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.
For more than 10 years, Salon Lamia has been welcoming clients in with a smile and sending them out with a new style. The salon is staffed by licensed hairstylists who share a common goal of combining hair-design techniques with creativity and modern trends. The result is haircuts that frame the face and hew to each client's features. They also provide coloring that?gives a vibrant bump to hair that's going through a black-and-white period. Other staffers are on hand for skincare and makeup services, plus mani-pedis, tanning, and waxing.
A specialist in hair coloring and highlights, Toni has been trimming and styling hairdos for more than 30 years. At her own day spa, she combines her expertise with that of aestheticians and nail technicians. Together, they rejuvenate looks with skincare treatments, no-chip manicures, and hair-smoothing La-Brasiliana keratin treatments.
Anastasia Makeup Chicago is a go-to resource for cosmetics, given that it not only provides applications of traditional, and permanent makeup, but also lessons on applying makeup yourself. The staff takes its time with clients, spending one to two hours on lessons and up to a full day for applications. By creating cat-eyes, shaping eyebrows, and applying eyelash extensions, staffers ready faces for magazine covers, fashion shows, weddings, and, if all those go well, postage stamps.
Seva—named for the Sanskrit root-word that means 'to serve selflessly'—grew from a single, simple location opened in 2008 to what is now a beautifying powerhouse with shops populating nine states. Owner Vas Maniatis stumbled upon the concept of owning an eyebrow-centric salon during a trip he took with his sweetheart-turned-wife to Chicago's Little India district on Devon Avenue. While his date indulged in a quick eyebrow threading, Vas marveled at "what looked like hands and arms and a spool of thread dancing to some peculiar rhythm." He quickly set in motion a plan to set up shop and expose the ancient hair removal technique to those living outside the Indian community.
Today, a menu of services ranges from traditional eyebrow and facial threading, to instantly-drying no chip manicures that stay flawless for up to 14 days of incessant thumb war tournaments. Additionally, aestheticians at Seva de-fuzz a variety of physical locales with warm wax such as legs and arms, as well as detox faces with anti-aging, express, and acne facials.
The seasoned staff at Carmen Nicole's Spa & Laser encourages relaxation with a host of beautifying spa services. Digit doctors dole out a multitude of specialized nail services, from classic mani-pedis to more advanced treatments, such as lavender manicures and chip-free treatments with OPI polishes. Carmen Nicole's Spa & Laser eschews the use of credo blades and provides sanitary conditions by using UV-sterilized equipment and promptly providing germs with very tiny eviction notices. The spa’s six different massage methods encourage one-hour getaways, and airbrush tanning covers skin with streak-free base tans. Aestheticians also administer a variety of facials and medical treatments, such as microdermabrasions and targeted facials that combine massages and masks.