On a trip to Chicago from his native Italy, young Mario Tricoci changed his life forever. The fledgling hairdresser stopped in at a prestigious salon, where he impressed the owner with his impeccable display of skill and landed himself a job. The next six decades brought strings of industry awards and the opening of his very own salon, which soon exploded into 26 locations in four states. With his styling prowess proven both to the industry and to the clients he encountered each day, the coiffeur decided to share his gift with others. In 2004, he established Tricoci University to foster a new generation of cosmetologists and spa technicians trained to thrive in the luxury-spa industry.
Throughout the Midwest, Tricoci protégés study a rigorous curriculum in high-end salon and spa surroundings to learn how to create beautiful hairdos, choose skin-flattering cosmetics, and beautify nails and skin. A team of experienced industry professionals readies pupils for the beauty world with in-depth classes, and outside education arrives via video demonstrations and guest-artist lectures on Vidal Sassoon's Wedge-Bob Postulate. More advanced students get a preview of their career to come by beautifying real people during instructor-supervised treatments, which lend the stylist essential experience as the client enjoys a pampering session at a discounted rate.
For more than 30 years, Phaze One Day Spa has welcomed clients into its space for everything from haircuts to full-body massages. Guests can peruse a collection of scarves and jewelry as they wait for their appointment with the hairstylist, or they can take a gander at the selection of OPI nail polishes for their upcoming manicure, pedicure, or polish-wrestling event. Beyond the main floor, soft lighting blankets the spa’s private treatment rooms, creating a relaxing oasis for a wax, Swedish massage, or custom facial fortified by Murad skincare products.
Inside Nine Dragons Foot Finesse's bright, fuchsia room, practitioners target acupuncture points with a Chinese modality that has been passed down for 5,000 years. The philosophy of reflexology theorizes that all parts of the body can be affected by target points on the feet, activating self-healing, increasing metabolism, and heightening blood circulation without the need for repeated viewings of The Birds. While each session focuses on the feet, the whole body gets attention from the therapist, including the head, back, and legs.
Spanning more than 150 locations and six states, L.A. Tan's beautifying services polish pallid epidermises into shining, bronzed statues and brighten smiles with whitening treatments. A Level 1, 2, or 3 booth tan glows warmly with UVB rays, stimulating the body's production of vitamin D and burnishing epidermises to a brilliant sheen. UV-free spray tans, such as Mystic Tan or Versa Spa sessions, quickly glaze outer skin shells into glistening hues without exposing hides to the sun's harmful rays or pitiful knock-knock jokes.
Born and raised in the nearby village of South Holland, Dr. Joseph Paun continues to give back to his community at Paun Family Chiropractic and Wellness, where he and his wife, Dr. Sarah Paun, team up to treat their patients’ ailments with low-risk, holistic remedies. Though they share the same title and surname, Drs. Joe and Sarah each specialize in distinct chiropractic and wellness therapies. Dr. Sarah’s passion for children manifests in her pediatric and pregnancy care, and Dr. Joe’s past involvement in the world of mixed martial arts has led to his interest in nutrition and hypnosis—a technique he once used to make chicken-dancing fools of his opponents.
Though their interests and knowledge span the breadth of chiropractic care, the husband and wife focus their efforts on evidence-based therapies. At the heart of their practice is an emphasis on getting to know patients through in-depth consultations. These consultations often lead the doctors to explore various options such as acupuncture, nutritional guidance, and massage with in-house therapists Stephanie Olenik, Theresa Krohn, and Valerie Bellamy.
As a skilled stylist chops sleek layers into a head of hair, a network of hanging spotlights illuminates the stylist's work as well as the salon's suede furniture and polished wood floors. Decorative mirrors further add dimension to the space, framing clients' results after stylists rewire their tresses with products by Paul Mitchell or Brocato. Since opening the salon in 1999, owners and stylists Julie Compton and Joanne Lane have made it their mission to offer clients a respite from life's chaotic moments by tailoring hair services to each person's distinct needs. The salon also offers an array of special-occasion treatments such as the Clean Me Up face wax and the Be Strong hair-conditioning treatment, which compliments the size of your biceps while fortifying your hair.