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.
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.
Inside Vintage Parlour & Beauty Boutique, certified cosmetic technician Sabrina Kampmeier rids clients of unwanted hair through waxing treatments. She applies warm wax and removes strands from the root, which helps to exfoliate the skin and keep surfaces smoother for longer than shaving or cooing to them. In addition to waxing clients, Sabrina snips and colors full heads of hair with products from Redken, Rusk, and Paul Mitchell.
An aesthetician custom blends wax to remove unwanted body hair on all skin types. Hairy backs, chests, legs, and arms on men and women become sleek surfaces, and overgrown eyebrows transform into perfect replicas of the Gateway Arch. The aesthetician also focuses attention on faces with custom facials and microdermabrasion treatments.
Ensconced in the tonsorium's comfortable chairs and chocolate-brown walls, Visions' friendly staff pampers patrons with a variety of hair services. Satisfy chroma cravings at the salon's color bar, which serves up margarita and shot glasses full of dye for tinting tresses a variety of handsome hues ($60+). Before whacking away head weeds with tightly wound trimmers during a women's haircut ($27+), stylists will soap up languid locks with Paul Mitchell Awapuhi shampoo and conditioner, which is distilled from a native Hawaiian flower with healing tinctures that help to repair damaged hair. Meanwhile, the salon's specialty Brazilian blowout, beats back frizzy bushes with a 90-minute keratin treatment that leaves hair sleeker, more manageable, and less likely to throw tantrums at the mall for up to 12 weeks ($175).