On a trip to Chicago from his native Italy, young Mario Tricoci changed his life forever. The fledgling hairdresser stopped in at a prestigious salon, where he impressed the owner with his impeccable display of skill and landed himself a job. The next six decades brought strings of industry awards and the opening of his very own salon, which soon exploded into 26 locations in four states. With his styling prowess proven both to the industry and to the clients he encountered each day, the coiffeur decided to share his gift with others. In 2004, he established Tricoci University to foster a new generation of cosmetologists and spa technicians trained to thrive in the luxury-spa industry.
Throughout the Midwest, Tricoci protégés study a rigorous curriculum in high-end salon and spa surroundings to learn how to create beautiful hairdos, choose skin-flattering cosmetics, and beautify nails and skin. A team of experienced industry professionals readies pupils for the beauty world with in-depth classes, and outside education arrives via video demonstrations and guest-artist lectures on Vidal Sassoon's Wedge-Bob Postulate. More advanced students get a preview of their career to come by beautifying real people during instructor-supervised treatments, which lend the stylist essential experience as the client enjoys a pampering session at a discounted rate.
Lucid Salon's aestheticians blend the traditional with the modern, updating time-tested beauty treatments with current industry trends. Beyond cuts and color, stylists can also renovate manes with custom hair extensions or GKhair keratin defrizzing treatments. Nail technicians call upon classic hot-oil and paraffin therapies for manicures and pedicures and shield digits with the advanced technology of no-chip polish. The team also travels to prep brides, bridal parties, and frazzled cake toppers with on-location hair and makeup services.
The blend of old and new is echoed in the salon decor, as chandeliers plunge from ceilings interlaced with exposed piping. Clients breeze past a pair of tasseled curtains to the shampoo chairs, whose black leather planes cradle bodies better than a hug from a coat rack.
The styles that emerge from Blu Moon Salon are the result of two things: a talented staff and carefully selected products. To achieve the desired looks, stylists pull from brands such as men's line American Crew, Moroccan Oil, and Bangstyle, an artisan line of shampoos, conditioners, and other haircare products. The staff snips and colors hair in an open salon space distinguished by hardwood floors and walls covered in art.
The doctors of chiropractic at Chiro One Wellness Centers put patients at the core of their efforts. Though the centers are spread the country, with locations in Illinois, Kentucky and Texas, the company's mission remains to help patients and their surrounding communities reach their maximum potential through a combination of customized chiropractic treatment plans and education. This approach doesn't just assuage painful symptoms—it's also designed to uncover the root causes of ailments such as whiplash, insomnia, headaches, carpal-tunnel syndrome, and more.
In their efforts to improve communication in the central nervous system by addressing nerve interference, chiropractors provide spinal adjustments and supplemental treatments such as cervical traction, therapeutic exercise and balance-strengthening wobble boards. Their practice extends far beyond the wellness centers, however: community-outreach efforts take them to health fairs, offsite spinal screenings, and complimentary workshops on a range of wellness topics. They also devote themselves to nonprofit work with several organizations, including The Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. At the Chiros Care Free Wellness Center, they examine and treat Chicago's homeless and HIV-positive population, fueled by their belief that everyone should have access to expert preventive care.
New Health Centers consists of more than 300 health-care practitioners across the country, each working to alleviate corporeal discomfort with natural techniques. Doctors work in conjunction with experienced practitioners to soothe aches, pains, and lawn-gnome infestations.
Though the intimate Claudio James Studio Salon only has two workstations, it overflows with passion and excitement from its duo of resident hair specialists. Owner and hairstylist Claudio James Carrera is in charge of the cutting and conditioning services, from trimming the tresses of children and adults to smoothing and hydrating strands with Brazilian Blowout Zero treatments and deep conditioners infused with fruit acids and essential oils. At the other chair stands colorist Angie Meza—a 5+ year veteran of the coloring and makeup industry—who foils highlights and sheathes locks in all-over color from Goldwell products and a bottle of liquidated Skittles. The pair also exclusively uses concoctions from Aveda, American Crew, and Moroccanoil in their bright blue-colored shop, and offers a 7 Day Guarantee, which allows each client to have their hair fixed free of charge if they are unsatisfied with the original outcome.