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.
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.