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.
When you pass through the doors of Primal Oceans Salt Cave, its feels like you've been transported to another world. A cavern made out of pink Himalayan sea salt surrounds you, and soft salt sands shift under your toes. Stalactites and stalagmites reach into the center of the cave, and a sea of stars swims overhead. You sink into an antigravity chair for your 45-minute session, and the scent of pure Himalayan sea salt opens your lungs and allows you to breathe more deeply and relax in the meditative atmosphere. After departing the salt cave, you can recharge your body with spa services that include an ionic detox footbath, an aqua massage where you stay fully clothed and dry, and Aquascape, a water bed that mimics the feeling of floating in the ocean.
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.
Skincare regimens evolve throughout a lifetime. They begin in adolescence, with the appearance of a first pimple, and carry into middle age with the appearance of a first wrinkle.
That's why Nu Skin Scene's skincare services span the entire spectrum of concerns. Its beautifiers customize their facials to target whatever nagging issue assails each client's skin. That might mean a mask or chemical peel tailored to fight acne or wrinkles, or one that simply evens out rough texture or blotchy tones. And they don't just tend to the face; staff members also wax hair from the body and perform treatments designed to leave skin soft from head to toe?just like sleeping in one huge lotion-filled glove.
Beautiful Image Cosmetology College is devoted to the dual mission of educating future beauty-industry professionals and providing clients with a slew of salon and spa services. Under the auspices of a licensed cosmetology teacher, students undertake state-approved curricula, including a 1,500-hour cosmetology program and a 350-hour nail-technician program. Clients reap the benefits, enjoying manicures, pedicures, facials, and other treatments while students earn their credentials.
For Antonette Johnson, beauty runs in the family. Her earliest training came from her mother, a licensed cosmetologist and salon owner. Now a licensed aesthetician herself, Johnson glitzes up clients at Face2Face Spa Studio. She specializes in makeup, laser hair removal, and skincare—revitalizing skin with facials and glycolic peels and creating luscious looks with eyelash extensions.