeper focus on specific areas and applying direct pressure to tight muscles, and energy-balancing massage employs the frequencies of tuning forks to open energy channels and help bodies say "ahhh" in the proper pitch. Clients can find full relaxation while fully clothed during the Thai massage, which rhythmically stretches bodies while working on breathing techniques.
Bertuca Salon & Spa is devoted to providing upscale salon and spa services in a low-key, unpretentious environment. The skilled and attentive staff waits in the wings to take you by the hand, foot, or head-growth and ply your surface areas with beautifying treatments. The mani-pedi, which lasts around 45–60 minutes, includes a variety of skin-rejuvenating vitamins, organic oils, and botanical extracts. All products used are 100% natural, with nail polish from OPI for gleaming and glittering finger helmets and toe shells. Alternatively, a Brazilian blowout lasts about 90 American minutes; a skilled stylist will administer the professional, harsh-chemical-free smoothing treatment to transform frayed head threads into a mane of finely woven silk, eliminating frizziness and damage and improving hair health. After the treatment, the hair can still be worn wavy or curly, but will also dry smooth in a fraction of the time it may have taken before. Results last up to 12 weeks with proper maintenance, and after that the treatment simply washes away, returning hair to normal. Call ahead to schedule your appointment.
Team Blonde's artisanal jewelry and eco-friendly spa have earned it the accolades of media outlets from the Chicago Tribune to Chicago magazine. Aspiring bling-crafters dive into a hodge-podge of luminous beads, semiprecious stones, and silver cheerios to design a custom-fitting bracelet or three pairs of earrings. As a jeweler fits the gem caddies with the necessary clasps and wires, erstwhile designers can chat amicably in the homey brick-fronted boutique and studio.