Hairstyling is in Terry Abraham's blood. The third-generation stylist comes from a line of hairstylists who have been managing manes for more than 80 years. Continuing in his family's footsteps, Terry partnered with 20-year master stylist Anthony Tuzzolino––who boasts world-wide training with such names as Leland Hirsh and Gambuzza––to create iDesign Salon, where today the duo pools their 50 years of combined expertise to transform tresses with products from Bumble and bumble, Moroccanoil, and Aquage. Proficient in color, the salon's self-proclaimed specialty is in the creation of "gorgeous blonds," which they fashion with help from Schwartzkopf Professional Color and advice whispered from a framed photo of Veronica Lake.
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.
After years of learning the tricks of the trade in his parent’s salon, Frank Paganis set out on his own to create a name for himself in the hair world and open his own salon. Today, his name rests on the front of his Riverside salon, but Frank—a master colorist and one-time hair teacher—isn’t the only member of his family inside. His father Bill Paganis also works in the salon alongside a team of experienced stylists including colorists and an extension specialist.
The Pagani team beautifies locks with L’Oreal and Davines haircare products, as well as such specialty services as keratin treatments and ombre and balayage highlights. Before each service, a stylist provides a complimentary consultation to ensure desired ‘dos can be obtained or are even street legal.
Studio Ritz isn't just named for the glamorous services it provides or the elegant location it holds within the Drake Oak Brook Plaza. The boutique spa is also named after owner, Ritzie Postmus, a nail technician with more than 15 years of experience. Ritzie, along with a dedicated team of stylists and nail technicians, aims to pamper patrons to the fullest, which is why consultations are a top priority at the lavishly decorated space. A gold velvet canopy drapes around a pedicure throne, where feet are softened with callus removal and a jacuzzi soak during three types of pedicure. More than 90 Nail Harmony and 100 magnetic nail-polish bottles frame manicure stations as technicians enhance fingertips with the salon’s specialty no-chip manicures, acrylic tips, and fiber wraps. Nail techs also employ products from OPI, CND, and Gelish, and wield tools sanitized with hospital-grade disinfectant.
Ritz's stylists—many of whom are platform artists at beauty shows—further beautify clients with foil highlights that add dimension, a formaldehyde-free KeraSmooth hair-smoothing treatment, and seamless hair extensions that would make Rapunzel take a second look. Knowing that waxing can cause a bit of a sting, Ritzie and her team use Clean + Easy sensitive wax on delicate areas and finish each treatment with an Aveda hydrating mask.