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 prot?g?s 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.
Skincare regimens evolve throughout a lifetime. They begin in adolescence, with the appearance of a first pimple, and carry into middle age with the appearance of a first wrinkle.
That's why Nu Skin Scene's skincare services span the entire spectrum of concerns. Its beautifiers customize their facials to target whatever nagging issue assails each client's skin. That might mean a mask or chemical peel tailored to fight acne or wrinkles, or one that simply evens out rough texture or blotchy tones. And they don't just tend to the face; staff members also wax hair from the body and perform treatments designed to leave skin soft from head to toe?just like sleeping in one huge lotion-filled glove.
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.
After graduating from the University of Aesthetics, Lisa founded her spa with the goal of tailoring each treatment to each client's needs. Lisa specializes in facials, but guests can also treat themselves to medical aesthetics, waxing treatments, and personalized service.
Advanced facials use steam, custom masks, and deep cleansings to thwart acne and tone complexions, while others take a more clinical approach with face-lifting enzymes and peels. Men's mugs are treated to A Quickie and the Skin Tune Up, which trues the wheels inside pores. The corrective back facial combines a massage with a pore-clearing bout of steam-assisted extractions.
Staffers use both hard and soft wax to depilate brows, legs, and unremovable toupees. The team is serious about hygiene: their 10 Commandments of Waxing include never double dip, never recycle wax, and always wear gloves. Packages, such as the three-hour, champagne-inclusive couples retreat, combine massages and facials with extra mood-bolstering scents and treatments.
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.