As a child, Michael Perich watched in awe as the women in his life enhanced their features and self-esteem by applying makeup. His wonder turned into passion when he became an expert in color theory and cosmetic techniques. As his talent grew, so did his portfolio, media recognition, and the pressure to sell, sell, sell. He found himself disillusioned. So in 2004, he opened Camp Cosmetics to return to his true passion—educating women and helping them feel beautiful and confident. Today, his Chicagoland store provides cruelty-free products made with botanical extracts and high pigment levels that keep reapplication to a minimum.
Min Lin Salon's stylists have coifed the likes of such celebrities as Michael Douglas and Tommy Lee and use their advanced style savvy to spoil everyday locks in the latest trends. In a mere 20 minutes, the salon's hair mavens add flare to three sections of hair with feathers culled from brand names such as Fine Feathers and Great Lengths, fusing each winged wisp to strands with the help of micro-links beads, keratin-protein bonds, or gentle cooing from an on-call mother hen. Capable of withstanding hot styling tools heated up to 450 degrees, the avian-inspired tufts can be styled much like normal hair and are easily straightened, curled, washed, and blow-dried alongside the natural head tassels. The runway-ready plumes can last up to four months, and personages can pay a visit to Min Lin Salon for quick removal just in time for fall's feathered mustache trend.
The MVP haircut is reserved for guys who want the brawn of a chiseled cut with the extreme adrenaline rush of a pleasant pampering. Following careful instructions or expert intuition, stylists can clean up the edges without sacrificing any degree of edginess. A thorough shampoo and scalp massage ensures an itch-free walk off, while a neck and shoulder massage with steamed towel leaves cleaned-up batters with the zonal focus to connect on any upcoming office pitch.
Armed with pharmaceutical-grade botanical skin care lines free of parabens, sulfates, and Dr. Doom's Hot Sauce, the talented team behind Aesthetics by Juliette rejuvenate the skin of each client. Before performing facials, an aesthetician does a consultation and in-depth analysis, identifying potential issues and building a treatment that will best suit the skin. Teen acne facials help clear up red spots and the anxiety they can bring, while the lymphatic/sinus and allergy facial can help bolster the immune system. The Organic Foot Parlor, a division of the spa, pampers feet with one of several tea and herb baths, poured into a wooden tub filled with stones, while hands undergo a revitalizing thai and reflexology massage. All clients who book with Aesthetics by Juliette can experience what it's like to live in at least one room of a glass house—the custom-made, glass enclosed Himalayan Crystal Salt Room is available to all patrons.
Though lice commonly ail the heads of children, most parents don’t know exactly what to do or where to go when the problem arises. Parents Sandi Cranny and Suzanne Comella experienced this confusion firsthand when they went through their own lice infestations, quickly realizing the need for a specialty salon dedicated to the treatment of lice. They studied up and opened Shiny Strands, which is certified by the Shepherd Institute of Lice Solutions and uses only nontoxic products. The technicians use a highly effective procedure known as the strand-by-strand method to rid heads of lice, and they issue back-to-school release forms once kids are safe to return to class. While kids undergo treatment, they can keep themselves distracted with a handheld DVD player or a bag of popcorn, and parents can pour themselves cups of coffee and flip through magazines.
Though salons are often thought of as a hangout for women, Vanity's is a family establishment, where women, men, and children can come to have their hair tended by a team of professional stylists. There's haircuts for everyone, of course, as well as single-process color, highlights, and color correction for adults and faded teddy bears. Those looking to transform the texture of their hair can schedule a Japanese straightening treatment, which reduces frizz semipermanently. To complement their newly created hairstyles, technicians also perform manicures, pedicures, and waxing.