The private rooms at Tan-Tastic Tanning yield many paths to acquiring richer pigmentation. Among the most popular of these are bronze-, silver-, and platinum-level tanning beds that imbue skin with varying degrees of UV light to ensure a smooth and even tone. Bronze beds illume bodies and faces with separate tanners, silver beds cradle client in an ergonomic acrylic base that includes a ventilation system and mp3 plug-in, and platinum beds boast high-pressure bulbs and shoulder tanners. Just off to the side of its more traditional siblings, a VersaSpa spray-tan booth burnishes skin with a UV-free mist until it achieves the rich, bronze hue of a deep-fried garden sculpture. At the salon’s front desk, lotions and elixirs from Swedish Beauty and Australian Gold mingle with blends from Devoted Creations, such as a skin-firming aromatherapy formula with anticellulite agents and white-birch extract.
Although the hairstyles crafted at Abracadabra Hair Salon & Boutique might seem like magical feats, they're actually a direct reflection of the styling team's refined skills. With scissors and an array of haircare products at their disposal, the stylists create voluminous layers, enliven locks with highlights, and arrange strands into updos for special occasions, such as weddings or graduations. The salon's team also dolls up digits with gentle nail services.
As a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, he Said... she Said Salon exclusively carries Paul Mitchell products and houses a staff extensively trained to offer top-notch services and recommendations. Most days, the stylists keep snipping, coloring, and chatting well past sunset to accommodate guests with hectic work schedules or vampires with split ends. Since relocating to a new space in late 2011, the salon regularly hosts brief guided tours that highlight unique features including the comfy zone-out room, outdoor lounging area, and sophisticated man parlor.
The weeping willows hanging over Christopher George's Salon herald the serenity of the idyllic space they shade. The airy space sprawls across 1,000 square feet of leather chairs, black-lacquered wood decor, and high-end haircare products from the likes of Paul Mitchell. Talented stylists with 22 years of experience bustle about the salon, shearing strands into face-framing shapes during designer haircuts and refashioning follicles into a northern-lights-like display of color with partial highlights. Complimentary chalices of wine occasionally accompany treatments, providing a tasty alternative to the barbicide cocktails served at most traditional salons.
A Visible Difference Beauty Concepts' skilled staff members pamper clients with a comprehensive slate of beautifying services. During the two-hour manicure and pedicure, an aesthetician trims overgrown nails and wrangles wily cuticles before showering finger- and toe-tips in polish and unlimited compliments. Alternatively, a thorough haircut ejects troublesome strands, making room for shampoo to swiftly cleanse freshly sliced coifs. A blow-dry unleashes the wind’s fury to vanquish water molecules, and a sleek style sculpts manes. Customers also receive an electrotherapy treatment, in which vibrating high-frequency electrical currents penetrate the scalp, working to stimulate circulation, promote relaxation, and jump-start hidden android circuitry.
In 2003, beauty expert Reema Khan noticed just how many patrons of her Chicago salon sought expert brow-shaping services. Reema decided to open up Shapes Brow Bar, and since its inception, it has now expanded into a franchise with more than 75 locations nationwide. In addition to brow services, clients can opt for makeup applications, facial treatments, and body waxing services.