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.
A cadre of accomplished students mans hp: the college's three Chicago-area salons, where they learn the beauty trade while enhancing client appearances for less than at standard studios. Founded in 1979, the college instructs fledgling stylists in the latest trends and aesthetic remedies with products from Moroccanoil, Wella, and Dermalogica. At all three locations, sleek black styling chairs contrast with colorful bottles of hair products and OPI nail polish set amid the comfort of plush pedicure chairs. As students ply their skills on ravishing haircuts and clarifying facials, aesthetics pupils use carefully blended botanicals to add aroma, hydration, and palm-sized zen gardens to manicures and pedicures.
Owner Shaun McMillin named his salon after his own two daughters, but he makes every client feel like a member of the family at Taylor Nicole Hair Salon & Spa, where aestheticians bring a personal touch to hair or skin treatments. The staff includes stylist instructor who specializes in haircutting for short and sassy locks and barrel-curl styles for long hair. The rest of the troupe also performs sleek cuts with practiced technique and shrewd fashion sense, offering keratin and coloring treatments that reinvigorate strands that look damaged or stripped of their glossy hues. On the spa side, UV- and spray-tanning services help bronze pale or transparent skin, and mani-pedis further aid clients' pursuit of head-to-toe beauty. Dr. Randa Sawan is also on hand to correct skin issues with Botox injections, dermal fillers, and laser hair-removal treatments.
RZ Salon & Spa offers a variety of beautifying and soothing services in a facility complete with three shower-equipped treatment rooms. Patrons can lounge about in robes and partake of snacks and beverages as they enjoy relaxing body wraps or massages aided by hot stones or aromatherapy. Facial treatments work to cleanse faces or battle acne or dry skin, and hot wax removes unwanted body hair. Other services include manicures and pedicures, haircuts, and body art.
At Elite Salon and Spa, the first step to any service is a consultation. Taking into account the features, face shape, and lifestyle of each client, Elite's stylists create chic, versatile cuts that can be both casual and formal. Colorists stand ready to mix natural or dramatic shades, so their wearers can hide grays, draw the eye, or allow the patron to more easily blend with their favorite hat.
In addition to the salon services, massage and body treatments help to ease both muscular and emotional tension in softly lit rooms. Aromatherapy body wraps engage the senses while revitalizing the skin, Swedish massages evict knots from shoulders and backs with long strokes, and salt scrubs help patrons to reveal more youthful layers of skin.
A collaborative effort between co-owners Jan and Mike, Jan Michael’s Salon and Spa accommodates hair, nail, and skincare services behind its coral-hued walls. The 20-year-old salon employs the best and brightest in the beauty industry, including fully licensed massage therapists, colorists, nail technicians, and light bulbs. Spa services are performed in a separate, secluded area to minimize outside distractions and keep the massage oils from fraternizing with Moroccanoil hair serums.