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 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.
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.
The staffers at Le Belle Donne Salon and Day Spa fine-tune all their hair, nail, and skincare services with nourishing ingredients to help clients attain all their beauty goals. Spa services ward off tension with the delicate, flowing kneads of a Swedish massage or the deep-exfoliating effects of a moisturizing body scrub. The day spa can also tend to gentlemanly needs with men’s services, including massages and waxing, haircuts with a hot-towel treatment, or sports-massage pedicures that paint nails in their favorite team's colors.
At Bellagio Nails, licensed practitioners decorate fingers and toes with everything from no-chip polish to nail-art acrylics. Spa pedicures incorporate luxury touches such as hot-stone therapy and sea-salt scrubs, which make feet happier than socks made from penguin feathers. There are waxing services as well, which can be performed on legs, brows, underarms, and bikini lines.