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.
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.
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.
At this combination salon and boutique, clients are lavished with one-on-one attention. That’s just one of the touches important to the business owner, who brings 30+ years of experience in the beauty industry to each appointment. Guests often come in for one of the salon’s specialties, which include chic haircuts, color services, and makeup applications. After admiring their new looks, they can check out all the wearable fiber art and accessories stocked on the establishment’s boutique side. With many items made by the salon owner from upcycled materials, the selection may prompt shoppers to leave sporting a new felted flower brooch or a flirty new handbag embellished with vintage baubles.