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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.

52 E Burlington St
Riverside,
IL
US

Bertuca Salon & Spa is an oasis of relaxation for everyone?even spa-shy guys. Bertuca's "Just for Him" package pampers physiques without the glitz, with treatments such as a men's haircut, a polish-free manicure and pedicure, and a deep-tissue massage. But that doesn't mean the team can't amp up the glamour for its customers too. Those in search of pampering beauty treatments can opt for hand-painted balayage highlights, sleek Brazilian blow-out treatment, and manicures in every color except the still-elusive neon brown.

7406 Madison St
Forest Park,
IL
US

Victoria Salon's body beautifiers pamper bodies from foot to crown with an array of services performed in a clean, relaxing environment. Armed with Paul Mitchell products, skilled stylists snip off split ends, add layers, and cut foreheads free from thickets of entangling bangs in women's ($55) and men's ($35+) haircuts. Sip on a cup of java or tea and brighten up tarnished locks with highlights (full: $110; partial: $75) or ensure hair stays as soft as a Beanie Baby with a conditioning treatment ($20). Clients can streamline their faces for apple-bobbing season with lip ($15), chin ($15), or cheek ($30) waxing. After tending to above-the-neck areas, treat finger helmets to a manicure ($21) and pedicure ($45) that leave nails sparkling brighter than a set of holiday lights.

323 South Blvd
Oak Park,
IL
US

Sleek hardwood floors and a spacious interior greet clients at Westmont's Hair Garden Salon, where stylists clip, color, style, and deep-condition head threads with precision. Calibrating 'dos according to current trends as well as each client's lifestyle, mane masters meticulously shape locks for everyday looks or special events. In addition to coiffure care, professional staff rolls out nail services in the form of french manicures and paraffin-wax treatment with manicures and beautify countenances with makeup applications for a night out on the town or stuffed-animal nuptials.

1121 Fairview Ave
Westmont,
IL
US

Before hitting the salon floor, Elite Beauty's pupils undergo rigorous training in the techniques and artistry of cosmetology and nail technology. The academy's stylists—many of whom are bilingual—administer their newfound knowledge in a salon surrounded by sunshine-yellow walls, pulling from an expansive service menu to primp tresses, skin, and nails. Teaching staff also prepare current pros to become cosmetology instructors themselves, the beauty-industry equivalent of a university with a PhD program or the culinary school that appoints the next Chef Boyardee.

333 West 63rd Street
Westmont,
IL
US

The staffers at Savi Hair Studio, Tan & Nails know that a grumbling stomach can ruin a relaxing spa day as surely as it can ruin a congressional hearing on manners. That’s why they've designed the six-hour Day of Beauty to include a light lunch in between an aromatherapy facial, mani-pedi, shampoo and style, and makeup application. But even with a meal break, this package still can't claim to be a comprehensive survey of the studio's specialties, which also include Swedish and sports massages, bikini waxing, and tanning in a standup booth.

7508 W Grand Ave
Elmwood Park,
IL
US