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.
Friendly experts at Cheveux Salon & Day Spa execute an extensive menu of on-trend beauty treatments, massages, body wraps, and facials infused with luxe products from Keratin Complex, Pureology, and MoroccanOil. Clipsters design customized cuts and smooth them with long-lasting thermal straightening, and a special ops team tackles curls with Ouidad services engineered to control the unpredictable curves and baffling quadrangles of wavy locks. Infused with essential oils, fruit extracts, or sea salt, body treatments aim to polish, balance, and detox epidermises all over. Massages delve deeper, as therapists ease muscles and oust tension with a blend of relaxing Swedish strokes, intense deep-tissue massage, and invigorating buckets of chilled champagne.
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.
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 aestheticians at Skin Solutions pay close attention to detail. So much is apparent in their menu of advanced skincare services, which includes meticulously customized facials and chemical peels. But skincare isn't the spa's only focus. The Wax Bar specializes in speedy hair removal, which its technicians accomplish with 17 different types of wax. Other treatments include sunless body bronzing and applications of 3D lashes, which last up to two months before falling out naturally or flattening into 2D lashes.
At Forever Young Cosmetic Spa, licensed cosmetic professional Gina Gheldof sweeps away worries about running mascara and hastily applied lipstick by enhancing features with permanent cosmetics. Gheldof blends the precise color a client desires before outlining eyes with dark tints, shading brows to soft browns, or filling in lips with the color of a flamingo's heart. In addition to applying indelible makeup to faces, Gheldof can repigment scars so they blend in with nearby skin. She also supplying temporary cosmetic services, applying faux mink eyelashes until eye fringe is thick and long enough for wearers to finally sport eyelid pigtails.