Elite Laser Hair Removal’s friendly skin savants can help evict undesirable body hair through a series of six FDA-approved laser hair removal sessions. During each treatment, clients relax while a specialist hovers a GentleYAG laser above the patch of pesky fuzz, blasting each strand down to the root like the Death Star removing old stumps from Darth Vader’s backyard. The laser can deforest bikini lines, preparing bodies to bask on the beach; smooth away underarm hair to cut down on shaving time; or clear out neck fur to better showcase a necklace fashioned from corn husks. Results may differ depending on hair color and coarseness.
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.
The stylists and aestheticians at Extasy Hair Studio & Spa pamper bodies from head to toe using natural beauty products. They rely on the therapeutic properties of essential oils and Éminence Organic Skin Care serums, as well as the acne-fighting benefits of fruit pulps and spices. Aveda remedies restore moisture to parched hair, and paraffin treatments hydrate dry feet better than socks soaked in Gatorade.
The full menu of services also includes haircuts, color, makeup applications, and massages. A children's room provides a place for kids to play and swap stock tips while parents get beautified.
La Coutoure's extensively trained stylists truss tresses into stylish new looks. All colorings, cuts, treatments, and salon services begin with a customized Redken consultation, ensuring follicles understand their role in the minidrama playing out on glossy heads and projected on the sides of several buildings. The savvy snappers snip manes into shape and style them ($25+), or wake up sleepy strands with the PowerDose treatment, which is five minutes of intense hair reconditioning ($20). Pump up hair hue with a single process, all-over color session ($47–$65), streak in sunshine with partial highlights ($45–$65), or remove follicles residing in a non-scalp zip code with an eyebrow and lip wax ($20). The cheerful stylists educate clients on how to achieve salon hair at home, and the busy, modern salon buzzes with the hum of hairdryers and industrious, mousse-producing bees.
Within a clean and modern salon, proprietor Lisa Vogrich and her team of beautification beacons pamper physiques from head to toe with a multitude of services. Savvy strand specialists trim tarnished head helmets into updated shapes during haircuts, offered for women ($40+), men ($22+), children ($15+), and wax statues of children. Highlights ($65+ for partial, $75+ for full) add sunny luster to winter-weary locks, and full color ($60+) treatments are ideal for reformed clowns hoping to be taken seriously in a corporate career. Clients can obtain artfully arched brows ($15) or repel water on arms ($40) and legs ($60) with expert waxing services, or treat five-pronged pals to a manicure ($18), wherein a nail technician relaxes clappers with a massage before soaking, shaping, and painting.