Distinction Salon & Spa pampers clients in 2,200 square feet of spa space, outfitted with five treatment rooms, lockers, and a pedicure suite. Driven by a commitment to care for employees, patrons, and the community, the spa edifies its staff with an extensive in-house training and certification program, which in turn benefits patrons who receive top-notch services. To support the community, Distinction Salon & Spa enacts its “Dare to Care, Dare to Share” philosophy, contributing a portion of proceeds from the sale of Distinct Skin Care products toward charities for women and children. Haircare services occur in an elegant crimson-walled space, and spa treatments—such as purifying body wraps, hot-stone and deep-tissue massages, and soothing facial treatments—take place in luxurious, candlelit rooms outfitted with gold-hued walls and an automated shushing system to silence clumsy pin droppers.
Ulta's licensed staff, which partakes in ongoing training to keep skills sharp, creates customized looks and expert image enhancement using acclaimed beauty products. Like a loaf of bread in a space shuttle with a broken sunroof, hairstyles can grow stale between salon visits. A 45-minute coif-cultivation session, in which the stylist takes into account face shape and lifestyle, energizes follicles and forges a salon-fresh look. In the one-hour Dermalogica facial, an aesthetic augur examines skin in order to customize a course of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing session with Dermalogica products. The treatment leaves skin impeccable, like a recently buffed and oiled slab of marble.
The MVP haircut is reserved for guys who want the brawn of a chiseled cut with the extreme adrenaline rush of a pleasant pampering. Following careful instructions or expert intuition, stylists can clean up the edges without sacrificing any degree of edginess. A thorough shampoo and scalp massage ensures an itch-free walk off, while a neck and shoulder massage with steamed towel leaves cleaned-up batters with the zonal focus to connect on any upcoming office pitch.
Krista Bradford picked up her styling skills in Los Angeles, where she ran a salon for eight years and styled for the Oscars. Though she’s relocated to Chicago, Krista still draws on the glitz and glamour of La La Land to inform her myriad beauty services that include cuts, color treatments, and bridal ‘dos. Krista specializes in hair extensions, using multiple methods such as micro nylon fiber bonds and loc wefts to add inches to locks.