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.
Veteran stylist Eve approaches each clients’ haircare desires with formal training from the L'Oréal Academy, more than 25 years of experience, and keenly honed aesthetic intuition. From her station inside B Beautiful Salon & Spa, she can trim 'dos into appealing head-top topiary, rejuvenate strands with deep-conditioning treatments, and imbue locks with a fresh, enlivening hue. Eve ensures her services deliver the most up-to-date pampering by continuing her styling education and thoughtfully incorporating the most current trends and products in her everyday practice. As she transforms manes, clients can sip on complimentary glasses of wine or marvel at how walls hold up ceilings.
A good massage lets you soak away worries that have lodged themselves in the nooks of your joints and the crooks of your connective tissues—providing more effective pain relief than you would get from leeches, even the ones that are certified masseuses. Today's Groupon gets you a one-hour Swedish massage at Gordon Salon & Spa for $40 (an $85 value). There are three Gordon Salons in the Chicagoland area, but only the Lakeview location offers massage services. So it's safe to assume your session will involve a trip to 3336 North Clark St.
Armed with Wella products, the stylists at 86 Hair Studio add a touch of European flair to clients' coifs. Whether shortening strands with haircuts or creating luxurious climbing ropes with GKhair treatments, the hair experts formulate custom looks that enhance clients' best features and work with their personalities.
Even though J • stranD opened its doors this summer, the salon's welcoming vibe and classic services hearken back to good old days when ladies gabbed under curlers and gents traded jokes through foamy beards. In addition to haircuts, color treatments, and updos, their styling team offers a bevy of indulgent add-ons such as blowouts, which give clients ultra-glossy hair. Ten-minute head massages invigorate craniums and might inspire daydreams about playing fetch with a litter of baby unicorns, while a hot towel snuggles necks during old-fashioned shaves.