Perfect Image Salon, an Aveda Concept salon, is concerned with taking that extra step to ensure that patrons feel pampered and are able to decompress from the outside world. That's why guests sip cups of complimentary tea, infused with peppermint and licorice root, as they wait for a waxing service or settle in for a shampoo, conditioning, and stress-relieving Blue Oil neck massage. The salon's custom facials, which utilize Aveda's plant-based products, always begin with a footbath, and their makeup products are made from ingredients such as Brazilian nut-seed pigment, cinnamon from Madagascar, and the tears of ripe berries with pure hearts.
To make each experience truly relaxing, Perfect Image Salon lets guests pick a complimentary service to enjoy during their visits: a soothing neck and shoulder massage, a hand massage, an aromatic steam towel during their shampoo, or a makeup touch-up at the end of the reservation
A picture of a serene pond dappled with water lilies seems to imbue the treatment room at Trocoa Skin Acumen with the calm of a woodland hideaway. Candles glow by the floral bedspread and the gray-green walls, chasing stress from clients' minds as aestheticians pamper skin with custom facials that treat a range of conditions. The Urban Renewal facial, for example, uses the powerful antioxidant vitamin C to reverse sun and environmental damage caused by bathing in radiation in order to gain superpowers. Fruit acids shrink blemishes during the Defiant Acne facial, and the sensitive-skin facial likewise channels natural ingredients, including chamomile and green tea.
Though the spa's staff members specialize in these examples of noninvasive skincare, they also administer chemical peels, waxing services, permanent makeup, and teeth-whitening treatments.
Maureen?s education didn't stop after she became a certified and licensed aesthetician. She then completed an apprenticeship with Dermalogica and learned to specialize in peels, brow shaping, eyelash extensions, waxing, and makeup applications. With the knowhow and the right formulas, her facials are customized to tackle each client?s individual dermal issues, from stubborn acne to confetti-riddled pores.
Tucked inside the Forum Building, Avantè Hair & Day Spa’s six-person staff tends to clients with a diverse roster of salon and beauty services. Specialties include hair, feather, and tinsel extensions, color and texture services, and Redken conditioning treatments.
The stylists and nail technicians at New Reflections Salon operate on the premise that everyone deserves to feel beautiful. That’s why they don’t limit their menu of services to any one gender or age group—men, women, and children are equally welcome to sit down and relax amid the salon’s gauzy purple tapestries.
In addition to their basic hairstyling services, the staff waxes eyebrows and lips and further enhances complexions with natural mineral makeup. Not to be outdone by their counterparts, nail technicians tend to natural and acrylic nails with specialty treatments such as Shellac manicures and chocolate pedicures, the latter of which includes a chocolate body-butter foot massage and a soak in gooey fudge.
Behind almost any skincare product is a team of chemists in charge of testing and perfecting its delicate blend of ingredients. Rarely, though, do those chemists go on to create their own product lines. But that's just what Elina Fedotova did, turning her expertise as a cosmetic chemist, herbalist, and aesthetician towards crafting healthy and nurturing products. Her products are handmade with seasonal ingredients that nourish skin without the use of harmful chemicals or eye of newt. At her relaxing Chicago spa, stress disappears as guests sip herbal tea in the light-purple lobby. One of her clients' favorite treatments is the corrective herbal facial, which Chicago Magazine named the city's best in 2012.