The Great Clips empire spans more than 3,000 salons across North America, where a collective of over 30,000 stylists wait, ready to tend to hairstyles. At these salons, no appointments are necessary—though an online check-in system aids those who wish to skip any potential lines by adding their names directly to the haircut queue. And to aid their new hairstyles, customers can peruse a line of gels, conditioners, pomades, and tea-tree oil shampoos and body washes.
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.
Hair stylists cut and slather manes with K?rastase, Bumble and bumble products, and ammonia-free Inoa, and aestheticians wield wax to shape eyebrows and seal formal eviction notices to upper-lip hairs. Faces fortify themselves for special occasions under the deft digits of the salon's makeup artists.
After gaining success at international salons, fashion shows, and photo shoots, stylists Laurence Hegarty, David Raccuglia, Beth Lloyd, and Sally Raccuglia joined forces to establish the first Art + Science Salon in 1989. Now, more than two decades later, the quartet of hairstylists has cemented their position in the beauty world by opening three locations across Chicago and creating a philosophy to which each salon holds true: provide world-class, yet wearable, haircuts.
To meet this goal, each salon is staffed with expert stylists and colorists who must complete the salon's rigorous apprenticeship program, which is based on the European system of blending art with science to create modern, wearable styles. The specialists transform hair with help from products from Mensdept., Bumble and Bumble, American Crew, and Shu Uemera. They also make sure clients go home knowing how to maintain and recreate their dos. To welcome more gentlemen into the salon, Art + Science has unveiled The Barbershop at Art + Science, which offers hot towels, straight-razor shaves, and stylish cuts.
Trendy Nail Boutique lines its chocolate-brown floors with oversize La Fleur pedicure chairs, each of which is furnished with an advanced pipe-free whirlpool system that keeps soaking tubs sanitary for each client. The chairs add an extra dose of comfort and cleanliness during each mani-pedi, which crowns nails with OPI and Essie products after they’re refined with implements purified by a hospital-grade Steri-Dent dry-heat sterilizer. To begin their services, guests sidle up to tufted chairs at private, bistro-style manicure tables and watch the movie of the week on a flat-screen TV, which entertains the eyes as nails don coats of polish and toes have a committee meeting on shoe legislation.
Most new hairstyles are created with a pair of scissors. And while Studio SLK offers this to every client, they also offer the complete opposite: a new hairstyle with the addition of hair extensions. The volume- and length-boosting extensions are bonded or sewn into existing locks, and can be as long as you desire. Stylists also color hair with strategically placed highlights and smooth out frizz with keratin treatments. Other services includes manicures and pedicures for hands and feet.