The Tanning Co.'s four types of tanning beds and array of hair services help clients add customized oomph to their appearances. Body-bronzing beginners may opt for a nap in the level I Montego Bay bed ($8/session) to achieve an admirable tan in 20 minutes, or approximately half the time it takes to dream that you forgot to study for your Biology of Puppies final exam. The Tropical Kiwi bed ($12/session) aims to turn bodies tawny in 15 minutes, while the Silver Bullet bed ($22/session) is a mammoth bed for extra comfort and creates a coppery finish in 12 minutes without metallic aftertaste. For individuals who would rather be perpendicular to the floor, the stand-up booth ($15/session) delivers new pigments in 11 minutes, eliminates lines and pressure points, and gilds hard to reach areas such as the underarms, sides, and inner eardrums. After each session, tanning beds are sanitized with an FDA-approved cleaning solution.
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.
Under the skillful eyes of instructors, the students at America's Career Institute Inc. hone their beauty skills on the heads and nails of the public. After adequate classroom practice, they turn scissors and bowls of freshly mixed hair dye onto real manes and twirl strands into chic updos. They also blanket keratin sheets in colorful polish or fake nails.
The hairstylists at SuperStar Styling Studio aren't celebrities, but they do know how to make each of their clients feel like one. Between bright red walls, clients cozy into leather cutting chairs as stylists who specialize in African-American hair expertly relax, deep condition, razor cut, and press tresses into style-complementing 'dos. Looks are also transformed with quick weaves, which cover locks with a partial wig, and sew-in extensions add immediate volume and length for a natural look that can even trick your long-haired twin into thinking you are her.
Victoria Salon's body beautifiers pamper bodies from foot to crown with an array of services performed in a clean, relaxing environment. Armed with Paul Mitchell products, skilled stylists snip off split ends, add layers, and cut foreheads free from thickets of entangling bangs in women's ($55) and men's ($35+) haircuts. Sip on a cup of java or tea and brighten up tarnished locks with highlights (full: $110; partial: $75) or ensure hair stays as soft as a Beanie Baby with a conditioning treatment ($20). Clients can streamline their faces for apple-bobbing season with lip ($15), chin ($15), or cheek ($30) waxing. After tending to above-the-neck areas, treat finger helmets to a manicure ($21) and pedicure ($45) that leave nails sparkling brighter than a set of holiday lights.
Great Clips harnesses the vast resources of a national salon chain to provide personalized, professional styling services to follicle frolickers at five participating Chicago-area locations. Wild wigs are brought to bear by highly trained hair tamers who also serve as style guides through the often-intimidating tonsorial jungle, answering clients' questions about hair trends and maintenance. A socially responsible company, Great Clips also hosts haircut-a-thons, bake sales, and baked haircut sale-a-thons to benefit charities, including the Children's Miracle Network of hospitals and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.