The success of The Daymaker Salon relies on two distinct principles: design savvy and a commitment to personal attention. The first component walks into the salon every day inside the head of stylist Edmond Selfollari, who spent years training under industry heavyweights Elizabeth Arden and Mario Tricoci. His stylists bolster his keen aesthetic eye with their own, which they continuously hone with ongoing training and education, a dedication to perfection that earned them the honor of acting as stylists for makeover features on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Jenny Jones Show. In service of the second component—commitment to personal attention—every haircare service begins with a complimentary consultation. Stylists chat with clients and listen to their fashion goals and wishes. By the time the scissors come out, stylists know what their clients want and how to use their vast cosmetic knowledge in service of those expectations. The stylists can help their clients to change up their hairstyle or find solutions to color problems such as natural hair tones that wash out the complexion or match a rival debate team's jersey colors.
Anastasia Makeup Chicago is a go-to resource for cosmetics, given that it not only provides applications of traditional, and permanent makeup, but also lessons on applying makeup yourself. The staff takes its time with clients, spending one to two hours on lessons and up to a full day for applications. By creating cat-eyes, shaping eyebrows, and applying eyelash extensions, staffers ready faces for magazine covers, fashion shows, weddings, and, if all those go well, postage stamps.
Whether stylist Tharie crafts a cutting-edge look or a classic one, she uses her clients’ features and personality as signposts to devise the hairdo that best complements their personal style. From her station inside Anastasia Beauty Bar, she brings these fashionable looks to life with daubs of color, whether all over the hair, in dimension-boosting highlights, or only underneath so as not to offend family members filmed in black and white. She also smoothes out frizz-prone strands for up to five months with Keratin Complex treatments.
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.
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.
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.
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 Kevin Murphy and Keratin Complex to leave locks silky smooth. Staff members also boast expertise in aesthetics, including waxing, nailcare, and makeup application.