At Northshore Nails and Day Spa, staff members mix together delicious-sounding extracts of pineapple, papaya, and calendula, but not for an exotic dinner appetizer. Instead, they use the ingredients for the spa?s anti-acne facial, a combination of natural extracts that soothe irritated skin, reduce redness, and slow oil production. The one-hour treatment is just one of the spa's purifying skincare services, which range from regenerating body scrubs to moisturizing facials and chemical peels. Along with skincare, the staff members beautify clients with threading and waxing hair removal, nailcare, massages, and spray tans. Clients receive their services amid a relaxing, earth-toned atmosphere decorated with plants, nature-themed wall murals, and talking mirrors that boost confidence through excessive compliments.
Flower murals and rose-colored walls draw guests into The Pink Nail & Spa like honeybees into a garden; cushy leather seats await them, as inviting as lush flowers. Guests plop comfortably into the chairs during manicures, pedicures, and waxing services. Creative Spa manicures and pedicures condition skin with elixirs infused with citrus oils, antioxidants, and vitamin E. Nail technicians also pamper the hands and feet with relaxing soaks and moisturizing treatments. During regular spa mani-pedis, the techs knead palms and soles and slough off expired skin with gentle exfoliation tools. Clients can also opt to pamper their whole bodies with more than a half-dozen types of massage therapy, including Swedish and deep-tissue treatments that melt pain, tension, and subcutaneous cheddar wheels.
With its red half-moon sofas and retro-industrial decor, a.Go.Go the Salon's interior stands as a hip counterpart to the modern styles that emerge from its salon chairs. Led by owner, founder, and top stylist Mary Mirakian, the salon team cuts and styles hair or imbues it with vibrant colors. The stylists' steadfast hands can weave sugar-free banana curls or employ professional products from the likes of Color Proof and Keratin Complex to leave locks silky smooth. Staff members also boast expertise in aesthetics, including waxing, nailcare, and makeup application.
The manicurists at Lu's Nails Boutique embellish finger-sheaths with a palette of professional OPI and Essie nail polish. Crimson pedicure chairs support reclining patrons, whose eyes wander between lemon-meringue walls, leafy potted plants, and mini statues of Buddha offering knowing winks.
With its starkly elegant black-and-white design scheme, On Stage Salon exudes a modern vibe that belies its 40 years in business. Ornate chandeliers illuminate the cushy, ebony salon chairs, from which stylists transform the manes of women, men, and children. A time-honed slate of services draw from cutting-edge products such as Moroccanoil, Paul Mitchell, and Wella color. The mirrors at each styling station—along with the delicately painted curlicues above them—reflect clients' newly minted perms, waves, and Slinky extensions.
Recognized by Chicago magazine for their excellence in both short haircuts and color, Pascal Pour Elle's style masters redo 'dos and refresh visages with a parade of salon and spa services. Those who are tired of picking boa constrictors out of their overgrown follicular jungles can get their locks trimmed into fabulous new fashion. Next, the noninvasive microdermabrasion facial pits gentle exfoliation against weary old skin cells in an unfair fight fixed by dermal gamblers. The vulnerable cells are then hauled away in a suction process that also promotes the growth of healthy newborn replacements, leaving skin with a smoother texture and more even tone.