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.
Unlike your social security number, you can change your hair color. That's the view at Nina's Salon & Day Spa, where a skilled staff specializes in both corrective color services and the application of fresh, vibrant hues. They provide on-trend cuts, too, and can adjust tresses' texture with perms, relaxers, or keratin straightening treatments. Working below the hairline, the beauty experts soothe clients with facials and massages, and treat fingers to manicures with regular or chip-resistant shellac polish.
ESPA's therapists and aestheticians put clients' minds at ease by using natural, eco-friendly skincare products as they provide treatments that promote mental and physical rejuvenation. This approach combines the indulgence of traditional day-spa treatments with the therapeutic benefits of holistic bodywork. Dead Sea salts, mineral-rich muds, green tea, oatmeal and honey, seaweed, coffee, stabilized Black Sea lye, and other naturally rich nutrient sources help accentuate the exfoliating, moisturizing, or skin tone-improving benefits of the spa's body treatments. During massages, the therapists can employ a number of specialized modalities as they alleviate tension and soothe aching muscles. Aromatherapy can promote an even greater sense of calm and relaxation, and Reiki treatments restore balance to the body's natural energies by replacing the AAA batteries that power every joint.
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.