Students at Debutantes School of Cosmetology and Nail Technology hone essential skills in styling, refining, and pampering in 17,000 square feet of salon-focused space. Advanced apprentices lavish real-world clients with beauty services at a lower rate than that found at standard salons, helping them to sharpen their skills as their subjects bask in artful hair styling, skin treatments, and nail services.
The salon is vivid in shades of marine blue and mauve, and the lobby bubbles fresh water over a brilliantly tiled fountain, where clients and students alike gaze at their reflections or beseech the water for hints about whether to choose a standard or french-tipped manicure.
A cadre of accomplished students mans hp: the college's three Chicago-area salons, where they learn the beauty trade while enhancing client appearances for less than at standard studios. Founded in 1979, the college instructs fledgling stylists in the latest trends and aesthetic remedies with products from Moroccanoil, Wella, and Dermalogica. At all three locations, sleek black styling chairs contrast with colorful bottles of hair products and OPI nail polish set amid the comfort of plush pedicure chairs. As students ply their skills on ravishing haircuts and clarifying facials, aesthetics pupils use carefully blended botanicals to add aroma, hydration, and palm-sized zen gardens to manicures and pedicures.
The staff at Spa Vargas Wellness pampers bodies and minds with luxurious spa services that deploy the spa's own line of naturally sourced products. Moving to their new location, the team at the Pheasant Run Resort outfits clients with cozy robes and slippers before inviting them to relax in an aromatherapy waiting room, which is more fragrant than a dessert buffet at Strawberry Shortcake's house. Nimble hands can exfoliate skin with a sea-salt or mud scrub, and the spacious Moroccan-style Vichy shower rejuvenates skin during hydrotherapy treatments. The calm-inducing crew passes on kneading know-how to up-and-coming massage therapists and play-doh sculptors at Spa Vargas University.
The expert aestheticians at Skin Deep Med Spa deploy a cornucopia of facials and body treatments designed to bolster youthful smoothness and inner peace. Before undergoing any of the spa’s signature facials⎯such as the redness therapy facial, AHA Rapid Exfoliator, or pomegranate pore-cleansing facial⎯a keen-eyed skin technician evaluates faces to determine skin characteristics. Zerona body-contouring treatments seek to slim down bodies by targeting lipids beneath the skin with photons, and waxing treatments de-fuzz excess forestry from virtually anywhere on the body.
Ranked among America's 200 fastest-growing salons in the January 2009 issue of Salon Today, My Salon smoothes and styles patrons' head quarters with an array of services. In the Brazilian keratin smoothing treatments, the salon's experienced stylists coat cranial carpeting in the plant-derived protection of Brazilian Blowout Zero. Free of formaldehyde and other harsh chemicals, the product John Hancocks each strand with a signature blend of essential amino acids, liberating tresses from the tyrannical grip of frizz. Following the three-hour treatment, patrons can flaunt their shiny locks at the office, at friends' houses, and aboard charmingly haunted tall ships for up to 12 weeks.
Over the past 30 years, hairstyles have evolved from punky ’80s puff-dos, to spunky ’90s pixie cuts, and finally millennial styles. Katrina Hish has weathered every fad with a firm grip on her scissors and a desire to please her clients. In 1981, the owner of Katrina's Hair & Nails began amassing hair, nail, and makeup talent, and ended up teaching cosmetology and doling out inspirational advice from beauty school lecterns. Now she combines her experience with modern sensibilities, overseeing her staff as they expertly cut, style, and color hairdos and lavish clients with manicures and pedicures.