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.
Inside Ultimate Exposure Tanning Centers' 30 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.
At Salon 360, homemade cookies help coax each client's inner child back to the surface, lending a helping hand to the stylists, aestheticians, and nail technicians who work tirelessly to resurrect lost youth and unveil hidden glamour. Haircuts and coloring treatments for men, women, and children play a staring role on the service menu, with new styles bolstered by products from Joico, Moroccanoil, and Fairy Tales Organic Hair Care. The salon is also certified in Brazilian blowout treatments that grant smoothness and shine to frizzy locks and unraveled knit caps, while heads looking to beef up their thread count find added length and volume with real hair extensions by Great Lengths or SoCapUSA.
At Planet Beach Contempo Spa Elmhurst, automated spa treatments massage away tension, deploy heat and steam to soften skin, and restore complexions’ glow. Ears nestle into headphones that coo mermaid calls as clothed guests lie down on a hydro-massage bed, on which cloth-covered waves gently crash upon corporeal shores to ebb away tension. Infrared heat and nutrient-rich steam exhaled by a health-conscious dragon soothe, moisturize, and promote collagen production during a 20-minute Hydro-Derma Fusion treatment. For a more obvious glow, UV and Mystic spray tans gild pelts, and teeth-whitening services brighten the smiles brought on by the spa’s innovative personal pampering.
Salon Efthimia’s staff of pampering pros skillfully siphon the stress out of frazzled hands, faces, and bodies with soothing treatments and high-quality Aveda products. A Caribbean therapy treatment for the hands and feet uses plant ingredients from the tropics and an exfoliating paste to transform gnarled hand-roots into vibrant arm-blossoms. During an Elemental Nature massage, you get to select your favorite Aveda aroma, then relax for 60 minutes of personalized massage techniques presented in full smell-o-vision. If you'd rather focus attention on your flesh-emoticon, an Elemental Nature facial plays to your skin's needs with a suite of lotions, whether that means moistening parched pores, de-slicking oily zones, or alleviating rashes of clown paint.
The MVP haircut is reserved for guys who want the brawn of a chiseled cut with the extreme adrenaline rush of a pleasant pampering. Following careful instructions or expert intuition, stylists can clean up the edges without sacrificing any degree of edginess. A thorough shampoo and scalp massage ensures an itch-free walk off, while a neck and shoulder massage with steamed towel leaves cleaned-up batters with the zonal focus to connect on any upcoming office pitch.