Monica Harris began her career in the beauty industry as a makeup artist, even developing enough expertise to design and teach a college course on makeup artistry. After spending countless hours working on models, she realized that even the most makeup-savvy girls struggled with their skincare. Inspired by this experience, Monica became a licensed aesthetician to educate clients and improve the quality of their skin. Today Monica runs several successful spas, where she works directly with her clients to clear up skincare woes and develop results-oriented home regimens to whip skin into shape without the use of restrictive pore girdles. At Monica’s Skincare Boutique, she delivers a host of skincare treatments along with a full menu of makeup, nailcare, and waxing services.
The voluminous selection of services at Beyond Bare has something for every part and for every person, from hair extensions to body contouring to spa services just for men. Technicians and aestheticians are available seven days a week, and they even travel to clients' homes.
The Tanning Co.'s four types of tanning beds and array of hair services help clients add customized oomph to their appearances. Body-bronzing beginners may opt for a nap in the level I Montego Bay bed ($8/session) to achieve an admirable tan in 20 minutes, or approximately half the time it takes to dream that you forgot to study for your Biology of Puppies final exam. The Tropical Kiwi bed ($12/session) aims to turn bodies tawny in 15 minutes, while the Silver Bullet bed ($22/session) is a mammoth bed for extra comfort and creates a coppery finish in 12 minutes without metallic aftertaste. For individuals who would rather be perpendicular to the floor, the stand-up booth ($15/session) delivers new pigments in 11 minutes, eliminates lines and pressure points, and gilds hard to reach areas such as the underarms, sides, and inner eardrums. After each session, tanning beds are sanitized with an FDA-approved cleaning solution.
For more than 10 years, the staff of Techniques Salon—tucked away in Uptown Park Ridge—has kept a loyal band of clients beautified with customized aesthetic services coupled with high-end haircare and skincare products. Inside the beauty haven, five stylists scurry around the salon floor, tending to manes with traditional hair services including cutting hair with shears or coloring strands with permanent markers. Aestheticians softly step around a treatment room as they rejuvenate epidermises with microdermabrasions, facials, and waxing services, and nail techs strike up conversations with clients as they indulge their put-upon paws with mani-pedi treatments.
Wanda Enoch has kept a steady hand through more than 30,000 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.
Enoch shares her wisdom through newspaper articles and lectures read from notes tattooed on her colleagues' foreheads. 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.
The tanning pros at Xotic Tan help clients combat alabaster tones with a variety of tanning services. Clients can recline in toasty tanning beds that bronze limbs with customizable intensity. Alternatively, they can step into Mystic tanning booths for quick spritzes of UV-free bronzer, or opt for a custom airbrush tan that allows them to fit in at the beach or to stop getting mistaken for snow.