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.
Beautifying skin is the top priority at Esthetics at Nautique. The staff tackles this task with facials, waxing, and body wraps. Soothing pumpkin enzyme facials refresh skin in just an hour, and anti-aging facials fight signs of age, from crow's-feet and wrinkles to birthday alerts popping up on foreheads.
Since 1957, Sycamore Integrated Health has passed through two generations—but it remains in the same family. An experienced staff performs multidisciplinary procedures including medical care, chiropractic care, nutritional consultations, and massage therapy.
Tucked away in downtown St. Charles, Eliza Jane’s girlie-girl boutique glimmers with trendy accessories and colorful jewelry crafted by 35 local artists, three of who are teen entrepreneurs. A pressed tin ceiling and soft lights hang above a hardwood floor, where the colors pink and white feature strongly among accessories—such as kitchsy purses, vintage bracelets, and stuffed animals—that overflow from tall glass shelving units and tables covered with printed cloth. After customers snag a specialty gift for baby, teacher, or self, Eliza Jane's staff can swaddle it in complimentary pink and brown wrapping. Ladies in need of a pick-me-up can pamper bodies with nonchip mani-pedis, facials, and waxing treatments.
CS Massage clients rest their heads on heated neck cushions and relax their lids under eye pillows as the licensed massage therapist begins the one-hour customized muscle mendings. The treatment melds the long strokes of a Swedish massage with a calming bouquet of essential oils, incorporating deep-tissue and hot-stone techniques where necessary. Clients then get cocooned in a moisturizing body wrap for 30 minutes. Before the heated wrap, the therapist will use soft body brushes to exfoliate skin as well as apply a mineral mist and a coat of all-natural moisturizer. The wrap also includes a scalp massage to stimulate daydreams of relaxed mummies during the treatment.