Before Teresa Zeigler even grabs hold of a pair of scissors or mixes up a bowl of hair dye, she first takes the time to evaluate her clients' hair to determine the most beneficial styles and colors. She works from inside Essence VIP, an ethnic salon that specializes in black haircare. She also straightens manes with a variety of products, including Global Keratin Juvexin, and slathers scalp-wellness formulas onto heads to help alleviate the symptoms of alopecia, dandruff, and eczema.
Signature Service: Hair color and cuts
Brands Used: Schwarzkopf, Aquage, Pureology
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Pro Tip: Friendly atmosphere
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.
Spherical lights hang from the salon's ceiling like glowing snow globes, casting honey light on cherry-red walls and a copper floor speckled with stars. Amid these jazzy accents, skilled stylists manipulate strands with sleek scissor cuts and bold color highlights. Guests can also request a specialty wax, ideal for removing hair from eyebrows, upper lips, and beloved bald caps.
From the sunlight filtering through the window to the highlights radiating from newly styled dos, the interior of Karma Salon & Spa is filled with the brightness that only beauty brings. There, a team of stylists trained in systems by Redken and Pureology beautify hair with ammonia-free color and the Coppola Keratin System. Staffers also rejuvenate skin with Dermalogica facials, resurface faces with exfoliating Jessner peels, and ease muscles with a relaxing hot stone massage.