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.
For more than 30 years, Phaze One Day Spa has welcomed clients into its space for everything from haircuts to full-body massages. Guests can peruse a collection of scarves and jewelry as they wait for their appointment with the hairstylist, or they can take a gander at the selection of OPI nail polishes for their upcoming manicure, pedicure, or polish-wrestling event. Beyond the main floor, soft lighting blankets the spa’s private treatment rooms, creating a relaxing oasis for a wax, Swedish massage, or custom facial fortified by Murad skincare products.
The Lather Lounge is a Paul Mitchell–focus salon that creates an atmosphere which allows clients to look and feel their best with a menu of indulgent hair services. Before opening her own salon, Lynn Griglin spent 2.5 years honing mane-management skills at Vidal Sassoon in Chicago, before working as an educator for Paul Mitchell, where she trained fellow stylists in the art of hair chromatics. Her equally dedicated staffers conjure pleasant visits by providing two complimentary services of the client's choice, such as a steam facial or neck massage, with each haircut, waxing, or skin treatment. In addition to snipping signature 'dos and shaping eyebrows into elegant arches or intimidating lightening bolts, The Lather Lounge contributes to several charitable causes, including cancer research and an organization that uses hair clippings to clean up oil spills.
Taking its name from a Sanskrit word signifying relaxation and rejuvenation, Navii Salon strives to create an oasis for clients in a welcoming and environmentally conscious space. Education is a priority for the staff members, who have honed their skills at advanced technical-training programs and continue to attend workshops and hair shows on a regular basis. The stylists create trendy, lustrous looks with an ample selection of top-shelf products, inundating the hair and scalp with herb-tinged and vitamin-rich salves. Small touches?such as aromatherapy oils and heated basalt stones?help elevate the salon's bodywork therapies, nail treatments, and custom facials to newly indulgent heights.
Cosmetologist Zabrina McCully leads a team of technicians in pampering clients with stylish haircuts, nail services, and soothing massages. Stylists trim and blow-dry locks into desired 'dos amid the main salon area's ecru- and sienna-toned walls. Inside private treatment rooms, techs soothe complaining muscles with Swedish massages, or shoo away oil and debris with facials. The staff also discreetly whisks away unwanted fuzz with an array of waxing services. To round out services, nail technicians smooth dull skin and adorn digits with layers of polish.
Salon technicians within The Set Free Salon & Spa bolster beauty amid glass shelves brimming with colorful crowds of OPI polishes and Ardell eyelash extensions. The private treatment areas cosset clients beneath gentle lighting during Dermalogica facials, which brighten and smooth skin and draw jealous glances from previously aloof velour suits. Specialized services for men draw gents to shed dull skin cells and cleanse pores.