At Nice Nails II, the ceiling resembles a blue sky with fluffy clouds. Beneath this mural, manicurists top freshly groomed nails with traditional and no-chip polishes from OPI, Regal, Essie, and Nicole. They also lengthen natural nails with acrylic tips, and then decorate them with free-hand airbrush designs of flowers, animal prints, and thimbles. As a complement to nail services, beauty professionals wax hair and apply individual eyelash extensions.
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.
Master hairstylist and makeup artist Heather Broder and her staff take the time to conduct a consultation at the beginning of every appointment, ensuring that each client's hair dreams are realized. Broder uses her skills to craft haircuts that range from classic to cutting-edge and can include the addition of eye-catching color or strategically placed tinsel. To complete new looks, clients can opt for a brow wax and makeup application.
Angie's Hair Studio of Chicago anchors one of the rare modern buildings on a neighborly stretch of Irving Park Road lined with mid-20th-century two-flats. Its location suits its mission: offering up-to-date but accessible cuts and color in a welcoming environment. A small team of stylists get coiffures just right for a date or the inside of a hat they really want to impress. To make the rest of the head look just as perfect, clients can also schedule waxing and facials.
Massage therapy is more than Luisa Berardi Caraballo's job—it's her calling. As the winner of the Distinguished Service Award from AMTA Illinois Chapter in 2012, the owner of Melrose Muscle Therapy is dedicated to helping others through the art and science of massage. She tailors treatments, such as Swedish massages, sports massages, and myofascial release sessions, to her clients' individual needs. Luisa teaches classes on couples' massage and infant massage for babies particularly stressed during tax season. She also frequently shares her massage musings on her blog, A Muscle Therapist's Thoughts.
Inside a blue-walled salon, expert stylists revamp clients’ looks as regulars swap gossip from their padded leather chairs. Staffers at the community-minded salon fill their Facebook page with gorgeous before-and-after shots, insider makeup tips, and treasure maps that reveal the location of one’s own eyelashes. Makeover artists transform locks with shimmering color, and they keep on top of the latest hair trends by studying celebrity clips and mastering smoothing keratin treatments. A zeal for quality is apparent in the deluxe products that line the salon’s high shelves, including Shellac nail polish and Tigi makeup.