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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.

3206 Shoppers Dr
McHenry,
IL
US

A waiting area like a fine parlor⎯complete with soft leather furniture, honey-hued hardwood floors, and a vase of flowers perched atop a coffee table⎯welcomes guests into the specialized laser spa. During Laser l'Amour's signature hair-removal treatments, Dr. Margaret Sierantowicz wields Palomar StarLux lasers to free skin of unwanted fuzz with minimal discomfort and no downtime. Clients strut from treatment rooms after gaining a boost in confidence for beach season or an aerodynamic advantage for human-cannonball-school-admissions season. The staff also administer laser-free microdermabrasions and peels designed to leave skin softer, smoother, and scarless.

8 Executive Ct, Ste 1
South Barrington,
IL
US

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.

20505 Rand Rd
Kildeer,
IL
US

Although the retro cutting chairs and eclectic, recycled furnishings between its exposed-brick walls exude a vintage vibe, Alwin Anthony Salon maintains a modern edge, thanks to owner Sara Bott. Thestaff uses only the latest coloring, manicure, and body-waxing techniques and high-end products from Onesta and LuLu Blossom—decisions that helped earn the shop the Reader's Choice for Best Hair Salon 2012 award from the Daily Herald.

While Sara is out on the floor educating stylists and clients about organic Surface Hair Health Art products, staff can be found at the vintage manicure station expertly filing, buffing, and painting nails with a rainbow of CND and OPI polishes. The team’s eco-consciousness reaches beyond recycled furniture to encompass a petite menu of organic and vegan services ranging from coconut oil-based Framesi hair colors to vegan mani-pedis using SPArituals polishes freshly plucked from their homegrown nail-polish tree.

250 Center St
Grayslake,
IL
US

30 minutes. That's all the time Simple Touch Beauty's licensed skincare specialists need to beautify complexions with an express facial, composed of a basic cleanse, exfoliation, and optional extractions. However, give them more time, and they show off their repertoire of more luxurious treatments. Their collagen facial, for example, helps minimize wrinkles with a collagen-infused mask. Microdermabrasion, on the other hand, sloughs away dead skin cells, refreshing faces without dousing them in Sprite.

1608 Colonial Pkwy.
Inverness,
IL
US

On weekends, Salon G's team of stylists and aestheticians often arrives well before the business technically opens. That’s because they’re there to prep bridal parties for their big race down the aisle. They sculpt nails on everybody, create updo's for bridesmaids, and design the bride's complete hairstyle, including the look and placement of the veil.

It's not just brides who benefit from the stylists' expertise, however. The hair designers spend most of their time creating manageable, everyday looks for clients. To accent these designer cuts, they often add highlights or, for men, condition and trim beards. They keep some heavy-duty treatments in their arsenal as well. Depending on the desired look, they might install natural hair extensions or apply keratin treatments to eliminate frizz and unwanted comparisons to Phil Spector.

275 Evergreen Dr
Vernon Hills,
IL
US