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.
For a sunny glow in the off-season, tan-seekers needn't travel south, or open the mason jar of sunbeams they pickled months prior. Instead, they can approximate the Sunshine State's glowy gift with a trip to California Tan & Spa. Swaying on one of the swings in the terracotta lobby, clients consider their options. The warming glow of a horizontal or vertical UV bed will impart an even, all-over tan. The technician-wielded airbrush machines, meanwhile, dispatch a customized mist of gold. Non-tan options include body wraps designed to relax and detoxify.
Elizabeth Bilow has more than 19 years of experience as a professional makeup artist. She spent this period working for prestigious companies such as MAC, Bobbi Brown, and Smashbox. The director of Makeup Chicago, who trained with a celebrity makeup artist, has even had her work featured in the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Fashion Magazine, and on HBO. She and her team specialize in on-location airbrush makeup applications for weddings, fashion shows, and editorial photo shoots. In addition, they’ve recently begun applying single-strand synthetic eyelash extensions, which adhere to individual lashes to create a fuller, thicker lash line that holds up against showers, swimming pools, and squirting clown flowers.
Stylist and owner Robin DiPaolo designed Blue Orchid Salon and Spa to facilitate thorough relaxation with head-to-toe treatments. Besides standard cuts and colors, stylists calm wild hair textures with treatments such as japanese hair straightening, chemical relaxers, or soothing whale songs. On the spa side, aestheticians customize facials to each customer’s skin type, while massage therapists enhance Swedish or deep-tissue strokes with body polishes and hot stones.
Maximizing beauty is the main goal of the staff at Serenity Hair & Spa, but they make sure to pamper clients along the way. Their stylists condition, cut and style hair, or infuse it with luscious texture during protein conditioning treatments.
On the spa side, Serenity's aestheticians elongate eyelashes one by one with 3-D extensions. Sothys facial treatments correct issues such as acne or dry skin, and fragrant salt scrubs leave skin radiant from head to toe.
Part spa and part school, A Little Spa Institute beautifies clients while training the next generation of aestheticians and nail technicians. All of the services are performed by students under instructor supervision. Guests can choose from an array of services that include facials, peels, waxing, mani-pedis, and spray tans. Students, on the other hand, undertake programs in skincare or nail services.