Kathie Lauer, hair-coloring specialist and owner of Before & After Salon and Spa, oversees a staff of stylists, barbers, and master nail technicians. This talented team favors Moroccanoil products, which they use during haircuts, coloring, and styling, along with Matrix coloring products. They also offer chemical treatments such as keratin smoothing. Skincare specialists tend to the body with waxing and brow shaping, and the nail tech dotes upon nails with manicures and pedicures.
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.
Black-and-white checkered floors and barber chairs line the interior of Barber's Gallery, a multicultural salon "where you are the art." The spinning chairs allow the licensed cosmetologists to perfect adults' and children's hairstyles from every angle. They trim hair into traditional or modern styles and keep men's faces smooth and soft with close straight-razor shaves augmented by hot towels.
The sounds of friendly chatter and laughter occur often at Studio DG, mostly due to their spa parties: friends gossip over mani-pedis, makeup applications, and blow-dry styles at Girls’ Night Out, and brides-to-be enjoy long-lasting beauty with no-chip manicures and eyelash extensions. Even young girls get in on the action with Lady Bug Club, which includes kid-friendly makeup and glittery updos. In addition to hosting these spa parties, stylists transform patrons with a trendy cut or color treatment.
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.