Inside Fuchsia Nails & Spa, nail technicians hover over nails, filing down rough edges and applying colorful OPI or essie polishes. Their clients may not be so concerned with this nitty-gritty work, though. They're too busy getting shoulder massages, basking under hot towels, and clinking glasses filled with libations they've brought from home or made on the spot in a bathtub while the sheriff wasn't looking. Though nail services are the main draw, the staff also performs facials, massages, and waxing.
Though nail treatments are often considered purely aesthetic, the technicians at Logan Square Nail Salon view their manicures and pedicures as an opportunity for relaxation. Whether using traditional or no-chip polish or applying acrylics or gel overlays, technicians always upgrade their services with a hot-towel shoulder massage with olive or green-tea lotion. In private rooms, the team also performs waxing services, removing unwanted fuzz from legs, underarms, or excessively linty sweaters.
Profiled by Chicago Social Brides, Crave Chicago, and Today?s Chicago Woman, The Spa on Oak delivers thorough, custom treatments that prep skin and hair for special events or everyday style. Facial tools and ingredients include diamond-tipped microdermabrasion wands, glycolic formulas, and oxygen, which clients can store in their pores for their next scuba trip. Salon services and waxing are also available to round out complete spa makeovers.
At Le Nuvo Salon and Spa, customer service and sanitization is more of an art than a policy. From the nail technicians? UV-sterilized tools and odor-free LCN gel polish to the hygienic tools used by veteran aesthetician Madeline Galletta, who boasts two decades of industry experience. Experienced hair dressers provide services such as extensions, highlights, and color, while Lucie, Gina, and Anastasia use OPI and Essie polish to beautify clients' hands and feet.
Ambitious Nails and Lips Bar's digit decorators doll up nails and lips with polish and glosses in an array of hues. Customized to the client's preference, the nail technicians lavish hands and feet with mani-pedis that soften skin and prevent spontaneous hand jives displayed by bored and neglected extremities.
Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, Wellness Nail Spa offers a tranquil respite from the city's hustle and bustle. Their eponymous mani-pedi package is as thorough and as it is indulgent—it includes a sea-salt soak, salt scrub, crystal exfoliation, and reflexology massage in addition to the traditional grooming and coat of polish. The nail technicians also perform men's and children's services, as well as no-chip manicures that remain chip-free even after clawing your way through a prison-cell wall.
Though nails get top billing, the team also administers a diverse selection of beauty and relaxation services. Facials include advanced treatments such as pressure-point lymphatic drainage, enzyme peels, and ultrasound therapy designed to lift and firm the skin. Massage therapists induce muscular relaxation with a variety of techniques, such as aromatherapy, hot stones, and deep-tissue kneads. The spa itself also embodies an earthy calmness: Plush, mossy-colored chairs sit at the manicure stations, and dark wood beams run across the wall behind ivory pedicure chairs with palm-green soaking tubs.