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 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.
Golden-hued walls radiate warmth inside Trendsetters Salon and Spa, where an equally inviting staff stands eager to turn envisioned hairstyles into reality. With the help of Redken and Pureology products, stylists clip, color, and highlight locks. An aesthetic team mirrors the styling team's customer-service focus, but instead leads clients to treatment rooms more private than a diary’s secret bibliography. Inside, staff members perform massages, spray tans, waxing, and facials.
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.
A commitment to natural, plant-derived beauty unifies the 10 Aveda Lifestyle SalonSpa outposts of Asha SalonSpa. Organic products help enrich hair in each location's salon, where stylists specialize in precision haircuts while eschewing harsh chemicals in favor of plant-based Aveda color, pure organic makeup, and whispered requests to smooth down. Spa guests are greeted with a cup of tea and a cozy, signature herbal neck pillow amid the waiting room's earth-toned decor, where they await the start of their facials, massages, body treatments, or nail treatments. As with the salon, all of these services employ Aveda's signature plant- and flower-based products. In addition to their regular services, Asha locations periodically host special events and workshops on topics such as stress management.
At Creative Nails Too, courteous nail technicians add a little dazzle to hands and feet. Once all 20 fingers and toes have been trimmed and filed, technicians can emboss them in glossy no-chip polishes or carefully paint on intricate designs such as snowflakes or tiny portraits of your favorite Baldwin brother. Once toes and fingers have been freshened up, eyebrow and lip waxes also can be booked to help ensure clients leave with a fresh face to match.