Like any good colorist knows, perfection is all about balance. But for Redken-trained colorist and salon owner Juliet Strocchia, it's more than just finding the right hue for a client's coloring. It's also about balancing the need for quality her clients seek while also keeping in mind her salon's environmental and societal impact. That's why Juliet and her team only stock their styling stations with socially conscious botanical products from brands such as Brocato, Paul Mitchell, and Redken that are good for the body, the world, and trees with major frizz problems.
The staff uses these kinds of products in the salon's cut, color, and chemical treatments, which can improve hair's condition with silk-imbuing conditioning treatments or add a splash of color to the tips of hair with ombre color jobs. Some of Juliet's high-profile clients include the Chelsea Lately show and the Chicago Rush dancers, but the same careful attention is extended to all the salon's clients.
"Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges, but eventually you find a hairstylist you like." This is just one of the many tongue-in-cheek sayings found on Cutting Edge 54 Salon's Facebook wall. The sayings, which also include "Keep calm and let me fix your hair" and "Behind every beautiful woman there is a hairdresser who loves her," reflect the homey, fun vibe the salon cultivates in its Elk Grove Village confines. Here, clients feel at home as they get pampered with services that run the gamut from subtle ombre highlights and children's haircuts to elaborate nail designs and waxing services.
Six stylists and a pair of nail techs make up the team at Sandra Araceli Salon, a haven of primping and pampering nestled in a mini-mall. Their haircuts, color treatments, and perms each begin with a thorough consultation to discuss expectations and taste, then finish with a rundown of styling tips that help you maintain your new look at home. They also carry DreamCatchers extensions, which are made of real human hair and can be used to add realistic length to limp locks or show dogs' coats.
For more than two decades, Shear Hair Care has tended to the manes of Elk Grove residents with skill. Under the guidance of owner Tiffiny and manager Jessica, the stylists create fetching coiffures using professional products from Redken and put uncooperative frizz back on the well-behaved path with straightening Brazilian blowouts. The salon also stocks at-home editions of products from Redken and Matrix, helping clients recreate their looks from the comfort of their own dressing rooms.
Inside Ultimate Exposure Tanning Centers' Chicagoland locations, a full lineup of UV- and spray-tanning equipment infuse skin with a healthy summer glow year-round. Individual sessions in the automated spray-tanning booths?such as VersaSpa?or UV beds gild bodysuits for nights on the town, and unlimited monthly packages fashion a continuous golden hue previously only available to sunbathing satellites. The salon stocks a variety of tan-accelerating lotions from Swedish Beauty, Australian Gold, and Designer Skin, which deepen bronze hues and moisturize skin to fashion a long-lasting radiance.