As he reported to Sheridan Road Magazine, Charles Ifergan took the first steps toward establishing his hairstyling empire at the age of 13, when he talked his way into a job at the chic Paris salon where his older brother worked. Just a decade later, he settled down in the Chicago area to establish the first of four salon locations and try to convince the John Hancock building to do something about its two glaring cowlicks, and his work has since garnered media features in publications such as Vogue and Marie Claire. Charles's continually educated stylists keep their deft fingers on the pulse of fashion trends, which they transform into edgy hairstyles for women and men. In addition to drenching hair in deep hydration with moroccan oil and texturizing coifs with Redken products, aestheticians venture to other corners of the body with a concise menu of spa services that includes facials, waxing, body wraps, and mani-pedis.
Like the name implies, 2 Blowout Bar is all about the blowouts. Stylists wash and blowout locks of all lengths for beautified styles. Add-ons like 10-minute scalp massages, updos, and hair "shots" for damaged or weak hair enhance the process. Young girls and teens can also come in for special pampering—fun sparkle makeup and face painting for the kids, and blowouts, makeup, and manicures for the teens headed to prom.
Neel Threadz Spa’s technicians are well versed in ancient Eastern beauty practices. Their nimble fingers sculpt brows using a centuries old threading technique, removing unwanted hair follicles more gently than waxing methods and more efficiently than hammering each hair back in with a hammer. The technicians also extend their expertise to henna tattoo services, adorning skin with intricate designs in temporary ink.
Specializing in event styling, the beautifying veterans at Makeup Chicago festoon peepers in trendy sets of flutter fibers with eyelash-extension applications. Composed of synthetic mink, extensions allow baby blues to snag the attention of passersby with long, thick addendums to natural lashes. A specialist applies demi-cat extensions one by one to the outer corners of eyes, affording clients the sharp, catlike look necessary to stand out in photographs or blend in at the next kitten pageant. Alternatively, full sets of extensions adorn eye curtains with custom bristles, which are curved to replicate the appearance of natural lashes. With regular touchups, extensions may last up to a year, and can safely endure the moisture-slicked effects of swimming, exercising, and competing in pie-eating contests.
The Wellness Spot’s 6,000-square-foot facility houses comfortable massage rooms hedged with exposed brick, as well as spaces for personal training and boot camp. Clients hobbled by carrying their desks to and from work can stride into treatment rooms set up in feng shui style for a spine-soothing massage, while exercisers vanish into rigorous boot-camp sessions or one-on-one training with a nationally certified trainer.
The massage therapists at Body & Soul Organic Massage Studio use a toolkit’s worth of techniques and accessories to augment their soothing massage techniques and ease clients’ aches and pains. The hot-stone service uses the penetrating heat of warmed stones to loosen muscle tension on targeted surfaces. Organic lotions keep massages body-safe and environmentally friendly. Aromatherapy using essential oils eases bodily stress by soothing senses and assuring clients that they still, in fact, have a nose. On top of all that, the studio’s baseline massage services are far from basic and range from deep-tissue sessions that uproot buried knots to reflexology treatments that manipulate trigger points to banish tension.