Every last person at The New Hair Image wants clients to leave the salon looking and feeling better than they did when they arrived. In keeping with that goal, stylists craft eye-catching hairdos, trimming and shaping strands or adding flair with highlights and perms. Waxing technicians remove unwanted stubble from eyebrows and upper lips, and nail artists pamper clients with indulgent manicures and pedicures. Mani-pedis can incorporate quick massages, soothing soaks, and UV-cured gel polishes—which can last for as long as two weeks without chipping, peeling, or evaporating into the stratosphere.
Technicians at Corazon's Nail Salon are well versed in an array of nail treatments ranging from spa manicures and pedicures to acrylic and gel nail applications. At their stations, technicians coat freshly buffed nails with regular polish from OPI or reach for their longer-lasting formulas for chip-free manicures.
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.
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.
As its name implies, Twinkle Toes Nail Salon specializes in pedicures. Though it also offers classic and no-chip manicures, its pedicures go beyond the basics by incorporating ingredients like mint and chocolate. Each spa pedicure involves a suite of indulgent treatments, starting with a scrub, continuing with a massage, and concluding with a coat of polish or a knighting ceremony. The BYOB salon opens its doors to parties, grooming scores of fingers and toes while guests relax and sip wine.