The sounds of friendly chatter and laughter occur often at Studio DG, mostly due to their spa parties: friends gossip over mani-pedis, makeup applications, and blow-dry styles at Girls’ Night Out, and brides-to-be enjoy long-lasting beauty with no-chip manicures and eyelash extensions. Even young girls get in on the action with Lady Bug Club, which includes kid-friendly makeup and glittery updos. In addition to hosting these spa parties, stylists transform patrons with a trendy cut or color treatment.
At Exquisite Nail Boutique, men and women treat their hands, feet, and faces to revitalizing mani-pedis and facials that melt away the stresses of the day. Amid onyx stone tiles and cushy, white-leather furniture, guests forget about work schedules, bills, and the Machiavellian politics of the office break room as they soak their feet in warm aromatherapy masks and coat their nails in protective vitagel and no-chip polish. Shea butter balms and gentle massages soothe hardworking appendages, and customized facials and individually applied eyelash extensions breathe youthful vitality back into faces. Top-shelf products, such as Soul Purpose salt and sugar scrubs, lotions, and ultrarich cremes nourish, shield, and soften skin all over the body with healing conditioners.
In her more than 17-year career, Melinda Rodriguez has participated in fashion shows for Nicole Miller and Armani, and crafted styles for such notable personalities as actress Jane Seymour and Latin-pop singer Chayanne. To expand the reach of her red-carpet styles, she founded Roque Beauty Lounge, a spacious salon and spa where a team of energetic style experts draw on experience in Chicago, Miami, and London to craft face-flattering looks that adhere to the salon's shared creative vision. Here, three tiers of stylists perform services at prices that match their individual experience level while using products by Moroccanoil. Roque Beauty Lounge also houses The Lashe Spot, where lash technicians accentuate eyes by shaping brows and amplify lashes with synthetic extensions.
Ambitious Nails and Lips Bar's digit decorators doll up nails and lips with polish and glosses in an array of hues. Customized to the client's preference, the nail technicians lavish hands and feet with mani-pedis that soften skin and prevent spontaneous hand jives displayed by bored and neglected extremities.
Soua "Victoria" Her is a triple threat in the beauty industry. She is not only a nail technician with training in CND liquid and powder products, but also a licensed cosmetologist and Clinique-certified makeup artist. Victoria showcases her talents from an intimate studio within Phenix Salon Suites, where dark wood and cream-colored walls set a fitting backdrop for the vibrant hues that adorn each client. A Belava pedicure spa chair with a built-in heater and massagers ensures that each of Victoria’s pedicures are both luxurious and sanitary, thanks to disposable soaking tubs that are replaced after each session. Meanwhile, black wood shelves lined with OPI, CND, Shellac, and Cuccio lacquers frame the space's modest manicure station. For facials, Victoria calls on Refineé products, which match patented plant peptides with time-honored botanical extracts to reverse the aging process. Cosmetics by MAC, Smashbox, and Sormé—which Victoria teaches other professionals to use—doll up complexions for weddings and recent whitewashing accidents.
Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, Wellness Nail Spa offers a tranquil respite from the city's hustle and bustle. Their eponymous mani-pedi package is as thorough and as it is indulgent—it includes a sea-salt soak, salt scrub, crystal exfoliation, and reflexology massage in addition to the traditional grooming and coat of polish. The nail technicians also perform men's and children's services, as well as no-chip manicures that remain chip-free even after clawing your way through a prison-cell wall.
Though nails get top billing, the team also administers a diverse selection of beauty and relaxation services. Facials include advanced treatments such as pressure-point lymphatic drainage, enzyme peels, and ultrasound therapy designed to lift and firm the skin. Massage therapists induce muscular relaxation with a variety of techniques, such as aromatherapy, hot stones, and deep-tissue kneads. The spa itself also embodies an earthy calmness: Plush, mossy-colored chairs sit at the manicure stations, and dark wood beams run across the wall behind ivory pedicure chairs with palm-green soaking tubs.