Ulta pampers hair with a suite of top-quality treatments, leaving coiffures sculpted and purring with delight. Hair bearers report to a stylist for a consultation, which determines how to go about the cut in regard to lifestyle, desired look, and blood type. A shampoo and specially formulated condition cleans locks and treats damaged hair, leaving cranial carpets clean and soft before cutting, and a relaxing scalp massage exhumes heads of ghosts of stress past. The expert scissor wielders carefully reshape dowdy 'dos into masterworks, and a blow-dry and style leave newly coiffed heads prepped to face judgmental mirrors.
Laura B Salon’s owner, Melissa Pounds—who shared a bevy of beauty advice in the January 2011 issue of Quintessential Barrington—helms a crew of trained stylists armed with products from brands such as Wella, INOA, and Moroccanoil. Beauty-seekers can rejuvenate during custom services ranging from VersaSpa sunless tanning and full-body waxing to ammonia-free hair-coloring treatments. Under the bright light that trickles down from silver chandeliers, hairstylists trim tendrils into flattering ’dos as patrons relax in white leather chairs, periodically checking an oval, silver-framed mirror for any evidence that their face might be secretly concealing an outlawed expression.
Drs. Sinha, Frer, and Malik are surgeons who not only renovate smiles but also treat facial trauma, TMJ, and sleep apnea in eight different offices across Chicagoland. Whether they're surgically installing a single crown atop an implant or laying down whole groups of top and bottom chompers, the surgeons commit themselves to safety and attentive care. Though specializing in health-related oral surgery, such as orthognathic surgery to fix misaligned jaws and bone grafting, they also can perform cosmetic facial surgery to sculpt the face or add an extra nose.
Skypoint Med Spa founder and primary physician Dr. Sameer Naseeruddin grew up in the Chicago area, completed an internal medicine residency at Cook County Hospital, and picked up fluency in several languages, including Spanish, along the way. Specializing in aesthetic dermatology, Dr. Naseeruddin whisks away unwanted signs of aging and pulling faces behind the boss's back with a concise menu of facial rejuvenation and weight-loss procedures. Many treatments, such as Botox and facial-filler injections, can be completed within a regular lunch hour, and all procedures are performed by the doctor himself.
At his two gyms in Bloomingdale and Rockford, Elite Defense Systems' chief instructor Matt Numrich leads practical, defense-oriented classes focused on jeet kune do, the hybrid martial art and philosophical system developed in 1965 by Bruce Lee. Jeet kune do focuses on efficiency and personal development, guiding students through a mixture of more than two dozen arts.
Though Elite Defense Systems offers one-on-one training, group lessons for men, women, and children are recommended for their sense of community, their varied sparring partners, and their chances for students to combine into a five-piece battle robot. Including Matt, the gyms have a staff of only three instructors and three assistants, allowing for a closer student-teacher relationship.
River West Fitness bottles up exercise routines inside a loft-style fitness studio with exposed brick walls and wooden beams. Dancer and personal trainer Heidi Milby inflects workouts with fluid movements rooted in Pilates, yoga, and gyrotonic sessions, which use pulley machines to strengthen and stretch muscles without jerky movements. Guests can chisel physiques during private lessons, wallop punching bags under the guidance of former professional boxer Johnny Higgins, or steal ab muscles by osmosis from others exercisers during group classes. Aching bodies can retreat to the massage table, where massage therapists soothe sores with the kneads of deep tissue, Thai, or Ashiatsu modalities.