Zen Wellness and Retreat’s aestheticians purify the body, shape its contours, and polish its exterior. Holistic-healing arts distinguish Zen’s menu, with sessions that redirect energy and restore balance, such as ear candling Lady Justice. Traditional pampering reveals youthful, healthy skin with topical scrubs and tonics, as well as mechanical exfoliators. Slimming treatments take the form of spa pampering or dietary supplements, and six modes of massage therapy soften hard muscles.
Each one-hour visage revamping begins with a thorough cleansing treatment and is accompanied by a soothing massage of the neck, shoulders, hands, and arms. Strive to tighten wizened skin with the C-Quench Facial (a $95 value), which sees one of Elements Salon Spa Retreat's experienced aestheticians infusing skull sheaths with vitamin C and retinol in an attempt to decrease the visibility of wrinkles and sun damage. Those with more sensitive or acne-prone skin should opt for the Oxy Trio Facial (a $90 value) to obtain a countenance that's clearer than Mr. Rogers's background check. Elements Salon Spa Retreat also satiates its guests with complimentary coffee, tea, wine, and snacks.
What began in 1985 as a small, six-chair salon has evolved into Color Room Salon & Day Spa, the realized vision of beauty expert and master stylist Pamela Anderson. Today, Anderson's 4,200-square-foot space boasts 18 styling chairs, 25 employees, and membership in both the National Cosmetology Association and the Chicago Cosmetology Association. You can see Anderson's Romancing Freedom collection in a fashion shoot featured in Salon Magazine and on the website Tupelu. Hair's How magazine noted that "body and volume, form and ease of detailed styling" were showcased in the "dramatic, glamorous" collection.
Anderson pours as much heart and creativity into the design of her salon as she does into updos and highlights. Estetica magazine says that she has successfully used a "refreshing palette of bright colors" to create a modern ambiance that, like a rapper sampling an Enya tune, is best described as "urban chic meets New Age charm." Warm red and orange tones are juxtaposed with an abundance of green plants, and red crystal vases and colorful abstract paintings boldly accent the walls' muted hues.
The caring team outfits guests with comfy robes for services ranging from cuts, colors, and Hairtini steam-conditioning treatments to indulgent mani-pedis, facials, and massages. The staff also gives back to the community, hosting charitable functions for organizations such as the National Autism Association of Northwest Indiana, the St. Jude House in Crown Point, and the Ronald McDonald House.
A cozy black pedicure throne with a warm footbath and polish-lined manicure station furnishes Tammy’s Nailtique. Here, a technician transforms ravaged, misshapen, and rugged nails into well-shaped and vibrant digits with cleaning, grooming, and polishing. The nail salon offers mani-pedis, spa pedicures, and no-chip polishes, which add protection and longevity to nail services.