A one-size-fits-all promise is generally too good to be true. So at Le Spa, seasoned aestheticians, therapists, and stylists adjust their services for each client, whether it be through varying blends of organic beauty serums from Hungary or a mix of reflexology and trigger-point therapy during massages. The spa also groups complementary services in French-inflected spa packages, some of which include a light lunch and a wink from a pygmy goat.
Surrounded by exposed brick and clean gray tiles, stylists and estheticians work to pamper guests in the open floor plan of Crimson Renee Salon & Nails. Shampoos, haircuts, and styles work together to create new eye-catching dos, aided by partial or full highlights. Meanwhile, manicures and pedicures tend to nails, as massages soothe muscles.
Although Styling Sun-Sations encompasses both a hair salon and a tanning salon, its soft blue and purple walls needn’t strain to accommodate the multitude of services. That’s because the salon recently moved into a spacious, new location after nine years of delivering exceptional haircuts, mani-pedis, and bikini waxes. State-licensed therapists dispense Swedish or therapeutic massages, and on the tanning side, two standup booths and three beds employ UV rays that bronze skin or dispose of botched ice sculptures. An It Works! distributor, the salon also offers body-contouring wraps that tighten skin and minimize the appearance of cellulite using a botanical formula.
At locally owned and operated Tanlines, a spray tan is more than just a spray tan. Applied by certified spray technicians, Tanlines' fast-drying Norvell solution not only bronzes any skin type, but also coats epidermises with a restorative formula that reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Tanlines also offers traditional UV-bed tans. Besides helping patrons achieve a natural, sun-kissed look, Tanlines' Smart Tan–certified staff keep each facility, including their newly opened location in Franklin Park, stocked with skin-enriching products by Australian Gold, Designer Skin, and Swedish Beauty.
While obtaining her communication degree, Ashley J. Hirzel knew she wanted to focus her career on helping people. Now a licensed massage therapist and the owner of H&M Open Arms Massage Studio, she leads the charge to physical and emotional wellness with a team of therapists certified in modalities such as pregnancy, deep-tissue, and LaStone massages. Within treatment rooms adorned with Monet-inspired artwork and trompe l’oeil paintings of ornate trees with lanterns, they help clients overcome pain, injury, and stress. Add-ons such as cold-stone therapy, aromatherapy, and foot massages deepen each treatment with their own brand of pampering. The spa’s wraps and scrubs call upon ingredients such as pomegranate and cranberry extracts and European roses to render the skin as smooth as Dean Martin’s voicemail message.
The laid-back, tranquil ambiance at Essentials Day Spa complements the relaxing massages that take place therein. Guests hear calming sounds and breathe in fragrant, soothing aromas as they arrive for a private couples massage or a Night Cap massage, which targets the scalp, neck, and feet to promote better sleep. For relief from pregnancy pains, women bearing a prescription signed by a doctor or board-certified stork can schedule a prenatal or postnatal massage performed by a licensed massage therapist who is also a Doulas of North America–trained birth doula.
Away from the massage table, the Essentials Day Spa crew also performs facials, mani-pedis, and onsite or on-location spa parties and travels to offices to deliver stress-reducing corporate-wellness massages.