It’s not the lime-green walls, polished hardwood floors, and sleek black furnishings that steal the spotlight at Michael D Anthony’s—it’s the clients who walk out with fully transformed looks. Stylists use Redken products to add subtle highlights or dramatic colors, and manicurists meticulously trim, hacksaw, shape, and polish nails. Clients can add perfect eyebrow arches to their impromptu makeovers with a quick wax.
John Montalto, a 26-year veteran of the hair-styling industry, delivers a variety of luxurious treatments for men and women at his Western Springs salon and spa. Deft hands transform female tresses with custom cuts and colors and sweep strands into updos for charity balls or cubes. Manly follicles flee from faces after hot shaves, beard trims, and mustache modifications. A mirrored wall reflects aestheticians as they cosset nail beds during mani-pedi, and potted foliage shades clientele during facials, waxing, and various modalities of massage.
Located in a renovated 19th-century home, Brennan Massage and Spa swathes visitors in quaint atmosphere. Rocking chairs and potted flowers cover the front porch, and inside, original woodwork and contemporary furniture furnishes sunlit rooms. The staff offers guests complimentary cups of organic tea and free baths in piles of woodchips before pampering them with organic, paraben-free facials, relaxing massages, or all-encompassing spa packages. The spa also features a variety of organic, handmade products purchased from small businesses, including scented lotions, shea butters, and skincare lines.
Family Massage Trust's therapists use their skilled hands to help clients relax and relieve pain. Their signature European manual-therapy treatment works to ease aches and instill relaxation by blending Asian and European methods of physical therapy and massage. They also perform anticellulite treatments to smooth out stubborn areas of fat and offer a Swedish-massage course to train hands how to knead a rib-eye steak into a meatball.
Your Natural Element Day Spa & Salon's team of aestheticians, massage therapists, and hairstylists harnesses the nourishing power of Aveda and Full Spectrum products to beautify each visitor who walks through the door. Victorian-inspired armchairs nestle awaiting clients before stylists usher them before the ornate mirrors decking each salon station. There, they harness scissors and curling irons to transform coifs through a range of cut and color treatments. Seven types of facials and peels resurface skin with wholesome botanicals, and massage and body treatments leave statures more polished than the catwalk at a slipper fashion show.