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On weekends, Salon G's team of stylists and aestheticians often arrives well before the business technically opens. That’s because they’re there to prep bridal parties for their big race down the aisle. They sculpt nails on everybody, create updo's for bridesmaids, and design the bride's complete hairstyle, including the look and placement of the veil.

It's not just brides who benefit from the stylists' expertise, however. The hair designers spend most of their time creating manageable, everyday looks for clients. To accent these designer cuts, they often add highlights or, for men, condition and trim beards. They keep some heavy-duty treatments in their arsenal as well. Depending on the desired look, they might install natural hair extensions or apply keratin treatments to eliminate frizz and unwanted comparisons to Phil Spector.

275 Evergreen Dr
Vernon Hills,
IL
US

The staff at Spa Soma treats clients with a varied menu of aesthetic, weight-loss, and medical beauty services. They work to pair a gentle, warm environment with high-quality medical treatments, such as laser hair removal. They also offer seven different types of massage, dispelling the notion that beauty procedures backed by scientific research must be performed in a cold, sterile environment devoid of human life. These effective treatments include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, injectables, and dermal fillers, which reduce telltale signs of age, such as wrinkles or tattoos written in Sanskrit.

A full-service salon complements the center's aesthetic medical services. Here, staff members perform customized haircuts and clip nails during express and spa mani-pedis.

303 N Rand Rd
Lake Zurich,
IL
US

Guests at Lavish Salon-Spa are treated with more than just a friendly hello when they arrive. After walking through the doors, clients can enjoy a healthy snack and cup of coffee or tea from the refreshment bar, while a friendly staff member dispels tension with a relaxing hand, neck, or foot massage. And the massage is only the beginning. From there, a hair designer, esthetician, or nail tech takes the reins and treats guests to a stylish look fortified by Goldwell products, a Dermalogica facial and a swift waxing treatment, or a mani-pedi topped off with vibrant China Glaze polish. Monthly parties and weekly Happy Hours tempt guests to return even before their next appointment for desserts, drinks, and complimentary spa treatments.

721 Ridgeview Drive
McHenry,
Illinois
US

Operating out of Glamour Salon and Spa, stylist Stephanie Hall beautifies clients with haircuts, styling, and salon services. Her keratin treatments imbue hair with shine and smoothness.

60 W Dundee Rd
Buffalo Grove,
IL
US

At intimate salon, boutique, and spa Mia Sorella, which means "my sister" in Italian, owners and twin sisters Mary Sirois and Molly Kiefer strive to make customers feel beautiful, whether it be through a haircut and fresh highlights, a new wardrobe, a massage, or full bridal hair and makeup. The boutique staff works to keep customers well dressed with a selection of stylish jackets, dresses, and culottes by designers such as Darling, Tulle, and Level 99. The spa staff pampers complexions and nails, and a licensed massage therapist brings chiropractic know-how, spa experience, and a Swedish dictionary to each relaxing kneading.

104 S Cook St
Barrington,
IL
US

The staff at Spa Vargas Wellness pampers bodies and minds with luxurious spa services that deploy the spa's own line of naturally sourced products. Moving to their new location, the team at the Pheasant Run Resort outfits clients with cozy robes and slippers before inviting them to relax in an aromatherapy waiting room, which is more fragrant than a dessert buffet at Strawberry Shortcake's house. Nimble hands can exfoliate skin with a sea-salt or mud scrub, and the spacious Moroccan-style Vichy shower rejuvenates skin during hydrotherapy treatments. The calm-inducing crew passes on kneading know-how to up-and-coming massage therapists and play-doh sculptors at Spa Vargas University.

1000 Garlands Ln
Barrington,
IL
US