The skilled tanning specialists at Say Spahhh Beautique’s Elmwood Park studio spoon-feed skin with nutrients and rich, golden color. The scents of flickering candles share the air with sighs of contentment at the spa’s newly renovated facility, which houses a range of modern equipment alongside plush massage beds and bottles filled to the brim with exfoliating facial products. Like the collagen-reactivating facial, an FDA-cleared Lipomassage system works to tighten skin while it tones the body's contours and releases fat cells trapped in posteriors, legs, and behind rib-cage bars.
The staffers at Savi Hair Studio, Tan & Nails know that a grumbling stomach can ruin a relaxing spa day as surely as it can ruin a congressional hearing on manners. That’s why they've designed the six-hour Day of Beauty to include a light lunch in between an aromatherapy facial, mani-pedi, shampoo and style, and makeup application. But even with a meal break, this package still can't claim to be a comprehensive survey of the studio's specialties, which also include Swedish and sports massages, bikini waxing, and tanning in a standup booth.
When she was just 19, Chiara Lazzara became a certified national educator for Paul Mitchell. Since then, she's spent the past decade honing her skills and now dispenses styling wisdom from her own establishment, Chiara Salon. Inside this Paul Mitchell focus salon, she and her team revitalize manes with services such as haircuts, color, and highlights. They also lengthen tresses with natural human-hair extensions, and embellish visages with lash extensions, spray tanning, and mani-pedis. In addition to beautifying hair for everyday wear, the team also specializes in hair and makeup packages for weddings and special events, with services performed on location or at the salon.
Victoria Salon's body beautifiers pamper bodies from foot to crown with an array of services performed in a clean, relaxing environment. Armed with Paul Mitchell products, skilled stylists snip off split ends, add layers, and cut foreheads free from thickets of entangling bangs in women's ($55) and men's ($35+) haircuts. Sip on a cup of java or tea and brighten up tarnished locks with highlights (full: $110; partial: $75) or ensure hair stays as soft as a Beanie Baby with a conditioning treatment ($20). Clients can streamline their faces for apple-bobbing season with lip ($15), chin ($15), or cheek ($30) waxing. After tending to above-the-neck areas, treat finger helmets to a manicure ($21) and pedicure ($45) that leave nails sparkling brighter than a set of holiday lights.
Great Clips harnesses the vast resources of a national salon chain to provide personalized, professional styling services to follicle frolickers at five participating Chicago-area locations. Wild wigs are brought to bear by highly trained hair tamers who also serve as style guides through the often-intimidating tonsorial jungle, answering clients' questions about hair trends and maintenance. A socially responsible company, Great Clips also hosts haircut-a-thons, bake sales, and baked haircut sale-a-thons to benefit charities, including the Children's Miracle Network of hospitals and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.
Ulta's licensed staff, which partakes in ongoing training to keep skills sharp, creates customized looks and expert image enhancement using acclaimed beauty products. Like a loaf of bread in a space shuttle with a broken sunroof, hairstyles can grow stale between salon visits. A 45-minute coif-cultivation session, in which the stylist takes into account face shape and lifestyle, energizes follicles and forges a salon-fresh look. In the one-hour Dermalogica facial, an aesthetic augur examines skin in order to customize a course of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing session with Dermalogica products. The treatment leaves skin impeccable, like a recently buffed and oiled slab of marble.