Women, men, and kids in search of new a new look have been turning to From The Top Salon for more than 20 years. The Aveda-certified staff happily grant their wishes, cutting hair, brushing on new color, and nourishing locks with the brand's botanically based products. In addition to hair treatments, the stylists fulfill the salon's long-held mission of boosting clients' self-confidence with waxing services, mani-pedis, and makeup lessons.
Amid a regal purple and gold interior, stylists at Couture Salon & Spa pamper patrons with a sweeping selection of prettifying services bolstered by opulent products. Kick off look overhauls with a haircut and style ($45+ for women, $20+ for men), or recast hair colors to better match the aurora borealis with a single-process hair dye ($50). For unfixable fringe, wax wielders artfully shape overgrown brows ($13) and completely nix undesirable fuzz from the lips ($11), chin ($11), or bikini line ($35). The salon’s trio of facials ($40–$65) highlights visages formerly enshrouded by overgrown hair, and false eyelashes ($10) and makeup applications ($45) add a look-at-me finish without the hassle of self-pasting and rolling in a bathtub full of glitter. Clients lounge in black leather treatment thrones while gazing at a golden-swirled wall mural. The salon also stocks a spread of take-home products including O.P.I., Schwarzkopf, and Pureology to extend the life of new looks.
As owner of The Beauty Studio, Elizabeth wears many hats. She's a state-licensed aesthetician and nail technician, is certified in medical aesthetics and micropigmentology, and can braid hair with one finger. In the comfort of her cozy beauty studio, clients can draw on her 15 years of experience with an invigorating facial, shea-butter wrap, or anti-aging exfoliation treatment. The spa can also promote eye appeal with lash extensions or nix unflattering hair from the brows and body with a specialty waxing session.
Wanda Enoch has kept a steady hand during more than 35,000 permanent-makeup applications. Years of experience with the manual pen, electric pen, and coil machine allow her to accentuate features without disrupting the face's harmony as well as improve incorrectly applied permanent makeup. She also specializes in non-laser tattoo removal and needling for acne scars and fine lines. Enoch's success has allowed her to share her wisdom in articles and features; the Chicago Tribune has featured her for her work with scar camouflage and repigmentation for burn survivors, breast-cancer patients, and people with cleft palates.
Cheryl Picha used to exclusively specialize in bridal makeup. As she added that wedding-day glow, dabbed away tears of joy, and blended foundations to match her subjects' individual coloring, she began to receive requests—the brides wanted these long-lasting, custom-blended formulas in their own makeup kits. This discovery led Cheryl to establish Custom Face, a group of independent makeup artists who specialize in applying individualized cosmetics to every unique face that walks through their door. Powered by the sultry hues of the Motives by Loren Ridinger line, the artists concoct foundations, bronzers, blushes, and eye shadows to complement their clients' skin tones. Visitors can either bring these formulas home or have their specialist craft a personalized look stunning enough to brighten any wedding, cultural celebration, or live-action production of The Smurfs they desire.
Every stylist who wields shears or makeup at Salon 134 West has been handpicked for the ability to employ multiple styling techniques and cross over from cutting to coloring to straightening without missing a beat. At many salons, stylists pass clients from one stylist to another in a sort of styling assembly line, all reinterpreting the hairstyle for themselves and moving away from the initial vision for the style. Rather than distorting hairstyles through such a process, Salon 134 West pairs clients with a single stylist for the entire session, allowing stylists to bring their original artistic vision to fruition while saving clients the trouble of having to explain their hair dreams ad nauseam.