Sleek hardwood floors and a spacious interior greet clients at Westmont's Hair Garden Salon, where stylists clip, color, style, and deep-condition head threads with precision. Calibrating 'dos according to current trends as well as each client's lifestyle, mane masters meticulously shape locks for everyday looks or special events. In addition to coiffure care, professional staff rolls out nail services in the form of french manicures and paraffin-wax treatment with manicures and beautify countenances with makeup applications for a night out on the town or stuffed-animal nuptials.
Before hitting the salon floor, Elite Beauty's pupils undergo rigorous training in the techniques and artistry of cosmetology and nail technology. The academy's stylists—many of whom are bilingual—administer their newfound knowledge in a salon surrounded by sunshine-yellow walls, pulling from an expansive service menu to primp tresses, skin, and nails. Teaching staff also prepare current pros to become cosmetology instructors themselves, the beauty-industry equivalent of a university with a PhD program or the culinary school that appoints the next Chef Boyardee.
The experienced stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists at Eurolux Salon & Day Spa aim to create a luxurious European spa experience. Inside a tranquil facility, guests can unwind with a glass of wine as nail technicians paint their nails, follow up a Swedish massage with a trip to the infrared sauna, or have their hair color boosted with high-quality European products. Extended evening and weekend hours help clients fit pampering into their busy schedules.
Home is where the heart is, which is why Terri Tabor’s hometown of Riverside was the ideal setting for Salon D'Amore. But staying close to home doesn’t keep this salon owner in the dark when it comes to cutting-edge trends. Rather, she arms her staff with Pureology, La-Brasiliana, and Perfection SmoothOut products to update coifs and tame frizz. When it comes to highlights, they use the paint-by-hand balayage technique to give locks a sun-kissed or idyllic-seascape appearance. The full-service salon and spa also soothes muscles with heated stones, and gives nails long-lasting shine with no-chip mani-pedis.
Located inside A Suite Salon in Oakbrook Terrace, SpaBlu Facial & Waxing is a beauty spa dedicated solely to skin services. Licensed aesthetician and owner Maryanne Efe, whose career has taken her as far away as Istanbul and to high-profile areas such as Chicago's Michigan Avenue, gently removes unwanted hair from the body and tightens pores in her private spa with facials that use Yon-Ka products.
After graduating from the University of Aesthetics, Lisa founded her spa with the goal of tailoring each treatment to each client's needs. Lisa specializes in facials, but guests can also treat themselves to medical aesthetics, waxing treatments, and personalized service.
Advanced facials use steam, custom masks, and deep cleansings to thwart acne and tone complexions, while others take a more clinical approach with face-lifting enzymes and peels. Men's mugs are treated to A Quickie and the Skin Tune Up, which trues the wheels inside pores. The corrective back facial combines a massage with a pore-clearing bout of steam-assisted extractions.
Staffers use both hard and soft wax to depilate brows, legs, and unremovable toupees. The team is serious about hygiene: their 10 Commandments of Waxing include never double dip, never recycle wax, and always wear gloves. Packages, such as the three-hour, champagne-inclusive couples retreat, combine massages and facials with extra mood-bolstering scents and treatments.