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 protégés 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.
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.
Staff members at Purpose by Design Salon & Day Spa go the extra mile to promote whole-body relaxation and wellbeing. Nail technicians pay special attention to cuticle health, for example, so that clients’ digits remain in good shape well after each traditional, shellac, and French-tip mani-pedi is performed. Massage therapists, meanwhile, incorporate various aromatherapy scents, such as eucalyptus and tea tree to boost the immune system, and lavender and rose to relieve headaches. Out on the salon floor, stylists administer a wide range of hair services, offering everything from weaves to beard trims for men.
Hanging from Sanctuary 7’s walls are words such as “dream,” “love,” and “laugh.” These words exemplify the spirit of the upbeat staffers, who love to impart inspiration and happiness through transformative beauty treatments. In semiprivate rooms awash in natural light, stylists sculpt hair into new ’dos and nail techs turn nails into colorful vehicles for self-expression. In another room, a massage therapist works away sinewy knots with long, slow strokes as a stone fountain trickles, burning candles emit fragrant aromas, and sparrows play miniature violins.
Salon 22 is dedicated to taming scalp fur in a soothing, contemporary environment. Upon entering the salon, visitors can relax on plush, velvet-cushioned couches in the waiting area, enveloped by Salon 22's earthy, muted tones. Vibrant paintings anoint the walls surrounding styling stations, at which visitors are paired with one of Salon 22's hair architects to discuss new 'dos and swap crock-pot recipes.
Nail technicians at The Sole Fetish Nail Parlour buff fingers and toes until they are smooth, soft, and glistening at the ends. During the Basic Sole 6 manicure, technicians soak hands in a signature bath blend, then file each nail into the shape of a square, oval, or unicorn. Technicians groom cuticles, buff dry skin, and deliver a relaxing massage before a coat of polish seals in handiwork. The express pedicure includes a softening and signature foot soak in addition to basic nail shaping and cuticle sculpting. After buffing removes dull skin and calluses and reveals fresh, softer skin unseen since you were 4, toenails bathe in a shiny layer of polish. Clients may choose to upgrade the manicure or pedicure to a citrus-infused session that includes a paraffin dip or a Minty Winter Ice spa pedicure with a spearmint and eucalyptus soak, exfoliation, warming foot mask, and foot and leg massage.
The technicians at NeoSole Nail Lounge draw upon their constantly updated training to administer specialty manicures and pedicures that include hot-stone treatments, Minx, and acrylics. Technicians maintain nails' health without abrading skin and refraining from cutting live cuticles away. In the namesake manicure, hands spend half an hour being massaged with the studio's own brown sugar and honey scrub. Nail-tenders apply a long-lasting, brightly hued concoction to fingertips in the Shellac manicure, which takes 30 minutes to produce a glossy finish that can last for up for to two weeks or 70 board-breaking karate chops.