Sharmilla Hira might be new to Heidi's Salon, but she's accumulated more than a quarter-century of experience in the beauty industry, training on various procedures throughout Europe and the United States. As an aesthetician, she puts this experience to use through skincare treatments including facials, microdermabrasion, and threading. However, her true specialty is permanent makeup; during her application sessions, she helps define the eyes and mouth with natural pigments, and adds extra color to cheeks, lips, and invisible freckles. She also uses her services to correct various physical conditions; she can disguise stretch marks, replenish brows or hairlines affected by alopecia, or reconstruct areolas after a mastectomy or breast enhancement.
Bronzed Image Tanning darkens and de-blemishes human hides with an arsenal of sun-imitating technology and non-UV machines. Patrons may perk up their pigments with a full 30 days of tanning from a Level 1 bed, which effectively brown birthday suits while eschewing the scalding sands and woefully inedible jellyfish associated with the beach.
Led by Dr. Landon Pryor, the skilled technicians at True Laser use Candela GentleLase and GentleYAG lasers for hair removal and collagen-stimulating skin-rejuvenation treatments. They calibrate the laser's wavelength to suit either purpose, and a cooling device spritzes skin with cryogen immediately after the laser's pulses to make treatments more comfortable for clients.
But not all of True Laser's services are laser-based. Aestheticians polish away dead and dull skin with microdermabrasion treatments, using pure baking-soda crystals—rather than the more commonly used aluminum oxide—to avoid unnecessary skin irritation. They also stock glo therapeutics skincare products—infused with vitamin C and ultrafine fairy dust—for facials tailored toward each client's needs, and they administer facial peels to target signs of aging.
At his two gyms in Bloomingdale and Rockford, Elite Defense Systems' chief instructor Matt Numrich leads practical, defense-oriented classes focused on jeet kune do, the hybrid martial art and philosophical system developed in 1965 by Bruce Lee. Jeet kune do focuses on efficiency and personal development, guiding students through a mixture of more than two dozen arts.
Though Elite Defense Systems offers one-on-one training, group lessons for men, women, and children are recommended for their sense of community, their varied sparring partners, and their chances for students to combine into a five-piece battle robot. Including Matt, the gyms have a staff of only three instructors and three assistants, allowing for a closer student-teacher relationship.
While patrons recline in a private room with soft earth tones and hardwood floors, licensed aestheticians Traci Scribner and Nikki Nelson quickly remove their unwanted body hair. They heat up soft wax and carefully smear it on larger areas of the body, including the legs and the back, before swiftly removing the wax and the hair with muslin strips. For smaller and more sensitive areas of the body, such as the face and bikini line, they use hard wax, which shrink-wraps itself around the hair as it cools, resulting in less pulling on the skin.
Traci and Nikki further enhance bare skin with spray-tanning services. They're particularly adept at working with fitness-competition participants and use 1?2 applications of JanTana solution, making competitors stand out more than an actual teenager playing a teenager on TV.
S.T. Hair & Spa’s accommodating stylists listen to clients and offer stylish suggestions before cutting curls, trimming beards, and ridding faces of unwanted fuzz. Other services include perms and keratin treatments to reformulate hair texture, and deep-conditioning and gloss treatments to bolster follicle strength and shine. Regular and chip-resistant polishes dress up digits during manicures and pedicures, and stylists can create updos to prep individuals or parties for weddings, proms, or formal trips to the supermarket.