The stylists at Salon Vis A Vis outfit clients with fresh ’dos as well as sweeping extensions—either natural looking or feathered—behind the walls of a mint-green, cottage-style façade. Resembling a cozy den, but without the weathered sea captain usually found inside, the salon is wrapped in yards of dark wood furnishings, and each styling chair faces a unique antique vanity.
Although Sleek Salon is decorated in black, white, and earth tones, it is indeed a colorful place. The salon's stylists specialize in color, from coating manes in bold hues of full color to adding subtle, sun-kissed highlights, and everything in between. They use products from brands such as Indie Hair, Scruples, and American Crew while cutting and styling men's and women's locks into everyday looks or updos for upcoming weddings, birthdays, or sumo-wrestling matches.
The staff at Erica Davis Salon & Spa expertly beautifies clients as hanging lamps glow and a portrait of Audrey Hepburn keeps watch from an eggplant-purple wall. Trained stylists execute a full range of salon services, including haircuts that commence at the black-basined wash station or foil highlights that start by unwrapping a bag of Hershey's kisses. Airbrushes tint skin with spray-on foundation or UV-free tanning mist, and temporary and semipermanent eyelash extensions endow lids with extra flutterability.
For more than a decade, the technicians at Spray of Sunshine have been safely darkening skin using FDA-approved airbrush-tanning techniques. During 30-minute airbrush-tanning sessions, techs spray micromists of DHA bronzer, which bonds to skin to produce the appearance of a natural, even tan without the labors of lounging on a beach chair strapped to a sun-bound rocket. Tans typically last up to 10 days, depending on upkeep and maintenance practices.
The efficient tanning team can also perform mobile services at the home or office. The technicians arrive with all necessary equipment, carefully coating bodies in bathrooms or garages to avoid giving tans to already-entitled housecats.
The airbrush artists, stylists, and nail and wax technicians at Ungaro's Le'Spa know that there's no point carrying out aesthetic services if you don't have the right products. To that end, they both use the spa's own line of signature solutions and call upon brands such as Aveda, Bioelements, Rusk, and OPI. Their UV-free tanning spray is applied via an airbrush delivery system, lending a sun-kissed look without risking exposure to harmful rays. On the other side of this full-service salon and spa, stylists add shine and luster to new 'dos with coloring, highlighting, smoothing treatments.
• For $40, you get a one-hour Swedish massage (an $85 value). • For $65, you get a four-layer face-lift facial (an $85 value) with a microdermabrasion treatment (a $50 value; a $135 total value). • For $69, you get a Steamy Wonder cellulite treatment (a $150 value).
Nine levels of UV beds populate the private tanning rooms of Unlimited Tan’s numerous Chicagoland locations and join forces with automated spray-tanning booths to forge a war against wintry pallor. Tanning equipment tiers build upon basic level lamps to include extras such as high-pressure bulbs, aromatherapy, and cooling mists designed to keep clients comfortable and make it easier to maintain their hue over time. For the UV averse, spray-tanning booths send automated jets of pigment misting over bodies in 60 seconds, with the full, streak-free results gradually developing across 24 hours, like a whirlwind romance between sloths. Each of the salons also stocks a full supply of lotions from brands such as Australian Gold, Designer Skin, and Swedish Beauty, which works to protect skin and enhance the life of any tan.